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.


Mondays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

February 4 - February 25, 2019
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class schedule: 4 sessions
Class dates and time: 7-10 pm Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25
Class size: 10 students maximum
Class length: 3 each, 12 hours total
Prerequisite: None! Open to all adults 18 and over!

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 & 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!

Guest Coach

Larry Dorsey Jr.

Applying Improv to Life

Tuesdays, 7:00PM - 10:00PM

February 12 - March 19, 2019
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 6 sessions (once a week for 6 weeks)
Class dates: February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, and 19
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 14 students maximum
Tuition: $299
Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above


This 6 session course provides a general survey of the real world applications of improvisation for experienced BATS students. If you’ve been studying improv and are curious about all the benefits it can have on your life, career, and relationships, this is the class for you!

We’ll explore topics such as:
Being Present and Active Listening
Thinking Under Pressure and Responding in the Moment
Building Connection, Community and Trust
Enhancing Communication and Presentation Skills

Whether your goal is personal or professional development, this course will provide a grounding in the many uses for improv beyond the stage.


Chris Sams

“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


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