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.

Improvised Musical Dickens

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM


December 5 – December 13, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 4 sessions; twice a week for 2 weeks, with one performance
Class Dates: 7-10pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, December 5, 6, 12, and 13
The first three sessions of the class will be focused on playing characters and performing longform works in the world of Charles Dickens.  The last session will be a musical intensive with Win Meyerson and Ken Robertson.
Performance: Monday, December 18th in the evening, exact time TBD
Class size: 8 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours (12 hours total)
Tuition: $239
Prerequisite: Prior long form experience at BATS mandatory as well as improvised singing skills. If you have any questions, please email Regina Saisi at to confirm eligibility. 


Greetings guv’nor! Welcome to the world of Charles Dickens – a world of greedy schemers, grubby orphans, penny-pinching skinflints, and gaslight kissed cobblestones glistening through the haze of coal smoke.

Dicken’s portrayal of Victorian England is as evocative today as it was over 150 years ago. His characters remain some of the best known, and loved, in English literature. And the satirical social commentary woven into his stories remains just as humorous and hauntingly powerful,.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to step back in time and portray the wide variety of larger-than-life, multifaceted characters that populate the Dickensian world. You’ll stretch your character skills to new heights. You’ll perfect a range of British accents, from street-cockney to parliamentary Queen’s English.

And then set it all to song! You’ll polish your improvised singing in solos, duets, trios and more. You’ll work on co-creating spontaneous musical numbers with a musician, and committing to them as if they’d been written, choreographed and rehearsed.

So what are you waiting for? Enroll now and consider yourself part of the family!

Performing Improvised Star Trek

Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM


January 18 – March 8, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class Time/Dates: 7-10 pm on Thursdays
January 18-March 8
Performance dates: March 1st (open workshop performance) and March 11th
Schedule: 8 sessions; once a week for six weeks and two performances (see above)
Class size: 10 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours (24 hours total)
Prerequisite: Coach and dean approval REQUIRED before registering; contact with questions or to confirm eligibility.


Want to explore the universe of Star Trek and perform it in a long form? Then beam on over, this class is for you! In this class you will learn how to improvise long form Star Trek (with more of a focus on the Original Series) and have two performances, one in class and one on Sunday, March 11th.

We will cover many aspects of Star Trek - life on board a starship and in the universe of Star Trek, ranks and relationships including comfortably portraying the Captain all the way down to Crewman #2, alien planets, ship battles, mastering improvising the science and technology while feeling calm and confident. You do not have to be an expert in Star Trek to take this class.

We will work together as an ensemble in a safe, supportive, fun environment with whatever knowledge we’ve got and we don’t have to get it “right.” Come play and let's Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before!


Laura Derry

“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.