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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BATS Improv COVID Prevention Policy for Students & Audience Members

Vaccination Policy 

BATS Improv requires all staff, coaches, performers, audiences, and students to be fully vaccinated and, as of Feb 1st, to have received a booster dose if eligible, to participate in in-person activities and to enter our venue, the Bayfront Theater at Fort Mason Center. 

Students: Please keep an eye on your email for instructions on how to provide proof of vaccination/booster. This must be provided before the start date of your in-person class.

Audience Members: Please bring proof of up to date vaccination and photo ID to show upon entry.

Providing Proof of Vaccination

Proof of full and up to date vaccination, including boosters for everyone eligible, is required for all ticket holders from Feb 1st onwards. Click here to see a full list of valid proof of Vaccinations in San Francisco

      • All patrons entering the theatre will be required to show an ID with your photo and full name and proof of vaccination. A physical vaccination card, picture of your vaccination card, or digital vaccination record will suffice. California residents may obtain a digital vaccination card at
      • Proof of vaccination must indicate that it has been at least 14 days since the patron’s primary series of vaccinations (two doses are required for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, one for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or 7 days from the patron’s booster dose.
      • We are not currently accepting any medical or religious exemptions. The only time when we will accept proof of vaccination without a booster is if a patron or student is not yet eligible for the booster due to insufficient time having passed since their primary series of vaccination or since prior infection with COVID as advised by their doctor – in this case they are still considered fully vaccinated and attend shows and classes.


Masks must be worn by everyone, regardless of vaccination status, at all in-person classes and shows. The only exception will be for improvisers when performing on stage. We strongly encourage you to wear a KN95 or an N95 mask, or if these are not available to you, to layer a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask to ensure a better fit to the face.


We rely on our community members to self-report symptoms and COVID exposures.

If you feel ill, please do not come to class or shows. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 and it is possible that you participated in a BATS Improv class while potentially contagious, notify our office immediately via phone at: 415-474-6776 or email at:

We will make any necessary reports to public health authorities.

Show Refund Policy: If you need to cancel attendance for a show due to COVID-19 we will be happy to give you a refund or to provide a credit towards a future show.

Class Refund Policy: Unfortunately due to the complexity and costs of classes we are unable to offer refunds with less than 96 hours notice before the class start time and date. In the event of a documented case of COVID-19, we will make an exception to transfer the student to an online class or issue a pro-rata refund for in-person sessions missed. 

Risk mitigation measures:

We are currently limiting ticket sales to 30% to allow room for physical distancing during shows

We are implementing a unidirectional flow of traffic inside the theater during shows 

We will not produce printed programs or tickets 

Where possible windows and doors will be kept open to increase outside air flow and we have  free-standing HEPA air-filters to reduce potential for airborne transmission  

Class numbers are managed to enable physical distancing 

Surgical masks and hand sanitizer will be available in the theatre 

We are encouraging everyone to wash their hands before and after any in person activities at BATS

We are not currently selling  concessions during shows to limit risk of transmission. Please be prepared and bring drinking water with you in case it is not available for purchase.

We will update our COVID-19 policies as needed to keep our community safe and to comply with public health guidelines.

Version 2/20/2022