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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Student Shows

Our student shows present the talented new improvisers from the BATS School of Improv. Most Sundays, our students hone their craft during Student Showcases, Sunday Cave Matches, Theatresports™ Tournaments, and other special shows.

You’ll see a fun show featuring the next generation of San Francisco improv for less than a movie! And though it may be true that our student improvisers are not as experienced as our Main Stage Company members, rough around the edges also means fresh and innovative. Catch tomorrow’s stars on stage at BATS. You’ll be saying you ‘saw them when . . . ’

All shows are $10 at the door (no advance sales). All shows are at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted.

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Sunday Student Shows

Our Student Showcases each feature an ensemble of BATS students who have been training together on performing a specific genre or format.

Our Sunday Cave Matches feature ensembles that are a mix of students, company members, and coaches. Each team has 38 minutes to do whatever they like. At the end of the night the audience votes on their favorite ensemble. The winner is crowned champion and returns to face a new challenger the following week.

Our Sunday Theatresports shows feature teams of BATS students facing off in our signature improv theatre competition series of improvised scenes, songs, and games. 

Want to try improv yourself? Think you’ve got what it takes to perform in a student show? Student shows are open to current students of BATS School of Improv. Not a student? We offer classes for every age and every level. Beginner classes start every month.

  • Cave Match: Thought Police vs. I’m Ready For My Close Up

    Watch Thought Police (Capt. Annelies Ransome, Beth Turnidge, Melissa Dinwiddie, Dr. Raghu Sengupta, Rish Sanghvi, Kasey Klemm, and Mitch Green) take on last match’s winners, I’m Ready for My Close Up  (Capt. Ali Balfantz, Joe Balfantz, Kimberly MacLean, Tim Kutz, Sam Miceli, Jared Polivka, Zeke…Read more ›

    December 3 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cave Match: Winners from 12/3 vs. Somewhat Sequitur

    Somewhat Sequitur (Capt. Toni Mazzuca, Jerry Ruoti, Jason Leal, Brie Flones, Lauren MacKenzie) takes on the Winners from 12/3!   All tickets $10 at the door, no advance sales

    December 10 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Cave Match: Winners from 12/10 vs. The Charlies

    The Charlies (Capt. Joel Bloom, David Carvel, Sara Schor, Cristin Pescosolido, Julia Collins, Cameron Loui, Mark Alan) take on the Winners from 12/10!  All tickets $10 at the door, no advance sales

    December 17 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Start Improvising

Foundation 1

with Rez Graham
Thursdays, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
December 7, 2017 – January 11, 2018
Studio 210, San Francisco (the Mission)

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Map & Nearby

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At Fort Mason Center: 
The Interval 
(bar w/ snacks)
Greens (upscale vegetarian)
Off the Grid (food truck festival)

Our Favorites Near by:
 (roman-style pizzeria)
Patxi’s Chicago Pizza (pizza)
Plant (organic vegetarian)
Plutos (fresh american)
Tacolicious (untraditional taqueria)
The Tipsy Pig (gastropub)

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