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.


Sketch Pad: Writing Sketch Comedy for Improvisers

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

May 16 – June 20, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class dates: May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, and 20
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299 
Prerequisite: Foundation 2

Want to be the next Key & Peele?  Write the next Sean Spicer sketch for Melissa McCarthy or create the next Portlandia?  This class will get you on your way!

Sketch comedy and improv are natural companions, and in this class we’ll look at how they support each other.  Students will learn the fundamentals of sketch comedy writing – generating ideas, developing premises, comedic characters, the genres of sketch (parody, satire, etc.), scene structure and the various types of scenes commonly created for sketches (fish out of water, list scenes, simple but impossible goal, inappropriate response, and many others).

We’ll focus on how improv and sketch work together – using sketch writing as tool to create stronger improv scenes and characters, and using improv to create unique and surprisingsketches and work through trouble spots.

There will be weekly homework writing assignments, in-class exercises and table reads to help students develop strong writing habits and get comfortable with having their material performed.



Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

May 23 and 30, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 2 sessions
Class dates: May 23 and 30
Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total)
Class size: 19 students maximum
Tuition: $95 
Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work and above

Have you seen a Jackpot! show at BATS and said to yourself, "That looks like fun!"? Well, here's your chance to try the format for yourself, with the creator, company member Jason Leal. 

This is a great opportunity to focus on short scene work in a fun, fast-paced format, with tips and coaching from Jason along the way.

Strike it rich with a night fast-paced improvised short stories! We're leaving it all up to chance as randomized slot machine reels choose key suggestions for each scene. Nobody knows what's coming next, and the players have to ready for anything. Randomized suggestions include the starting players, the style (genre/time period), locations, and single words. 


Jason Leal

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.
 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.