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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summer1Summer Sessions

Prerequisite: Varies by class
Schedule: 2–4 days (consecutive)
Class length: Varies by class
Class size: Varies by class
Tuition: Varies by class

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Our Summer Sessions offer a range of intensive workshops, many of which we only offer during the summer. It’s a chance for intensive study over a period of two to four consecutive days per session with peers from around the Bay Area and the world. Our talented teaching staff are joined by renowned guest coaches to present improvised theatre classes you won’t find anywhere else.

The flexible schedule of our Summer Sessions makes it easy (and affordable!) to study with us, and we offer workshops for all levels (some require no improv training at all). Past guest coaches have included TheatresportsTM creator Keith Johnstone, Blind Date creator Rebecca Northan, and author of Improv Wisdom Patricia Ryan Madson.

Note: Our Summer Sessions often sell out, so we strongly encourage you to register early.

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Improvising the Long-Form Musical

August 16 - 19, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class Dates: Thursday, August 16, 6-10 pm (4 hours)
Friday, August 17, 10-6pm (7 hours)
Saturday, August 18, 10-6pm (7 hours)
Sunday, August 19, 10am-12 pm (2 hours) 
Performance Showcase: Sunday, August 19: two 50 minute performances from 1-2 pm and 2:30-3:30 pm
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 20 hours of instruction total, see above schedule for a breakdown of hours each day
Tuition: $499 (Early Registration $469)

Prerequisite: Dean and Coaches' approval. **Please obtain approval BEFORE registering for this intensive. Email Regina Saisi at to submit your interest and confirm your eligibility.**

This is a rare opportunity to study with both of the most experienced practitioners and teachers of song improvisation in the BATS community at the same time.

They will be focusing on the elements of the long-form musical, culminating in two one-act performances.

This course is NOT FOR BEGINNERS -- experience in SONG IMPROVISATION and LONG FORM is required.



Foundation 3 Intensive

August 17 - August 19, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 3-day intensive: 3 hours (7-10pm on Friday) and 6 hours each on Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a one-hour lunch break each day) 
Class dates: August 17, 18, and 19
Class length: 15 hours total instruction
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $309 (Early Registration $289)



August 22 - August 26, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class Time/Dates: 
Wednesday 6-10 pm, 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 23, 24, 25, 10am - 5pm each day
Performance showcase: Sunday, August 26th, 6 pm
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 22 hour of instruction
Early Registration Tuition: $379
Regular Tuition: $399
Prerequisite: Prior improvised long form performance experience necessary. Contact prior to regitration for approval to enroll.


The BAT is a voice-only improv format developed by Joe Bill from Chicago. Both the performers and the audience experience The BAT with eyes closed and/or in the dark.

The format starts with a jam of notes, sounds, words and phrases which build to a climax and serve as the inspiration for three stories, told concurrently and switching from one to another in no particular order.

It’s an exciting and original way of developing characters and story, blending the skills of long form storytelling and the free-wheeling vocal expression of our combined voices, almost like a jazz ensemble.



Captivating Creativity through the Cave Match

August 31 - September 2, 2018
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 3-day intensive: 6 hours each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm with a one-hour lunch break each day) 
Class dates: August 31, September 1 and 2
Class length: 18 hours total instruction
Class size: 14 students maximum
Tuition: $349 (Early Registration $329)

Performance:  Sunday September 2, 7pm (students can watch or perform for an audience, winner-take-all evening in the Cave Match)

Pre-requisites:  Foundation 3 and above and non BATS students with a minimum of 1 year improv training


With a ton of variety and brand-new, boundary-breaking formats, BATS Improv students showcase their creativity and improvisation talents in the competition known as Cave Match, BATS' playful punny twist on other cities' Cage Match.

Learn intriguing techniques and explore new genres and performance formats. You will test out your wild ideas to see what it might look like to stage them, experience class collaboration, develop imaginative techniques to maximize the most of the experience and learn how to master the minutes of the 37-minute timer tickdown. You'll also learn tools and tips for hosting and find out some best practices to make you a better team captain and a sharper more fun improv performance director.

The intensive will leave you empowered and emboldened to be your own team captain and recruit the team and talent you want for future shows. The intensive does not make you eligible for the ongoing BATS Cave Match.

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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.