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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Fun & Specialty Online Classes
for Adults

Check out our new online offerings below! Looking for our regular improv curriculum? Check out Foundation Level and Performance Level.

 

Puppetry for Storytelling with Brian Jones

Class Dates/Times: 7:00-9:00pm PST; Tuesday September 8, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Class Schedule:
8 sessions (ending in an online student-invite performance, consisting of a variety short scenes and performances)
Class Size: 10 students maximum
Class Length: 2 hours (16 hours total)
Prerequisites: Must have completed Foundation One at BATS or have Coach/Head of School approval (email us at registrar@improv.org for approval)

Tuition: $299

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Brian Michael Jones, (Brian Henson’s Puppet Up, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, The Jim Henson Company) teaches puppetry for genre based narrative improv.  All puppetry skill levels welcome.  Learn to breathe life into your characters with a focus on emotional animation.  Each week will focus on a specific skill set that can be used in all narrative genre improvisations.  Class includes lessons on physicality and using the frame, emotional animation, ensemble storytelling and music.  Students are encouraged to have their own hand/rod puppet (Puppet with rods attached to each hand) but if not, a simple puppet with only the mouth will be enough to get a ton out of the class experience!

About Brian 

Brian Michael Jones is an actor in Los Angeles.  He has performed regularly with Impro Theatre, improvising countless full length plays over the last 15 years.  His most recent TV/Film work includes Penny Dreadful, American Housewife, Will and Grace, and the upcoming Netflix feature film Mank.  In addition to his TV/Film work, he improvises and puppeteers with Brian Henson’s Puppet Up and with Disney’s The Muppets.  As a teacher he has taught a variety of improv classes including, Character, Storytelling, Spacework, Genre, and Puppetry.  As a director he has coached and hosted shows for the Pepperdine Improv Troupe, Impro Theatre’s Shakespeare Unscripted, Stephen King Improvised, and Rom Com Improvised, and Los Angeles TheatreSports.

 

The Secret Relationship Between Stand-Up and Improv with Larry Dorsey Jr.

Class Dates/Times: 11:30am -1:30pm PST; Sunday October 18, 25 November 1, 8, 15, 22 
Class Schedule:
6 sessions
Class Size: 8 students maximum
Class Length: 2 hours (12 hours total)
Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

Tuition: $240

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Freestyle with Larry Dorsey Jr. 

Class Dates/Times: 2:00pm – 4:00pm PST; Sunday October 18, 25 November 1 & 8, 15
Class Schedule:
4 sessions
Class Size: 10 students maximum
Class Length: 2 hours (8 hours total)
Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

Tuition: $180

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Have you ever seen the classic film about freestyling “8Mile”? This movie is ideal for anyone trying to learn more about the art of Improvised Poetry/Rap. However, it will only show you how it looks when a professional does it, not necessarily how to develop the craft.
In this workshop, we will specialize in rhyming and flowing, and gaining a deeper understanding of this musical art form. Your Hip Hop questions will be answered, you will soon dazzle crowds, and impress significant others. We are all human beings- so if I can do it, so can you!

About Larry

Larry Dorsey Jr. is a storyteller born & raised in San Francisco. He is known in the city for his adventurous lifestyle and as a radio personality for the premiere Hip Hop station in the Bay Area (106kmel #iHeartMedia). Before being involved with BATS, he crafted his talents in various forms of performance arts. Music/Poetry (shout out to Youth Speaks) has been a part of his life since childhood. He is also a life long joke teller, first
learning the craft of Stand-up while working security at The Punchline/Cobbs Comedy Clubs, finally hitting the stage after taking a workshop at the famous San Jose Improv. He graduated from SF State University majoring in Creative Writing, Academy of Art University majoring in Motion Pictures & Television, and the Meisner Technique Studio acting program. He has also studied at different theaters around the Bay (i.e. the A.C.T.)- in classes ranging from clowning to public speaking. His free time is dedicated to creating content for social media- follow him to learn more or to check out some of his art: (url) @larrydorseyjr