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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In-Person: Bechdel Test Performance Lab with Lisa Rowland and Dave Dennison (#22-11-3698)

In-Person: Bechdel Test Performance Lab with Lisa Rowland and Dave Dennison
Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST

November 10 – December 15
Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Date: 7:00pm – 10:00pm // November 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15; Two shows to be in January 2023, exact dates will be figured out between the students and coaches to ensure everyone can participate.

NOTE: No class November 24th!

Schedule: 5 sessions, 2 Shows

Class size: 12 students maximum

Class length: 3 hours (15 hours class, two 75 minute shows)

Prerequisites: F6 or equivalent. Email for eligibility and access questions.

Tuition: $389

The Bechdel Test* is a format developed in response to the ways that women, specifically, show up (or don’t show up) in popular stories. Taking a non-linear approach to storytelling, The Bechdel Test aims to create full-bodied, complicated, multi-faceted female characters and places them at the centers of their own stories. Asking “what else” instead of “what comes next?” The Bechdel Test highlights the seemingly contrasting elements in characters’ lives, leading us to put women on stage who have nuance and depth. Just like us.

*The Bechdel Test (or The Bechel-Wallace Test as its creator prefers it to be called) is a set of criteria coined by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. A work of fiction passes this “test” if it includes A) a scene between two women who B) talk to each other about C) something other than a man.


We have community standards, a conflict process, and a COVID prevention policy in place. Agreement/acceptance of these policies is required to participate in BATS classes. Please use the links above to access and read these policies, and check the boxes during registration to indicate your agreement/confirmation.


BATS Improv Class Refund Policy

  • If you cancel more than 96 hours (4 days) before a class begins, we will refund your tuition less a 15% processing fee.
  • If you cancel within 96 hours (4 days) of your first class, or any time after your first class session, your tuition will be forfeit.

In the event that we cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment, we’ll refund your tuition in full.

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