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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school_studioSpecialty_IMG_0216Studio Specialty

Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work (can be concurrent)
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: 14 students maximum
Tuition: Varies by class

See the Studio Specialty class schedule »

Studio Specialty classes offer an in-depth exploration of a variety of skills to strengthen scene work. Past classes have included character, acting, genres, where, voice, and stage presence.


Jumping In With Both Feet
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, March 8 - 29
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: Four Wednesdays March 8, 15, 22, and 29
Class length: 3 hours, for a total of 12 hours
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $180
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

How do we start scenes with confidence, variety, vitality and clarity ?  How do we start in the beginning, the middle, the end of something?  How do we make the most of the initial “Big Bang” of scenes?

In this class, we'll work on "hitting the stage" with energy and commitment and the elements that help us do that:  Volume, Clarity, Specificity, Implied History, Emotions, Agreement.






Tim Orr

“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.