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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John ZoeFoundation 2

Prerequisite: Foundation 1
Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total)
Class size: 14 students maximum
Tuition: $299 (SF) / $329 (Palo Alto)

See the Foundation 2 class schedule »

In Foundation 2, students use the tools they developed in Foundation 1 as they learn more games and formats, build performance skills, and explore their own style of play.

Students are introduced to teamwork, stage skills, CROWE (character, relationship, objective, where, emotion), narrative, and scene work and solidify their understanding of status and other concepts from Foundation 1. Though the emphasis is very much on fun, the class curriculum includes some conceptual and technical information.

At the conclusion of Foundation 2, students are welcome to move on to Foundation 3, or repeat Foundation 2 as many times as they wish to keep playing and cementing those skills.


3-Day Foundation 2 Intensive

August 11  - August 13, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 3 hours on Friday night and 6 hours on Saturday and Sunday (with a 1-hour lunch break both days)
Class Time/Dates: 7-10pm on Friday, August 11
10am-5pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) Saturday and Sunday August 12 and 13
Class size: 14 students maximum 
Class length: 15 hours total of instruction
Tuition: $309
Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or equivalent. Please contact Regina Saisi, Dean, with any questions about prerequisites or your eligibility at or 415-474-6776.

Foundation 2 focuses on refining your improv knowledge and skill set, reinforcing the concepts you learned in Foundation 1 through games, play, and exercises.

This course covers all of the content of the 6-week Foundation 2 class over three days.

While the emphasis is still on fun, course content also explores more conceptual and technical information and helps you build the skills you need to perform in front of an audience.

Students in Foundation 2 are required to read one of the definitive texts on improv: IMPRO by Keith Johnstone. Johnstone invented Theatresports, one of the core improv formats we play at BATS. BATS sells the book for $25; it is also available from a variety of retail outlets. When enrolling, please indicate whether or not you would like to purchase the book from BATS. If so, you can pay for it at time of registration and pick up their book on your first day of class.

At the conclusion, everyone "passes" and can move on to Foundation 3, but you can also take Foundation 2 as many times as you would like.



Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

August 17 - September 21
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 6 sessions; once a week for 6 weeks
Class Dates: August 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, and 21
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Tuition: $299
Prerequisite: Foundation 1

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

– BATS Student

Class Locations


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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