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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Introductory Workshops

These workshops are a steal at $35 — you can treat yourself and a friend to an afternoon of fun, surprises, and big laughs for the price of a nice meal. These classes make great gifts!

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

For people with limited time/resources or who aren’t sure improv is for them, we have developed two dip-your-toe-in-the-water introductory workshops. In these 2-hour classes, students use games and exercises to explore the basic concepts and skills of improvised theatre. And after you’ve had a taste, you may very well want the complete improv experience in Foundation 1, our 8-week beginner class, which more fully covers the material.

Intro to Improv

If you've ever been intrigued by improv and want to see what it's all about, this one-time, fun introduction to improv is just for you! In this 3-hour workshop you’ll learn the basics of improvised theatre -- spontaneity, playfulness, creativity, listening, storytelling, and more -- through fun games and exercises. Our coaches create a safe, inviting environment for trying new things and taking a few risks. You’ll stretch your boundaries (just a bit, no pressure) while you meet some new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and generally have a great time.

Improv for Shy People

Signing up for an improv class may be the last thing on your mind if you consider yourself shy, but at BATS, learning improv is extremely safe and supportive. Introverted folks can especially benefit from improv skills such as spontaneity, flexibility, and social/emotional risk taking. Taught by coaches experienced in creating a comfortable, safe environment, this class introduces:

  • Presence under pressure.
  • Listening and building on ideas.
  • Meeting your inner critic and practicing the thinking that will foster connection.

You will experiment with stretching your boundaries (just a little, don’t worry) while you meet some new people, explore improv’s life lessons and have a great time. 

Upcoming Classes:

There are currently no classes scheduled.

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

– BATS Student

Start Improvising

Foundation 1

with Ken Robertson
Thursdays, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
August 5, 2021 – September 9, 2021

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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.