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PRESS RELEASE: BATS Names Brent Sverdloff Executive Director

Release date: 2/11/2008

Sverdloff replaces Alice Hansen, Interim Executive Director, who will resume her position on BATS' Board of Directors.

San Francisco, CA (February 11, 2008) - BATS Improv, San Francisco's premier improvisational theatre and school, welcomes Brent Sverdloff as its new Executive Director. Sverdloff replaces Alice Hansen, Interim Executive Director, who will resume her position on BATS' Board of Directors.

"Brent's career has centered on relationship-building in the arts, and that experience dovetails perfectly with BATS," said Hansen.

Rich Cox, president of BATS' board commented, "We're very fortunate to have Brent with us. In addition to understanding the arts community, he also brings a solid background in education, from developing curriculum to heightening institutional visibility."

Sverdloff most recently served as Director of Marketing and Communications at The Boston Conservatory, where he led campaigns to increase the Conservatory's public exposure, patron base, and recruitment and fundraising efforts. Sverdloff has also held positions with increasing responsibilities at the Getty Research Institute, Harvard University, and DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.

As Executive Director, Sverdloff will be responsible for furthering BATS' mission through fiscal oversight, fund development, relationship building, and strategic planning.

"I'm excited to be part of such a creative and collaborative performing arts organization," said Sverdloff.

"Whenever I told colleagues in the San Francisco arts community that I was interviewing at BATS, their reaction was consistent: a burst of enthusiasm and a colorful anecdote about how much they had enjoyed a show or a workshop. The BATS players create so many vivid experiences.

"I especially look forward to raising awareness among aging GenXers and baby boomers about how BATS' shows and courses can help us preserve our mental agility. Still, anyone at any age can benefit from what we offer – more laughter, enhanced critical thinking skills, and quality social interaction. Improv can play a meaningful role in everybody's personal and professional life."

About BATS Improv Theatre
Acclaimed by critics as “bounce-in-your seat funny,” “consistently hilarious,” and "San Francisco's premier improvisational theatre", BATS Improv has been a leader in the Bay Area's innovative improv theatre scene since its debut in 1986 Fifty weeks a year, BATS presents a series of completely improvised shows in a variety of formats—from short-form competitions to full-length improvised plays and musicals and everything in between.

BATS has also gained a reputation as one of the best schools of improvisational theatre anywhere in the world, and offers improv classes and workshops to adults, kids, corporations, non-profits and other groups. BATS attracts students from all over the United States, and as far away as Australia, England, and Japan.

Additionally, BATS offers free improvisation classes through its “Laughing Stock” program to people living with HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, cancer, and other chronic, life-threatening illnesses. Classes focus on strengthening quality of life through humor, physical activity, group interaction, risk-taking, and imagination games.