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.

Performance Workshop 1
Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

March 6 - April 24, 2018
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks), 2 performances
Class Time/Dates: 7-10pm on Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, and 24
Performances: 2 performances, one open class workshop and one performance at the Cubberley Community Center
Class size: 10 students maximum 
Class length: 
3 hours (24 hours total of instruction)
Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work
 

This 8-week workshop prepares you for your first performance in front of an audience by breaking down and covering these different core elements of performance:

  • Stage skills
  • Shape of show
  • Games (setting up, introducing, and playing)
  • Scenes (setting up, starting, and ending)
  • Audience interaction
  • Ensemble-building

You’ll learn new games and explore the balance between games and scenes for a well-crafted show.  

 

Coach
Kasey Klemm

Kasey Klemm

Performance Workshop 2 - Theatresports
Saturdays, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

March 24 - May 14, 2016
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 8 sessions; 2 performances
Class Time/Dates: 2:30-5:30pm on Saturdays
March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 7, and 14
Performances: Two performances:  one open workshop and one performance, exact times TBD
Class size: 12 students maximum 
Class length: 
3 hours (24 hours total of instruction)
Prerequisite: Performance Workshop 1 or coach/dean approval. Contact regina@improv.org with any eligibility questions.
 

This workshop is the next level in our performing series to prepare improvisers for performance.  This unique Johnstonian format, the ever-challenging and ever-entertaining Theatresports, helps you learn and practice multiple skills to provide a confident, fun, and entertaining performance.  

 

In this class, we'll develop ensemble, learning how best to interact with teammates, the opposing team, the judges, and the audience.

 

We'll also explore the logistics of learning, preparing, and playing Theatresports: creating team themes/personas, issuing challenges, learning new performance games, and adapting on the fly for the utmost variety  and interesting shape of show.

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

– 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

 

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