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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support1Why the World Needs BATS

Life is change.

The only constant in life is change. The better you deal with change, the better life you have. In the words of the famous naturalist, “Adapt or . . . ” well, you know.

Successfully living with change is to make plans, then set them aside when your story turns another way and enjoy the trip. There is no script, only preparation, resilience, and your inspired choices within the ephemeral beauty of the here and now.

Life is improvised.

BATS Improv cultivates and innovates the craft of improvised theatre through performance and training.
We engage, teach, delight, surprise, inspire. We do improv. We build community. We change the world.
And we need your support.

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support2How We Keep BATS Soaring

Over the past 30 years, BATS Improv has earned a loyal base of audience members and students that drives our earned income to more than 70% of our operating budget — an impressive percentage for an arts nonprofit.

Nevertheless, that means we must rely on foundation grants, corporate support, and the generosity of financial supporters like you to subsidize the balance of our programming and community outreach.

BATS Improv is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so not only will your gift help BATS Improv continue its work, it will help you at tax time. (Ironically, it’s a deduction you won’t have to make up.)

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support3BATS Gives Back

Improv Lesson #1: You’re not in it alone. As a nonprofit San Francisco institution, we feel strongly about giving back to the broader community that sustains us as we build an improvised theatre community from the grassroots.

Through our Community Outreach Programs, BATS brings the skills and delight of improvised theatre to people throughout the Bay Area. Laughing Stock provides free classes to people with life-threatening illnesses and their caregivers, and the BATS School of Improv offers need-based scholarships for adult and youth classes.

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Choose BATS Improv on Amazon Smile and BATS will receive 0.5% of all your purchases! Just go to, sign into your Amazon account, search for “BATS Improv,” and select “Bay Area Theatresports” from the list.

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Want a more hands-on experience? Want to meet other improv lovers? One of the most rewarding ways to support BATS is to help out in the theater or office. We’d love to meet you!

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Donation by Mail

If you would prefer to donate by check (payable to “BATS Improv”), please send to

BATS Improv 
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, Bldg B
San Francisco, California 94123

Donation questions? Fundraising ideas?

Please contact our Managing Director, Ana Nelson.

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– BATS supporter (from anonymous survey)


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