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_Youth-3Youth Classes

Prerequisite: Age 11-18 (age group varies by class); no improv experience required
Schedule: Varies by class
Class length: Varies by class
Class size: Varies by class
Tuition: Varies by class; scholarships available

Every summer and at various times throughout the school year, BATS School of Improv offers classes to students ages 11 to 17. Improvisation is an excellent tool for improving verbal expression, enhancing listening skills, building body awareness, and boosting self-confidence. It’s also FUN!

Our youth classes provide individual attention from experienced coaches who have worked with youth and teen improvisers for many years. Students explore the concepts and skills of improv through games and exercises, and most classes culminate in a showcase performance for family and friends. All classes are held in our professional performing space — the 200-seat Bayfront Theater.

Note: Our youth and teen classes are very popular and often sell out, especially the summer sessions, so we strongly encourage you to register early. AND if you register for both summer sessions, you’ll receive a discount.

Summer Camp: Advanced Teen Improv Ensemble (High School) with Laura Derry
5 Days; July 24 – 28
Mon – Fri,  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ages 14-17 (rising high school students)

Mon-Fri, July 24 - 28
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Performance on Friday, July 28 at 2:00 PM

Class Time/Dates: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday
Class size: 16 students maximum
Class length: 7 hours per day (35 hours total instruction)
Tuition: $319

Do you already have experience taking improv classes, on an improv team at your school, or performing improvisation? Are you adept at saying “Yes and,” have the skills to build a positive platform, along with telling stories and playing characters? Do you have some knowledge of improv games and feel comfortable doing an open scene? 

This class will be building on previous improv experience. We’ll be going for a more intense experience and playing around with open scenes and long form (along with shaking things up with performance games). This is not a class for beginners. We will hit the ground running, building an ensemble in a positive encouraging environment where we will laugh, feel free to fail and succeed, and have a wonderful time together, culminating in a performance.


Laura Derry

Summer Camp: Beginning Teen Improv (High School) with Ian Anstee
5 Days; July 31 - August 4
Mon – Fri,  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Ages 14-17 (rising high school students)

Mon-Fri, July 31 - August 4
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class Time/Dates: 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday
Class size: 16 students maximum
Class length: 5 hours per day (20 hours total instruction)
Tuition: $319

Come learn the art of improvisation with other creative teenagers. Call the Bayfront Theater your home for a week as you practice your acting, storytelling and comedy skills by playing improv games on stage. Make it up, think on your feet, come up with wild stories and characters and learn to play well with others in creating improvised theater! Invite your family and friends to watch you perform on the last day. 


Ian Anstee

“A benchmark for improv all over the world”

Bay Area Critic

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.