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 
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
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

August 23 - October 11, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 8 sessions; 2 performances
Class Time/Dates: 7-10pm on Wednesdays
August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, and 11
Performances: Two performances: one open workshop on Wednesday, October 4 and one performance on Sunday, exact date TBD (either the week before or immediately following the final class session)
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 regina@improv.org 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.

 

Coach
Laura

Laura Derry

“Affords adults the chance to play and learn skills that apply both on stage and in life.”

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

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.