Why 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.
How 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.
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.)
BATS 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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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!
Donation by Mail
If you would prefer to donate by check (payable to “BATS Improv”), please send to
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, Bldg B
San Francisco, California 94123
Donation questions? Fundraising ideas?
Please contact our Managing Director, Ana Nelson.