Company Member since 1986
Coach since 1986
“A reliable source of inspired invention.” –San Francisco Chronicle
Barbara Scott has been improvising for 35 years with Bay Area groups—in the early days with Screaming Memes, Comedy Underground and Femprov (the first all-female improv group in SF)– and has been a member of the BATS Company and coaching staff since its first year. She’s played TheatresportsTM and long form theater in many U.S. cities, as well as in, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, and as part of a national touring company in New Zealand.
She is a founding member of True Fiction Magazine Improvisational Theatre, with whom she’s performed internationally.
Barbara teaches improv at BATS, American Conservatory Theatre, the San Francisco Opera Center, Bay Area high schools, and Stagebridge Senior Theater (where she directs the improv group Antic Witties). She has led master improv classes at Stanford University, Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, the Funny Women Fest in Chicago, ImproLabo in Tokyo, and at international improv festivals.
She specializes in teaching song improvisation, usually with Joshua Brody; they recently returned from their second workshop in Japan. The two of them are members of the a cappella improv choir Tonal Chaos.
In 2010 Barbara was honored with the 1st Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Improv Community by the San Francisco Improv Festival. In 2009 she received the Rebecca Stockley Superhero Award for Outstanding Service to the BATS Improv Community.
Q & A
What was your first BATS show?
I was in the audience for the first public performance by BATS, November 10, 1986, at the New Conservatory Theater.
What are your favorite formats?
Musicals, genre longforms
Best moment on the BATS stage?
Any improv advice?
Slow down and trust your instincts.
What are your artistic Influences?
Carol Burnett, Jonathan Winters, Gilda Radner, the Beatles, Major League Baseball (which taught me patience), and my parents.
Shawshank Redemption, Moonrise Kingdom, Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story
Beatles, classical, R&B
Favorite live theatre?
Why should people study improv?
Going from a “no” person to a “yes” person will change your life. Promise.