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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studio1Performance Series

Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work or class-dependent! Please check each class listing individually. 
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: 14 students maximum
Tuition: Varies by class

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For students interested in performing, BATS offers our Performance Series. The Performance Series provides opportunities to work with the same ensemble for a longer period of time. You’ll get an opportunity to dive deeper into performance skills and various aspects of improvisational formats through this in-depth curriculum. Each 8-week series builds on the skills taught in the previous series, ultimately best preparing you to be a confident and skilled improv performer!

The series includes three 8-week classes: Performance 1 (P1) Scenes and Games, Performance 2 (P2) Theatresports, and Performance 3 (P3) Elements of Long Form. After you complete the series (P1, P2, P3) you are eligible for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced specific format performance classes that are offered throughout the year. You’ll also be eligible to be part of the Cave Match tournament for student groups. Prerequisites are listed with each workshop.

All Performance Series classes conclude with at least one performance Showcase.

The Improvised Twilight Zone

October 14 - 21, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class Time/Dates: Saturdays, October 14 and 21, 10am - 5pm 
Schedule: 2 Sessions (one a week for 2 weeks, skipping a week in between) from 10am - 5pm, with a 1-hour lunch break
Class size: 8 students maximum
Class length: 12 hours total of instruction
Tuition: $239
Prerequisite: Performance Workshop 2 and 3. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact


Welcome to the Fifth Dimension - a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity…and a thrilling place to improvise!

Twilight Zone utilized a plethora of genres to tell its stories. You’ll learn:

1) How to improvise medium-length episodes (20ish minutes) in the world of the ground breaking show. Go from the supernatural, to the post-apocalyptic, to the furthest reaches of outer space, all seen through the lens of the original time-period of the show (the late 1950’s).

2) The story structures of the original episodes, finding and exploring a premise from the beginning of an episode, and improvising those famous twist endings, without any idea of what that ending might be before it happens.

3) How to explore other time periods as rich improvisational playgrounds, and play sub-genres within those (50’s science fiction, 50’s horror, etc.).

The class will conclude with a public multi-episode show in late October.

So come explore the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. Make up stories that lie between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge…in The IMROVISED Twilight Zone.

The Improvised Twilight Zone is playing at BATS every Friday in October, and a comp for each night is included in the tuition fee.




Improvised Family Drama

2 Saturdays, 2:30 - 5:30 PM

1 Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


October 28 – November 11, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 3 sessions (once a week for 3 weeks, with two performances)
Class dates: Saturdays October 28, November 4, and 11 (2:30-5:30PM on 10/28 and 11/11, 10:00am-5:00pm on 11/4)
Performance date: Sunday, November 12 at 6pm and 8pm (each student performs in 1 showcase)
Class length: 3 hours (12 hours total instruction)
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $239
Prerequisite: Coach and Dean approval is needed to register for this class. In order to get Dean approval, please email Regina Saisi at to confirm eligibility before you register.


Family Drama uniquely blends the compelling narrative of a three-act stage play with the excitement and surprise of improvisation.  Like many traditional American plays, the story unfolds in real time, on a single set, and with each actor portraying only one character.  


Family Drama has entertained audiences and challenged improvisers since 2003 at BATS. The format requires improvisers to slow down, be simple, listen, as well as explore the depth of characters and the history of long-term relationships.  


This course is recommended for improvisers with experience in long-form performance. 


Family Drama is playing at BATS every Saturday in October, and a comp for each night is included in the tuition fee.

“It’s a lot of fun, teaches me skills I can apply to my day-to-day life.”

– 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.