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 SpecialtyFoundation Specialty

Prerequisite: Varies by class
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: Varies by class

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Foundation Specialty classes give you more opportunities to play and have fun while deepening your improv knowledge in a specific area. Classes range from one to four weeks and explore a particular improv skill, such as status, character, games, singing, genre, narrative, or spontaneity.

These classes are a great place for Foundation-level students to explore a distinct element of improv in more depth, working with coaches who are skilled in that particular area.


Character Skills Lab
Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

October 4th - October 25th, 2018
Studio 210, San Francisco (the Mission)

Schedule: 4 sessions (once a week for 4 weeks)
Class dates: October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Class length: 3 hours (12 hours total)
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $180
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

Do you seem to mostly play some version of yourself when improvising? Or perhaps you are hesitant to play characters who are different from you because you think you don't know how to do it, or you're afraid you'll do it "wrong"? Would you like to make stronger character choices and hold on to those for the duration of a scene?
In this four session class, we’ll explore the various ways of making strong and varied character choices and then seeing how those characters live in and interact in improvised scenes. We'll explore options to vary characters in tempo, attitude, and theme, and see what it's like to play everybody from larger-than-life cartoonish characters to more nuanced, grounded, and believable characters. You'll leave with a bigger range of who and what you can play, and a concrete set of tools you can call upon in your improv to play someone or something else with commitment and heart. Requirements: Foundation 3 and above.

“It’s a lot of fun, teaches me skills I can apply to my day-to-day life.”

– 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.