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

BATS Curriculum Roadmap

Join BATS School of Improv through our specialized training that covers the ingredients of a strong improvisor – basics, character, relationship, environment, acting, storytelling and performance – and then takes you through sustained scene study or performance lab to hone ongoing performance skills with an ensemble. The trajectory is personalized with strong coach feedback along the way so you know just what your strengths and areas for improvement are.

 

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.

Below are a list of all our current classes on offer. To learn more about our curriculum and which class is right for you, click here. To learn more about any level or class, click on the heading below.


Introductory Workshops

For people with limited time/resources or who aren’t sure improv is for them, we have developed two dip-your-toe-in-the-water introductory workshops. In these 2-hour classes, students use games and exercises to explore the basic concepts and skills of improvised theatre. And after you’ve had a taste, you may very well want the complete improv experience in Foundation 1, our 8-week beginner class, which more fully covers the material.

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No Introductory Workshops classes are currently available, please check back soon.


Foundational Series Classes

Foundation 1 – Mindset & Skillset

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Foundation 2 – Movement & Story

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Foundation 3 – Character & Relationship

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No Foundation 3 – Character & Relationship classes are currently available, please check back soon.

Foundation 4 – Scenework & Acting Skills

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Foundation 5 – Narrative

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No Foundation 5 – Narrative classes are currently available, please check back soon.

Foundation 6 – Performance Showcase

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No Foundation 6 – Performance Showcase classes are currently available, please check back soon.


The Improv Gym

In this ongoing class students hone their improv and acting skills and narrative storytelling.

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No The Improv Gym classes are currently available, please check back soon.


Performance Labs

Ongoing Performance Labs take a small group approach as students hone their performance skills at various levels.

BPL – Theatresports

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No BPL – Theatresports classes are currently available, please check back soon.

IPL – Theatresports & Narrative

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No IPL – Theatresports & Narrative classes are currently available, please check back soon.

APL – Longform Narrative

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No APL – Longform Narrative classes are currently available, please check back soon.


Specialty

Specialty classes give you more opportunities to play and have fun while deepening your improv knowledge.

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Learn @ Work

Learn @ Work  is our Applied Improv offering for individuals.

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No Learn @ Work classes are currently available, please check back soon.


Summer Sessions

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No Summer Sessions classes are currently available, please check back soon.


Kids, Youth & Teen Classes

Classes for the under-18s!

Kids Classes

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Youth Classes

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No Youth Classes classes are currently available, please check back soon.

Teen Classes

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No Teen Classes classes are currently available, please check back soon.


Youth Summer

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No Youth Summer classes are currently available, please check back soon.

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

– BATS Student

Class Locations

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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.