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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Foundation 1 – Mindset & Skillset

Online Sessions 
Prerequisite: None! Open to Adults 18 and older 
Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks) 
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total) 
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299

A fun, playful, and engaging introduction to the principles and mindsets of improvisation and the BATS style of improv.

The class will focus on developing the ensemble and honing these foundational skills:

  • Listening
  • Support
  • Spontaneity
  • Imagination
  • Collaboration

Students will learn the groundwork for the creative magic of improvising stories together. World-class coaches guide students through the first exciting stages of improvisation in a safe, friendly atmosphere.

At the end of F1, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what next step is best — repeating F1 to strengthen the necessary skills or moving to Foundation 2: Movement & Story.

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

NOTE: Attendance at the first session of your course is strongly encouraged. If you think you will have to miss the first session of your Foundation 1 class, please notify the office before registering.

Upcoming Classes:

Sundays, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

February 13 - March 20, 2022

Schedule: 6 sessions
Class dates: February 13, 20, 27, March 3, 13 & 20
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $349


In-Person: Foundation 1 with Dave Dennison

February 24 - March 31
Studio 210 in the Mission

Class Time/Dates: Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm PST // February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Prerequisites: BATS Foundation 1 or equivalent
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Tuition: $349


“I can’t remember when I’ve felt more comfortable to make a mistake or take a risk.”

– BATS Student

Class Locations


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.