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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3-Hour Intro3-Hour Introductory Workshops

Prerequisite: None
Schedule: one session
Class length: 3 hours
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $45

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For people with limited time/resources or who aren’t sure improv is for them, we have developed two dip-your-toe-in-the-water introductory workshops. In these 3-hour classes, students use games and exercises to explore the basic concepts and skills of improvised theatre. And after you’ve had a taste, you may very well want the complete improv experience in Foundation 1, our 6-week beginner class, which more fully covers the material.

These workshops are a steal at $45 — you can treat yourself and a friend to an afternoon of fun, surprises, and big laughs for the price of a nice meal. These classes make great gifts!

Still on the fence? Here’s why you should study improv at BATS.


Intro to Improv

If you’ve ever been intrigued by improv and want to see what it’s all about, this one-time, fun introduction to improv is just for you! In this 3-hour workshop you’ll learn the basics of improvised theatre — spontaneity, playfulness, creativity, listening, storytelling, and more — through fun games and exercises. Our coaches create a safe, inviting environment for trying new things and taking a few risks. You’ll stretch your boundaries (just a bit, no pressure) while you meet some new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and generally have a great time.


Improv for Shy People

Signing up for an improv class may be the last thing on your mind if you consider yourself shy, but at BATS, learning improv is extremely safe and supportive. And shy folks can especially benefit from improv skills such as spontaneity, flexibility, and social/emotional risk taking. Taught by coaches experienced in creating a comfortable, safe environment, this class introduces the basic concepts and skills of improvised theatre — spontaneity, playfulness, creativity, listening, storytelling, and more — through fun games and exercises. You’ll experiment with stretching your boundaries (just a little, don’t worry) while you meet some new people, explore improv’s life lessons and generally have a great time.

 

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Saturday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

November 4, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: November 4
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Guest Coach

Toni Mazzuca

Intro to Improv in Palo Alto
Monday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Monday, November 6, 2017
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: One session
Class date: 7-10 pm on Monday, November 6
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $50
Prerequisite: None - everyone is welcome!

Coach

Derek Yee

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Sunday, 2:30 - 5:30 PM

November 12, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: November 12
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Coach

Rez Graham

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Monday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

November 20, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: November 20
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Coach
Laura

Laura Derry

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Monday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

December 4, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: December 4
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Saturday, 2:30 - 5:30 PM

December 9, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: December 9
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Coach

Rez Graham

Intro to Improv for Families!
at Fort Mason
Sunday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

December 17, 2016
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

One session: Class held Sunday, December 17th from 11am-2pm
Class length: 3 hours
Prerequisite:
 Open to children, ages 7 and over, and their families! (All children under the age of 18 must be present with a guardian.)

If you've ever been intrigued by improv and want to see what it's all about, or want to spend a fun afternoon playing games with your family, this one-time, fun introduction to improv is just for you! This 3-hour workshop will give you the basics behind improvised theater—spontaneity, playfulness, creativity, listening and storytelling, to name a few—and give you a chance to explore what BATS-style improv is all about.  This special class is open to children, age 7 and above, and their parents or guardians! Come play!

**Please note the registration options! Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult - tuition for each adult is $45. The tuition for the first child with an adult is FREE! Each additional child is $22.50.**

Please contact registrar@improv.org or call us at the office at 415-474-6776 with any registration questions or concerns. 

Improv for Shy People at Fort Mason
Wednesday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

December 20, 7-10pm
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 1 session
Class dates and time: 7-10pm on Wednesday, December 20
Class length: 3 hours 
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - everyone is welcome!

Do you self-identify as shy or introverted? Are you unlikely to be the first to speak up in class or in a meeting? Do you find yourself overshadowed by your friends, family, or colleagues? Are you overwhelmed when you're in a big group of people? 

Signing up for an improv class may be the last thing on your mind if you consider yourself shy, but you'd be surprised how safe and supportive the art form can be.  Focused on creating a comfortable and safe environment, Improv for Shy People introduces the basics of BATS-style improv in order to cultivate spontaneity, flexibility, and confidence.  Improv skills build trust and cooperation and tap into the imaginative and creative qualities that we all possess. This class will leave you with some real tools to apply to your life, and you'll have a tremendously fun time in the process of acquiring them!

“It’s a lot of fun, teaches me skills I can apply to my day-to-day life.”

– BATS Student

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Foundation 1

with Ken Robertson
Sundays, 11:00am – 2:00pm
October 29 – December 10, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco


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Class Locations

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BATS Improv
Center for Improvised Theatre

Bayfront Theater
B350 Fort Mason Center
San Francisco

 

Studio 210
3435 Cesar Chavez Street
San Francisco

 

Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto

 

See School FAQs for registration details, plus info on parking, nearby food, safety, etc.