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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3-Hour Intro3-Hour Introductory Workshops

Prerequisite: None
Schedule: one session
Class length: 3 hours
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $45

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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 3-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 6-week beginner class, which more fully covers the material.

These workshops are a steal at $45 — you can treat yourself and a friend to an afternoon of fun, surprises, and big laughs for the price of a nice meal. These classes make great gifts!

Still on the fence? Here’s why you should study improv at BATS.


Intro to Improv

If you’ve ever been intrigued by improv and want to see what it’s all about, this one-time, fun introduction to improv is just for you! In this 3-hour workshop you’ll learn the basics of improvised theatre — spontaneity, playfulness, creativity, listening, storytelling, and more — through fun games and exercises. Our coaches create a safe, inviting environment for trying new things and taking a few risks. You’ll stretch your boundaries (just a bit, no pressure) while you meet some new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and generally have a great time.


Improv for Shy People

Signing up for an improv class may be the last thing on your mind if you consider yourself shy, but at BATS, learning improv is extremely safe and supportive. And shy folks can especially benefit from improv skills such as spontaneity, flexibility, and social/emotional risk taking. Taught by coaches experienced in creating a comfortable, safe environment, this class introduces the basic concepts and skills of improvised theatre — spontaneity, playfulness, creativity, listening, storytelling, and more — through fun games and exercises. You’ll experiment with stretching your boundaries (just a little, don’t worry) while you meet some new people, explore improv’s life lessons and generally have a great time.

 

Intro to Improv in Palo Alto
Wednesday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: One session
Class date: 7-10 pm on Wednesday, October 23
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $50
Prerequisite: None - everyone is welcome!

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Monday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Monday, November 4, 2019
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: November 4th
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Coach

Rez Graham

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Wednesday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: November 13
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Coach

Regina Saisi

Intro to Improv for Baby Boomers
Sunday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: November 24
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome ( (though this class especially welcomes people identifying with the Baby Boomer generation)

 

Intro to Improv in Palo Alto
Tuesday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto

Schedule: One session
Class date: 7-10 pm on Tuesday, December 3
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $50
Prerequisite: None - everyone is welcome!

Coach

Pam McLeod

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Saturday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: December 7
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Intro to Improv at Fort Mason
Wednesday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco 

Schedule: One session
Class date: December 11
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

Coach
Kasey Klemm

Kasey Klemm

Intro to Improv in the Mission
Tuesday, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Studio 210, San Francisco (the Mission)

Schedule: One session
Class date: December 17th
Class length: 3 hours
Tuition: $45
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!

 

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Foundation 1

with Basel Al-Naffouri and Kasey Klemm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 1, 2, and 3
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco


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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.