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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Gift Certificates

Tickets to BATS Improv shows and classes make great gifts! Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and can be used just like cash at BATS Improv toward classes, shows, books, or merchandise.

Not sure exactly what BATS gift to give? These certificates are our most popular:

six-packShow Six-Pack – $90

Gift yourself or a friend with six tickets to BATS. Come to six shows on your own, or bring a friend to three, or treat two-thirds of the Supreme Court to one, or (you get the picture.)




three-hour3-Hour Introductory Improv Workshop – $45

Offer a friend, co-worker, or that uptight clerk at the DMV a chance to dip their toe in the liberating waters of improv. Introduction to Improv and Improv for Shy People give students the basics behind improvised theatre. Your gift recipient will have fun exploring spontaneity, creativity, and flexibility by playing improv games, and meet new people — all in one safe, supportive 3-hour session. Enroll yourself, and buy a gift certificate for your buddy!



found1Foundation 1 Class – beginning at $299

Regardless of your lucky giftee’s experience, background, or training, she or he will benefit from studying improv at BATS. Foundation 1 is where all beginners start the fun. Through games and exercises, students play, explore, and experiment with creating characters and scenes, guided by one of our seasoned coaches.



Purchase a Gift Certificate in any amount

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Gift Certificate FAQs

How do I use a gift certificate to buy tickets? How do I use my ticket six-pack?
Please email to make a reservation. Include your name and the number of tickets you will be purchasing with your gift certificate. Making a reservation guarantees you a seat even if the show sells out. On the night of the show, bring your gift certificate to the box office. Tickets with a reservation will be deducted from your gift certificate total at the advance price of $17 each. (Note that if you have a ticket six-pack, both reserved tickets and door tickets will be deducted at $15 each.)

Without a reservation, you can use your gift certificate just like cash. Please note that seating is on a space available basis and some shows do sell out. Tickets without a reservation will be deducted at the door price of $20 per ticket. (Note that if you have a ticket six-pack, both reserved tickets and door tickets will be deducted at $15 each.)

How do I use a gift certificate to pay for a class?
Please email to enroll and pay for your class with a gift certificate. Include your name and the class name, instructor, and starting date. The class tuition will be deducted from your gift certificate total. Any balance due will need to be paid at the time of enrollment to guarantee your place in the class.

How do I use a gift certificate to purchase books or merchandise?
Gift certificates may be used to buy books or BATS merch in person at the Bayfront Theater or in a BATS School of Improv class only. If you have specific questions, please email

“SF’s Premiere Improv”

– Huffington Post

Paris Café (4:25)
Improvised live at BATS


shows-side-imageShows Every
Friday & Saturday

The BATS Main Stage Company performs every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 in BATS’ Bayfront Theater at historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s scenic Marina District. Shows change every month.


Summer Sessions Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of BATS School of Improv’s Summer Sessions. Students have come from all over the world to participate in these unique intensive classes.

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