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 Directors: Karen Brelsford and Derek Yee
Managing Director: Hannah Henderson
Head of BATS School of Improv: Stephanie Dennison
Director, Improv @ Work: Jo McGinley 
@ Work Sales Associate:  Corey Rosen
Community Coordinator: Shayd Bowers
Musical Director: Joshua Raoul Brody
Production Supervisor: Leigh Riley
Musical Improvisers: Joshua Raoul Brody, Win Meyerson
Lighting Improvisers: Craig Good, Tony Cardoza, Alfred Spormann, Malik Robinson, Ryan Shaver, John Holmes
Digital Marketing Manager: Courtney Lee
Social Media Manager and School Administrator: Will Gutzman


Board of Directors

Christina McFadden, CEO of Blue Door Partners and Leadership Coach at UC Berkeley, Haas
Jade Shipman, President, Principle, Jade Shipman Economics  
Ethan Karson, BATS Company Member and Staff Software Engineer, Sony Interactive Entertainment 
Basel Al-Naffouri, BATS Coach and Senior Staff Software Engineer, Google
Dr. Jason Myrowitz, Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Management, Northern Arizona University
Shweta Mogha, Co-Founder eWOW and Coactive Coach
Erica Anderson, Secretary, Member of BATS EDI Committee, Psychotherapist, Kaiser Permanente, BATS Guest Player and student
John Holmes,
Edmund Bondoc,
Pat Pow-Anpongkul, Interim Treasurer,

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

Open Board Roles

We are seeking two new Board members that are interested in supporting improv in the Bay Area. The Board is a diverse group of fun people that help to support the Managing Director and Artistic Director as they guide BATS to the next part of the journey. A love of improv is appreciated and we are also happy to introduce you to improv if you are willing to learn more.

The Board meets every other month currently by zoom for 2-3 hours.  All Board members also participate in one committee (finance, marketing, fundraising, EDI) that meets monthly for 1-2 hours.


The Treasurer is a core member of BATS Board leadership team which comprises the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  The Treasurer works closely with the Managing Director, chairs the finance committee and offers insight on financial processes and systems including monthly financial statement of activity, balance sheet,  annual financial statements and the annual budget.

Board Member with HR Expertise

We are seeking a Board Member to be an expert voice to ensure we are also including the importance of HR in board discussions. We are seeking a board member willing to give feedback on our DEI efforts and also to support the topics that arise for a smaller arts organization.

If you are interested in joining the board please email 

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!