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

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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 2 - Theatresports
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

April 4 - May 23, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks), 2 performances
Class Time/Dates: 7-10pm on Tuesdays April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, and 23
Performances: Two performances: dates and 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

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

April 6 - May 25, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks), 2 performances
Class Time/Dates: 7-10pm on Thursdays April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, and 25
Performances: 2 performances, one open class workshop and one performance on the Bayfront Theater stage, dates and times TBD.
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.  The Workshop includes two performances: one is an open workshop for friends and guests and the second is a full show with a paid audience.


Advanced Performing Shakespeare Workshop
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

April 12 - May 17
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 6 sessions and two performances
Class Dates: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, and 17
Performances: Sundays May 14 and 21, times TBD
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Tuition: $359
Prerequisite: Coach and dean approval required before registering; contact to confirm eligibility. Once you're confirmed, you'll get a password to enter which will enable you to to register and pay. 

This advanced level six-week class will explore in-depth the devices, language, and characters of Shakespeare's plays.  Culminating in two 90-minute long-form performances on the Bayfront stage, this workshop will allow you to play with a small ensemble of experienced people, familiarizing yourself with the nuances of the genre. We'll go beyond the first layer of Shakespearean language to what lies within the stories and tone of Shakespeare's plays to make them so timeless.

No previous Shakespeare experience is necessary, however this class is designed for students with significant improv and long-form experience.  Admission is based on coach and dean approval.



Lisa Rowland

“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.