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

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.

 

Sunday, Jun 8

Cave Match: Flare Gun Wedding -vs- The Book Worms

7:00 PM

Flare Gun Wedding
Bernie Jungle, Christian Wheeler, Nick Blumm, Christina Shonkwiler, Daniel Mello Faissol, Dorothy Morallos, Joe Garrity (Captain)

-vs-

The Bookworms (Champions)
John Brewer, Martin Burke, Raghuvir Sengupta, Jeff McGinnis, Eugene Mandel, Jack Marsal, Annelies Ransome (Captain)

House Manager: Larissa Kasian
Stage Manager: Alva Ackley
Musician: David Norfleet
Host:  TBD

Cave Match Results to date:
6/1: The Bookworms def. No Holds Bard
5/25: The Bookworms def. Play Date
5/18: The Bookworms def. Staff Infection
Staff Infection begins Cave Match series as returning Champion.

Tickets $10
Ticket only available at the door on the night of the show

Sunday, Jun 15

Star Trek Showcase: Red Alert!

7:00 PM

Star Trek Showcase: Red Alert!
Showcase for Performing Improvised Star Trek with Laura Derry

Starring:  Janeen Smith, Cynthia Solis, Rez Graham, Jeffrey McGinnis, Matthew Klein, Rico Roque and Don Schmidt

Music by David Norfleet
Lights by Alva Ackley

Tickets $10
Ticket only available at the door on the night of the show

Note: There is no Cave Match performance on June 15.

Sunday, Jun 22

Cave Match: And Scene vs. Flare Gun Wedding

7:00 PM

And Scene
Jeremy Webster, Betsy Crouch, Gerald Maclean, Joey Neugart (Captain)

-vs-

Flare Gun Wedding (Champions)
Bernie Jungle, Christian Wheeler, Nick Blumm, Christina Shonkwiler, Daniel Mello Faissol, Dorothy Morallos, Joe Garrity (Captain)

House Manager: TBD
Stage Manager: Alva Ackley
Musician: David Norfleet
Host:  TBD

Cave Match Results to date:
6/8: Flare Gun Wedding def. The Bookworms
6/1: The Bookworms def. No Holds Bard
5/25: The Bookworms def. Play Date
5/18: The Bookworms def. Staff Infection
Staff Infection begins Cave Match series as returning Champion.

Tickets $10
Ticket only available at the door on the night of the show

Sunday, Jun 29

Cave Match: The Price is Right! vs. Winner 6/22

7:00 PM

The Price is Right!
Gemma Bulos, Holly Thorsen, Nick Leonard, Mark Isaacson, David Boyll, Pamela Hawley (Captain)

-vs-

And Scene (Champions)
Jeremy Webster, Betsy Crouch, Gerald Maclean, Joey Neugart (Captain)

House Manager: Larissa Kasian
Stage Manager: Alva Ackley
Musician: TBD
Host: Jeff McGinnis

Cave Match Results to date:
6/22: tbd
6/8: Flare Gun Wedding def. The Bookworms
6/1: The Bookworms def. No Holds Bard
5/25: The Bookworms def. Play Date
5/18: The Bookworms def. Staff Infection
Staff Infection begins Cave Match series as returning Champion.

Tickets $10
Ticket only available at the door on the night of the show

Sunday, Jul 13

Cave Match: Zen There Were Five -vs- Winner 6/29

7:00 PM

Zen There were Five
Chris Sams, Janie Summers, Mark Derbecker, Cynthia Solis, Ward Han (Captain)

-vs-

Winner 6/29

House Manager: Larissa Kasian
Stage Manager: Alva Ackley
Musician: David Norfleet
Host: TBD

Cave Match Results to date:
6/29: tbd
6/22: tbd
6/8: Flare Gun Wedding def. The Bookworms
6/1: The Bookworms def. No Holds Bard
5/25: The Bookworms def. Play Date
5/18: The Bookworms def. Staff Infection
Staff Infection begins Cave Match series as returning Champion.

Tickets $10
Ticket only available at the door on the night of the show

Sunday, Jul 20

Cave Match: All That Jazz vs. Winner 7/13

7:00 PM

FINAL MATCH IN THIS ROUND OF CAVE MATCH

All That Jazz
Derek Bernard, Joan Laqui, Jon Zimmerman, Dana Cory, Daniel Will-Harris, Melissa Dinwiddie, Yael Schy (Captain)

-vs-

Winner 7/13

House Manager: Larissa Kasian
Stage Manager: Alva Ackley
Musician: David Norfleet
Host: Andrew Wolfram

Cave Match Results to date:
7/13: tbd
6/29: tbd
6/22: tbd
6/8: Flare Gun Wedding def. The Bookworms
6/1: The Bookworms def. No Holds Bard
5/25: The Bookworms def. Play Date
5/18: The Bookworms def. Staff Infection
Staff Infection begins Cave Match series as returning Champion.

Tickets $10
Ticket only available at the door on the night of the show

student-shows

Start Improvising

Foundation 1

with John Remak
Tuesdays, 7:00–10:00 PM
July 29 – September 2, 2014
Cubberly Community Center, Palo Alto


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Map & Nearby

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A. Greens (vegetarian)
B. Off the Grid (Friday night food truck festival)
C. Jake’s Steaks (sports bar, sandwiches)
D. Benjarong (Thai, vegetarian)
E. Silver Clouds (karaoke bar & grill)
F. Algerias (Spanish)
G. Mas Sake (Japanese-Mexican, DJ)
H. Patxi’s Chicago Pizza (pizza)
I. Sweet Aroma (Vietnamese)
J. Pacific Catch (seafood)
K. Tacolicious (Mexican)
L. Barney’s (gourmet hamburgers)