Shortform: (usually on Fridays)
fun and fast-paced improvised theatre, filled with scenes, songs, games, and lots of audience participation and suggestions.

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Longform: (usually on Saturdays)
full-length, narrative, genre-driven, completely improvised stories based on audience suggestions.

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SF Chronicle – Warp Speed Featured in 96 Hours

96 Hours
San Francisco Chronicle and
Thursday – Sunday, July 3 -6, 2014

Theater: ‘Warp Speed’

BATS Improv boldly goes where no improv have before, with audience suggestions inspiring the creating of entirely new characters (no Kirk, no Spock), relationships and worlds in a new improvised enterprise each night.


Summer Sessions Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

May 1, 2014

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the BATS School of Improv’s Summer Sessions. Students have come from all over the world to participate in these unique intensive classes. Each year we host notable guest coaches, such as Theatresports™ founder Keith Johnstone and Blind Date creator Rebecca Northan. This year we’re pleased to welcome back Patricia Madsen Ryan, author of Improv Wisdom (and a coach at the very first Summer Session in 1994!).

See the Summer Sessions schedule »

BATS Improv Live In-Studio on KGO Radio

April 12, 2014

Kasey Klemm and Rebecca Poretsky from the BATS Main Stage Company sit down live in-studio with Pat Thurston on KGO radio tonight, April 12, from 7:30 to 8:00 PM. What is BATS? How can you teach improv? How do we approach genre? What are the shows like?

 Listen to the full interview »

BATS Improv Announces Addition of Two New Company Members

March 25, 2014

BATS Improv is pleased to announce Ethan Karson and Jason Leal as the newest members of our Main Stage Company. 

Get to know Ethan Karson »

Get to knowJason Leal »

Kasey Klemm to Serve Second Term as BATS Artistic Director

March 25, 2014

BATS Improv is pleased to announce that Kasey Klemm, BATS Artistic Director since 2011, will be serving a second term and continuing as Artistic Director through 2017. Kasey began studying improv at BATS in 1997 and joined the Main Stage Company in 2000. 

Get to know Kasey Klemm »

BATS Gets 100th Yelp 5-Star Review

February 13, 2014

This week we hit a milestone in the Yelp world, 100 5-star reviews! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share their great experience at BATS Improv.

Read the reviews »

BATS Improv Live In-Studio on KGO Radio

December 1, 2013

Kasey Klemm, Kimberly MacLean, and Laura Derry from the BATS Main Stage Company sit down live in-studio with Pat Thurston on KGO radio this coming Saturday, December 1, from 6:30 to 7:00 PM.

Listen to the full interview »

BATS Improv Named SF Bay Area’s “Best Theatre Company” 2013

October 16, 2013

Breaking news: BATS Improv was just announced as the Bay Area’s “Best Theatre Company” for 2013 in the SF Bay Guardian‘s Best of the Bay Awards. This is our 17th “Best of” Award, and we couldn’t have done it without you! 

See the award »

BATS Improv Live In-Studio on KFOG Radio

August 20, 2013

BATS Company Members Kasey Klemm, Rafe Chase, and Lisa Rowland will appear live in-studio on the KFOG Morning Show this coming Thursday, August 23, from 7:00 to 7:30 AM.

Listen to the full interview »

Giants Hold Team Tryouts: BATS On-the-Go Team Visits AT&T Park

March 25, 2011

The BATS On-the-Go team visited AT&T Park today to help train potential stadium staff. The high profile training was captured by the KNTV (NBC Bay Area) News team and later broadcast on the 6 o’clock news. The trainees were trying out for positions as stadium promoters during SF Giants games. Trainers included BATS Company members Barbara Scott, Laura Derry, Regina Saisi, and OTG Director Chris Sams. 

Watch the video »

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– BATS student (from anonymous survey)

We are non-profit theatre company

BATS Improv is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to cultivating and innovating the craft of improvised theatre.  Your gift helps us make professional live theatre accessible to everyone, and it will help you at tax time too!