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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staff-photoStaff & Board


Artistic Director: Lisa Rowland
Managing Director: Hannah Henderson
Dean, BATS School of Improv: Dave Dennison
Director, Improv @ Work: Ceci Walken
@ Work Sales Associate: Corey Rosen
Community and Communications Coordinator: Eteya Trinidad
Production Supervisor: Hillary Dadio-Perrone
Office Administrator: Genele Egea
Laughingstock Coordinator: Ann Feehan
Musical Director: Joshua Raoul Brody
Musical Improvisers: Joshua Raoul Brody, David Norfleet, Richard Leiter, Steve Kirk, Win Meyerson, Juno Hassid, Jerome Rossen
Lighting Improvisers: Craig Good, Rez Graham, Alfred Spormann

Board of Directors

Christina McFadden, President CEO of Blue Door Partners and Leadership Coach at UC Berkeley, Haas
Ted DesMaisons, Vice President Founder and Principal, Anima Learning
Jason Kim, Treasurer Finance Manager, Alphabet and enthusiastic improv student 
Archana Ojha, Secretary Business Savvy Legal Advisor and BATS enthusiast
Lisa Rowland, Company Member and former Manager of Training Programs, BATS Improv
Erin Daruszka, Sr. Manager of HR – West Coast, Goodwin and Artistic Director of San Francisco Improv Festival
Chris Sams, Coach and former @ Work Director, BATS Improv
Rebecca Poretsky, Coach and Company Member, BATS Improv
Kirk Livingston,Administrative Director, Speechskills

Website Photography Jenn Dorn, William Hall, Dan Heller, Petr Jerabek, Ben Long, Stephanie Pool, Corey Rosen

“Quintessentially San Francisco”

– Audience member (from anonymous survey)

Meet the Butler (1:18)
Improvised live at BATS


BATS Improv is a
non-profit theatre company!

BATS Improv is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to cultivating and innovating the craft of improvised theatre. Your gift helps us make professional live theatre accessible to everyone, and it will help you at tax time too!