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 (online) or $54 (in-person) and 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 our 2-hour online, or 3-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:

In-Person: Intro to Improv with Susie Sargent Thursday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

June 9 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: June 9 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

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 new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and have a great time!

Online: Intro to Improv with Andy Sarouhan Sunday, 11:00AM - 1:00 PM PST

June 12 Online Schedule: 1 session Class dates: June 12 Class length: 2 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $35 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

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 2-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 new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and have a great time!

In-Person: Intro to Improv in Palo Alto with Derek Yee Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

June 22 Cubberley Community Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: June 22 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

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 new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and have a great time!

In-Person: Intro to Improv with Benny Garcia Saturday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST

June 25 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: June 25 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

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 new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and have a great time!

Online: Intro to Improv with Benny Garcia Sunday, 11:00AM - 1:00 PM PST

July 3 Online Schedule: 1 session Class dates: July 3 Class length: 2 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $35 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

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 2-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 new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and have a great time!

In-Person: Intro to Improv with Rebecca Stockley Sunday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST

July 10 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: July 10 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

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 new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and have a great time!

In-Person: Intro to Improv in the Mission Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

July 19 Studio 210 Schedule: 1 session Class dates: July 19 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

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 new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and have a great time!

In-Person: Intro to Improv with Susie Sargent Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

July 27 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: July 27 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

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 new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and have a great time!