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 School of Improv

Play is more important now than ever

Tapping into your playful side is not mere frivolity. On the contrary, play replenishes necessary stores of creativity and creates resilience; play is vital to connecting with others even when we are separated by screens. Our mission at BATS is to transform lives through improv. Since March, we have seen and heard first-hand the ways which improv has helped students and the BATS community during this uncertain time.  Join us and experience the power of play.



At the BATS School of Improv, San Francisco’s largest and most respected improv training center, you’ll learn the craft of improvisation, BATS-style — listening, paying attention, storytelling, status, spontaneity, and making your partner look good.

Improv skills are life skills. Whatever your experience, background, or training, everyone can benefit from studying improv. Still not convinced? Here’s why you should study improv at BATS.





Whether you want to become an improv performer or just want to meet new people and have fun, everyone starts here!


For students wishing to continue their improv work on a performance track after completing the Foundation series, we offer our Studio Level classes. After completing Studio Level, students move to our Performance Level classes. Performance classes often culminate in a showcase in front of a live audience on the BATS stage! Performance students also become eligible to play on a team in our ongoing Sunday Cave Match series.



Our Summer Program offers a range of intensive workshops unlike anything we offer during the rest of the year. These 1- to 7-day sessions provide intensive study with our talented teaching staff and renowned guest coaches.

We strongly encourage early registration as the Summer Program sessions often sell out.



Every summer and at various times throughout the school year, BATS School of Improv offers classes to students under 18. Improvisation is an excellent tool for improving verbal expression, enhancing listening skills, building body awareness, and boosting self-confidence.

We strongly encourage early registration as our youth classes often sell out.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page, then get in touch!

“I can’t remember when I’ve felt more comfortable to make a mistake or take a risk.”

– BATS Student

Start Improvising

Foundation 1

with John Remak
Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
January 7 – February 25, 2021

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Class Locations


BATS Improv
Center for Improvised Theatre

Bayfront Theater
B350 Fort Mason Center
San Francisco


Studio 210
3435 Cesar Chavez Street
San Francisco


Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto


See School FAQs for registration details, plus info on parking, nearby food, safety, etc.