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

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.


Winter Break Teen Improv 
Tuesday and Wednesday

Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday December 27, 28 and 29, from 12pm -4pm.

Showcase for family and friends Friday December 29 at 2pm

Prerequisite: Attending High School, no prior improv experience necessary!

Have you done some improv and are itching to do more?! Always wanted to try but weren't sure how to? Are you a natural performer or someone who wants to come out of your shell? Improv has something for absolutely everyone!

In this teen improv class, teens will work together learning improv principles and growing into an ensemble as they have fun, make friends, and play on stage.

The classes will be held at the Bayfront Theater in Fort Mason Center during the winter break week. We are looking for a minimum of 6 students to make this class a go, so we encourage you to spread the word with us!


Laura Derry

“This is the highest quality improv class I’ve found.”

– 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.