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

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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.


Sketch Pad: Writing Sketch Comedy for Improvisers

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

May 16 – June 20, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class dates: May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, and 20
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299 
Prerequisite: Foundation 2

Want to be the next Key & Peele?  Write the next Sean Spicer sketch for Melissa McCarthy or create the next Portlandia?  This class will get you on your way!

Sketch comedy and improv are natural companions, and in this class we’ll look at how they support each other.  Students will learn the fundamentals of sketch comedy writing – generating ideas, developing premises, comedic characters, the genres of sketch (parody, satire, etc.), scene structure and the various types of scenes commonly created for sketches (fish out of water, list scenes, simple but impossible goal, inappropriate response, and many others).

We’ll focus on how improv and sketch work together – using sketch writing as tool to create stronger improv scenes and characters, and using improv to create unique and surprisingsketches and work through trouble spots.

There will be weekly homework writing assignments, in-class exercises and table reads to help students develop strong writing habits and get comfortable with having their material performed.



Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

May 23 and 30, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: 2 sessions
Class dates: May 23 and 30
Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total)
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $95 
Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work and above

Have you seen a Jackpot! show at BATS and said to yourself, "That looks like fun!"? Well, here's your chance to try the format for yourself, with the creator, company member Jason Leal. 

This is a great opportunity to focus on short scene work in a fun, fast-paced format, with tips and coaching from Jason along the way.

Strike it rich with a night fast-paced improvised short stories! We're leaving it all up to chance as randomized slot machine reels choose key suggestions for each scene. Nobody knows what's coming next, and the players have to ready for anything. Randomized suggestions include the starting players, the style (genre/time period), locations, and single words. 


Jason Leal