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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F1 RebeccaFoundation 1

Prerequisite: None
Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299 (SF) / $329 (Palo Alto)

See the Foundation 1 class schedule »

Foundation 1 is our fun introduction to the joys and thrills of improvisation and the BATS style of improvised theatre. Students learn improv concepts and vocabulary, practice new skills, and perform in a safe, friendly atmosphere.

Through games and exercises, you’ll play, explore, and experiment with creating characters and scenes, guided by one of our seasoned coaches. Foundation 1 is all about unleashing your innate skill. Are you human? Then you have all the experience necessary to excel!

At the conclusion, you can move on to Foundation 2 or continue to take Foundation 1 as many times as you’d like. You’re sure to get something new out of it each time!

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

NOTE: Attendance at the first session of your course is strongly encouraged. If you think you will have to miss the first session of your Foundation 1 class, please notify the office before registering.

 

Friday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

March 3  - March 5, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 3-day intensive: 3 hours (7-10pm on Friday) and 6 hours each on Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a one-hour lunch break each day) 
Class dates: March 3, 4, and 5
Class length: 15 hours total instruction
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $269

Saturdays, 2:30 - 5:30 PM

March 11 - April 15, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 6 sessions
Class dates: March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, and 15
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299

Guest Coach
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Rez Graham

Sundays, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

April 2 - May 14, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 6 sessions, skipping one week
Class dates: April 2, 9, (skip 16), 23, 30, May 7, and 14
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299

Guest Coach
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Rez Graham

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

April 12 - May 17, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class dates: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, and 17
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299

Coach
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Chris Sams

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

April 12 – May 17, 2017
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: 6 sessions 
Class dates: Wednesdays April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, and 17
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $329

Coach
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John Remak

Friday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

April 21  - April 23, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 3-day intensive: 3 hours (7-10pm on Friday) and 6 hours each on Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a one-hour lunch break each day) 
Class dates: April 21, 22, and 23
Class length: 15 hours total instruction
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $269

Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

May 4 - June 8, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, and 8
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

May 16 – June 20, 2017
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: 6 sessions 
Class dates: Tuesdays May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, and 20
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $329

Guest Coach
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Derek Yee

Friday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

May 26  - May 28, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 3-day intensive: 3 hours (7-10pm on Friday) and 6 hours each on Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a one-hour lunch break each day) 
Class dates: Memorial Day weekend - May 26, 27, and 28
Class length: 15 hours total instruction
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $269

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

May 31 - July 5, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class dates: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, and July 5
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299

“BATS coaches are all extremely enthusiastic, supportive, and helpful.”

– BATS Student

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

 

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