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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The BATS Communities of Color Scholarship for Winter 2020 is Now Closed.

Selected applicants will be notified no later than January 25, 2020.

Applications for the Spring period will be open April 1 -15, 2020.

The BATS Scholarship Program offers full and partial tuition for BATS classes, based on funding criteria. Scholarships are currently awarded four times per year. See the terms and conditions page for more details about our application process.


BATS Communities of Color Scholarship Fall 2019 Recipients

The BATS Communities of Color Scholarship has been established by a generous anonymous donor to make the BATS community more accessible for traditionally underrepresented communities of color.

Its second round of scholarships were awarded in October/November 2019. Here are our eight most recent recipients:

Carol Cheiruyot Jowy-Jhan Curameng Austine de los Santos
“My name is Carol, a Kenyan professional who recently moved to the US for graduate school. I’m excited at the opportunity to work on being more comfortable speaking in public in a fun and relaxed environment at BATS!” “My name is Jowy-Jhan Curameng and I am interested in the infinite ways of telling a story. I am excited to be part of BATS improv because many of my favorite Bay Area improvisers have studied/taught here. I hope to help the Bay Area increase the amount of diverse voices especially within the comedy and improv communities.”

As a new graduate in theatre, improv is one of the most foundational skills to have when performing, but I see it as a skill necessary in all aspects of life. I am stoked to take classes with BATS because the opportunity to grow, learn, and push myself for engaging people and the world around me, will support my passions in social justice, activism, and performing.

Jessica Flores

Lidia Juarez

Salim Razawi

“My name is Jessica Flores and I am a Deaf improviser as well as an SF native! I am thrilled to start learning at BATS not only because they are AWESOME but because I truly believe they can help me develop more ways to make improv more accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.” “I’m Lidia, and I fell in love with the creativity, wit, and endless support of the improv community when I took my first class 3 years ago. I’m ecstatic to join the BATS community and continue to hone my improv chops among some of the best performers I’ve seen
in the Bay!”

“A bay area theatre maker who most recently directed Once on this Island with Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Salim teaches with the ACT Youth Conservatory when not performing. I’m looking forward to taking classes with BATS because it’s been a few years since I’ve gotten to do improv, and after seeing a few shows at BATS, I’m excited to be a part of the program.”

Yiyo Ornelas Margaret Zhao

 

 
“Guillermo Yiyo Ornelas is an actor, dancer and theater maker, performing throughout Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Yiyo first came to the Bay Area in 2013 to study Theater and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. In 2020 Yiyo will work on Campo Santo’s premiere show, Translating Selena, written by Richard Montoya. Currently, they work at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts as the Arts Education and Outreach Coordinator and also serve as the Vice-Chair for the Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (AEABA).” “Improv, theater, and performance have all helped me grow confident in my own identity. Being one of few Chinese-American females who performed comedy all throughout high school and college, I am determined to continue building my story-telling and performance skills at BATS. I am 100% certain that BATS will provide me a range of key skills that will benefit both my future sales career as well as my pursuit in my personal passions, positively impacting as many communities as I can.”  

BATS Communities of Color Scholarship Summer 2019 Recipients

The BATS Communities of Color Scholarship has been established by a generous anonymous donor to make the BATS community more accessible for traditionally underrepresented communities of color.

Its first five scholarships were awarded in July/August 2019, here are some of the inaugural recipients:

T Sripunvoraskul Jennifer Ortega Albert Nguyen
“I’m T Sripunvoraskul, a Product Designer in San Francisco, where my passion is to make products more friendly and mentor queer & trans folks getting into tech.
I’m really excited about this opportunity to test my creativity, gain more confidence, and have lots of fun at the most perfect place to do it!”
“I just finished a Doctorate in Neuroscience at UCSF and have a strong interest in Science communications and teaching. I am excited to join the BATS Improv community and to use these skills to become a more engaging Science communicator.” As a social worker specializing in mental health services, I always believed that the best way to connect with others is to deepen the relationship we have with ourselves – meaning to experience and to engage ourselves in creative environments that pushes us to learn new ways of being comfortable in our own skin. I strongly feel that courses like BATS are great mediums for social and personal development.”

The BATS Scholarship Fund

The BATS Scholarship Fund provides free and discounted places in BATS classes to members of under-represented and marginalized groups. Your support allows us to expand our support!

If you’d like to support this program and see more students on this list, click below to donate.

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Please contact the office if you wish to discuss creating a dedicated scholarship fund.

“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 Zoe Galvez and Andy Sarouhan
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 31, February 1, and 2
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

 

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