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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What Our Clients Say

 

I recommend BATS training to any organization that wants to have creative people that cooperate and cooperative people that create, assuming they can stand the fun.

– Randy Nelson, Dean of Pixar University, Pixar Animation Studios


Our whole team was talking about how the session exceeded our expectations. [It’s] a unique activity that is meaningful and fun. In [my coworker’s] Will’s words, the session was ‘a really rare combo of fun and relevance not often experienced in team off sites. Our trainer was terrific.’

I hugely appreciated all of the pre-work and thought that went into the session. You are clearly tremendous professionals, and I am so glad that this resource is available for teams!

– Joanne Yun, YouTube Google


The performers were absolutely hilarious! Thank you so much for providing a wonderful cast that put on an extremely entertaining show! Many of the attendees have told me that was definitely the highlight of the day!

– Garrett White, Accenture


Everyone told me after the session that they enjoyed the improv training immensely. I think this was the most fun we’ve ever had as a team together, and on the side we got to practice some really useful skills for our job without even noticing it (storytelling, listening, spontaneous reacting and speaking, being creative …). This was a fantastic session.

– Helen Schoch, Google


It was a very successful program. [The BATS trainers] energized the group. Their exercises brought us together as clinicians in ways we had not experienced before.

– Dr. Scott Abramson, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group


BATS Improv provided SAP with a great team building session! The team building exercises were listed as one of the highlights at our 2-1/2 day off-site meeting. [The trainers] were professional, funny, and encouraging. The group laughed a lot and learned how to communicate better.

– Marie Goodell, SAP


[BATS] exceeded our expectations. It was nothing but enjoyable for everyone.

– Foote Cone & Belding


I wanted to let you know how completely amazed and delighted our entire office was with Friday’s training sessions. Everyone had a wonderful time, we learned a lot, and we got to know each other really well, which was the primary goal of our day. There have been many many comments about what a great teacher [the trainer] is, and how people truly enjoyed the day (and they want to know when we can do it again).

Thank you for helping us set it up, and thank you for your hard work in making it all happen.

– Paula Jenkins, Tribal DDB San Francisco


We got a lot of benefit out of the session. [Our BATS trainer] was great to work with, was very comfortable with our group, and I felt like we were able to cover a lot of ground in the short time we were together. The energy he brought in helped us all get engaged and really interact in a whole new way with each other. It was very illustrative of how our small team works and collaborates, and inspired us to do more.

The evening of improv was a great way to cap the night and reinforced the lessons of open and helpful communication. Really happy with how things worked out. Hope we can do it again soon.

– Tim Gnatek, Blue Practice, Inc.


BATS [Improv @ Work] was recommended as a good team building exercise by two different colleagues. . . . I liked how the training progressed throughout the afternoon, starting very simple and non-threatening, to getting more adventurous and fun. . . . I would recommend this as a unique team-building opportunity that is different from our typical events. Very good for experienced team members who think they have “seen it all.”

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


It got everyone out of their shell and thinking quickly.

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


I had seen one of your Main Stage shows and loved it, so . . . when looking for entertainment for our holiday party, I decided to look you up to see if you guys did private functions. . . . I had a specific vision for format and everyone was really great with working with my requests and incorporating the venue into the performance. . . . Everyone was so great to work with and the show was fantastic! Really great experience the whole way through. You guys are so incredibly great at what you do, in every aspect from planning to performance!

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


[What did I like most about the Improv @ Work training?] Seeing the preconceived notions fall away as we did the various things the trainer requested us to do. . . . It was a great experience and really made our retreat memorable.

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


[What did I like most about the Improv @ Work training?] The ability to relate to my co-workers in a completely different way from the day-to-day routine that everyone is used to. . . . [Would I recommend it?] Absolutely — great value, totally new way for colleagues to get to know one another outside of the workplace, and left everyone talking and recounting memories of the event for days/weeks afterward.

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


[What did I like most about the Improv @ Work training?] The debrief discussion after each exercise that ties the exercise back to an aspect of workplace behavior (e.g., collaboration, risk-taking). . . . [The Improv @ Work director] was amazingly patient and customer-focused in our planning discussions!!

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


[The trainer] was amazing and able to adapt his training exercises the morning of his presentation based on the information about our group and the current focus of our training. It was so impressive.

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


They made potentially awkward situations very safe feeling, allowing people to stretch outside of their comfort zone. . . . I have recommended the program and will continue to do so.

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


[What did I like most about the Improv @ Work training?] The design support I received from [the Improv @ Work director] in coming up with activities that built the specific skills I was focusing on. . . . Dynamic and effective way to learn, especially as it relates to how you present yourself under stress. . . . Look forward to working together soon!

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


[The Improv @ Work director] listened to what I wanted and communicated this to the trainers.

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


[The entertainment team] understood the audience (especially kids) and enabled participants and observers all to enjoy.

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)


 

“They made potentially awkward situations very safe, allowing people to stretch outside their comfort zone.”

– Improv @ Work client (from anonymous survey)

Contact us to learn how BATS Improv @ Work programs can be customized for your group.

work@improv.org
(415) 474-6776