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.


Acting in the Moment

Sundays, 2:30 - 5:30 PM

June 4 and 11, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 2 sessions
Class dates: June 4 and 11
Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total)
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $90
Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work and above

Improvising is a large juggling act: stating CROW, interacting with the environment, navigating the movement and the narrative of the scene among many other balls. Acting is often the ball that gets dropped often even though it it is totally transformative: making an ordinary scene into one that connects the audience at a basic emotional level. Thus enabling improvisors to tell stories better.

We draw on techniques from scripted acting to help students improve their acting. We will then use those techniques to play scenes with more realistic characters that react naturally in the moment.


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

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

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.