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 in Palo Alto
Wednesday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: One session
Class date: 7-10 pm on Wednesday, July 5
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $50
Prerequisite: None - everyone is welcome!

Guest Coach

Pam McLeod

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

July 5, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 1 session
Class dates and time: 7 - 10pm on Wednesday, July 5
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!

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

July 21, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 1 session
Class dates and time: 7 - 10pm on Friday, July 21
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!

Coach
Kasey Klemm

Kasey Klemm

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

July 25, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date/time: 7-10pm on Tuesday, July 25
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

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

August 10, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: August 10
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome! 

 

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: One session
Class date: 7-10 pm on Wednesday, August 23
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $50
Prerequisite: None - everyone is welcome!

Guest Coach

Pam McLeod

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

August 28, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: August 28
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

“I can’t remember when I’ve felt more comfortable to make a mistake or take a risk.”

– BATS Student

Start Improvising

Foundation 1

with Derek Yee
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
June 28 – August 2, 2017
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto


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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.