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

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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We don't have any Introductory Workshops classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.


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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Foundation 4 – Scenework & Acting Skills

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Foundation 5 – Narrative

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Foundation 6 – Performance Showcase

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The Improv Gym

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

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We don't have any The Improv Gym classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.


Performance Labs

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

Beginning Performance Lab (Theatresports)

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Intermediate Performance Lab (Theatresports & Narrative)

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Advanced Performance Lab (Longform Narrative)

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Specialty

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

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We don't have any Specialty classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.


Learn @ Work

Learn @ Work  is our Applied Improv offering for individuals.

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Summer Sessions

This summer BATS is offering a one-week online improv  course for Ages 18-24

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Kids, Youth & Teen Classes

Classes for the under-18s!

Kids Classes

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Youth Classes

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Teen Classes

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Youth Summer

Youth summer classes

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We don't have any Youth Summer classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.