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 Improv Gym

In this ongoing class students hone their improv and acting skills and narrative storytelling.

Students may continue monthly until their coach feels they are ready for the first level of the Performance Lab. If the student has no desire to perform they may continue their learning and growth in the personalized, safe and creative atmosphere of the Improv Gym.

Upcoming Classes:

BATS Improv Gym

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST

October 6 - October 28, 2021 

Schedule: 8 sessions
Class dates: October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 28 & 28 
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total)
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $99/month
Prerequisite: BATS Foundation 2 or equivalent. **This class requires head of school or coach approval. Please email with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility.

Come work out at the Improv Gym! 
Starting in October, you can come build up those improv muscles at BATS’ Improv Gym! The improv gym is more like a traditional gym than like a typical improv class. Rather than committing to six or eight weeks, you can subscribe to the gym one month at a time and then drop in to play with a variety of coaches during that month. You’ll get to play with several coaches and other students while learning new skills and practicing old ones. 
The specifics: The gym will take place online on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 PM PST. The cost is $99 per month. When you subscribe, you can attend as many or as few of the workouts as you want for that month. On nights you choose to attend, we ask that you stay the whole time rather than popping in for a few minutes. Still, you do have the flexibility to choose what night you’d like to come train. Improv gym trainers will include BATS coaches as well as guest improvisers. For October, some of the coaches lined up include Ken Robertson, Brian Jones, Jenny Rosen, Rebecca Stockley, Rez Graham, Derek Yee, and Corey Rosen. Coaches may focus on specific skills, games, or genres, or they may ask the gym members what they’d like to work on, so feel free to show up with requests. The gym is open to anyone who has completed F2 or 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.