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

See the Performance Series class schedule »

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 3 - 
Elements of Long Form
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

June 26 - August 14, 2018
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: 8 sessions; 2 performances
Class Time/Dates: 7-10pm on Tuesdays
June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, and 14
Performances: Two performances TBD
Class size: 10 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours (24 hours total of instruction) 
Prerequisite: Performance Workshops 1 and 2, or coach/dean approval. Please contact with any eligibility questions.

This 8-week workshop, the third in our Performance Series, prepares you for your first
Long-Form performance in front of an audience by breaking down and covering these different core elements of performance: 

  • Taking your time and paying attention
  • Narrative, and establishing a strong foundation
  • Acting
  • Improvising in genre
  • Transitions between scenes
  • Ensemble acting
  • Building locations and maintaining a space object world

This class will qualify you to be considered for more advanced work as it will give you a grounding in the essential elements of Long-Form improvisation as BATS practices it.


Kasey Klemm

Kasey Klemm

First Three Scenes
Sundays, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

July 21 and July 28, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: Two sessions on Saturdays, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Class date: July 21 and 28
Class length: 3 hours; 6 hours total instruction
Tuition: $90
Prerequisite: Previous long form experience required. If you have questions about your eligibility, email Regina Saisi at BEFORE REGISTERING.

The first three scenes of an improvised longform are often the most essential. They lay the foundation and set the platform for the rest of the show. We can often get locked into patterns that put into a rut. This class will focus on techniques for breaking out of that rut and seeing what possibilities arise from the initial scene. This will make your starts much more dynamic and break you out of your patterns.


Rez Graham

Performance Workshop 2 - Theatresports
Sundays, 11:00AM - 2:00PM

September 9 - October 28, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 8 sessions; 2 performances
Class Time/Dates: 11:00am - 2:00pm on Sundays
September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28
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 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.


John Remak

“I love the playful, can’t fail, theatrical nature of BATS’s philosophy.”

– 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.