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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Foundation SpecialtyFoundation Specialty

Prerequisite: Varies by class
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: Varies by class

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Foundation Specialty classes give you more opportunities to play and have fun while deepening your improv knowledge in a specific area. Classes range from one to four weeks and explore a particular improv skill, such as status, character, games, singing, genre, narrative, or spontaneity.

These classes are a great place for Foundation-level students to explore a distinct element of improv in more depth, working with coaches who are skilled in that particular area.

 

Improvised Song 101 
with Joshua Raoul Brody
Monday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

June 12, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 1 session
Class dates: 7 - 10pm on Monday, June 12
Class length: 3 hours
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $45 
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

This class is for beginners and for improvisers who have taken Song 101 before, but need to keep up their improvised song skills. It's a good way to stay on top of your improvised singing!

 

 

Being Vulnerable

Sundays, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

June 18 – June 25, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 2 sessions 
Class dates: 11am - 2pm on Sundays June 18 and 25
Class size: 16 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total)
Tuition: $90
Prerequisite: Foundation 1 and above

Being vulnerable onstage is the key to portraying real characters and hooking the audience. Whether it is an action scene or an intimate scene, being vulnerable will make your characters real.

You'll work on heightening your emotional range through a series of exercises, scene work, and scenarios. Specific skills that we will be working on will include: showing not saying, getting hurt, emotional noises, intimacy, and reverie. Students should be prepared to play themselves and also take on characters.

 

Guest Coach

Bill Stahl

Improv for Lawyers - Improvisation in the Courtroom with Martin Sabelli, Rebecca Stockley, & John Remak

Saturday, 2-5pm
Sunday, 10am-5pm

June 24 – June 25, 2017
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Class schedule: Class held Saturday, June 24, 2-5pm and Sunday, June 25, 10am-5pm with a 1-hour lunch break from 1-2pm
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length:  9 hours total of instruction.
Prerequisite:
 This class is for lawyers only. Must be a litigator to enroll! 

 
You have an opportunity to learn the secret to feeling confident and being persuasive in the courtroom.  How?  Because improv is about developing and telling stories – not comedy.  In fact, after years of trying cases and training public defenders to try cases, I am totally convinced that nothing prepares you for the court room better than improvisation.  Improv teaches listening, telling persuasive stories, thinking on your feet, flexibility, and all of the skills we use as trial lawyers both to prepare to tell our clients’ stories and in actually telling our clients’ stories to jurors.  Improv helps convey emotion and story to jurors in the most immediate and persuasive way we can.


Martín has been litigating and trying cases since 1993 and teaching lawyers to litigate and try cases for almost as long.  He is a nationally recognized speaker for many criminal defense programs around the country and abroad.  He has been exploring and developing improv-based trial advocacy for many years together with Rebecca Stockley, Don Fiedler and others.  He graduated from Yale Law School in 1990.

 

 

Improvised Song 101 
with Joshua Raoul Brody
Monday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

July 10, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 1 session
Class dates:  7 - 10pm on Monday, July 10
Class length: 3 hours
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $45 
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

This class is for beginners and for improvisers who have taken Song 101 before, but need to keep up their improvised song skills. It's a good way to stay on top of your improvised singing!

 

 

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

– 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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