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.


Jumping In With Both Feet
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, March 8 - 29
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: Four Wednesdays March 8, 15, 22, and 29
Class length: 3 hours, for a total of 12 hours
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $180
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

How do we start scenes with confidence, variety, vitality and clarity ?  How do we start in the beginning, the middle, the end of something?  How do we make the most of the initial “Big Bang” of scenes?

In this class, we'll work on "hitting the stage" with energy and commitment and the elements that help us do that:  Volume, Clarity, Specificity, Implied History, Emotions, Agreement.






Tim Orr

“This is the highest quality improv class I’ve found.”

– 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


See School FAQs for registration details, plus info on parking, nearby food, safety, etc.