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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Online: Traditional Performance Labs

Prerequisite: Foundation 6; coach/dean approval required.
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: Varies by class
Tuition: Varies by class

Students will work with a coach who provides ongoing training that includes performance techniques and genre-specific instruction.  At the end of this training, students will rehearse and perform shows designed and directed by their coach. The traditional performance labs are currently offered online and in-person.

Upcoming Classes:

Online: Pulp Playhouse Performance Lab with Brian Lohmann Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST

August 2 - October 18 Online Schedule: 12 sessions Class date: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11 & 18 Class length: 2 hours (24 hours total instruction) Class size: 12 students maximum Tuition: $449 Prerequisite: Foundation 6 or coach approval **This class requires Head of School Approval. Please email us at with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility** *This course culminates in four online performances* Want to tell a story as a werewolf? A trapped astronaut? A Valkerie? Stretch your storytelling voice in this fast-paced class where you write a character monologue and then narrate an improvised story as that character. Inspired by portmanteau story collections (think “Tales from the Crypt,”) and the Pulp magazines of the 1920s and 30s that anthologized short stories, this class explores storytelling through a combined character-and-improviser lens. Genres explored will be: Adventure, Horror and Science Fiction. There will be reading and viewing assignments throughout the 8 weeks of class and 4 weeks of performance. Pulp Playhouse is an award-winning format that ran from 1988-95 in San Francisco and helped launch the long-form narrative revolution. Pulp company members included BATS Alumni Mike McShane, Diane Rachel, Barabara Scott & Stephen Kearin and BATS Company members Rafe Chase, Paul Killam and Regina Saisi.  BATS is pleased to offer this opportunity to study the technique with Pulp's creator and Artistic Director. Tuesdays August 2 - September 20 followed by 4 weeks of shows. Ends Oct 18.