Chris Sams

Coach since 2005

Chris Sams served for eight years as Director of BATS’ Improv @ Work (formerly On-The-Go) corporate training programs. He joined the BATS School of Improv coaching staff in January 2005. Chris enjoys teaching all levels of series classes, from Foundation 1 to performance classes such as the Harold and TheatreSports.

A current trainer-facilitator with BATS’ Improv @ Work program, Chris catalyzes teams to develop more innovative professionals and business leaders. He has led workshops focusing on a range of business skills, such as communication, adaptability, navigating change, creativity, leadership, presence, storytelling, collaboration, building trust, and enhancing team dynamics. Chris has led workplace workshops for more than 100 companies and corporate teams, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Facebook, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, LinkedIn, McKinsey & Co., UC Berkeley Haas Center for Executive Education, and Virgin America.

Chris has performed improv in a variety of groups and settings, including All-Star shows and BATS’ Sunday Player shows since 2002. He has guested with Un-Scripted Theatre Company to host more than 50 performances of You Bet Your Improvisor. Chris now performs as an ensemble member of Un-Scripted’s DASH, a freestyle flashform hour-long improv spectacle. He debuted and directed The Blank Show at BATS Improv, where he hosts the improvised game show on select Sundays. He’s appeared on the BATS stage on ten Cave Match teams, including the Flux Capacitors, the Hand Models of #YOLO County, and Pun Direction.