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 Will Gutzman Wednesday, February 8th 7:00 - 10:00 PM PST

February 8th Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Dates: Wednesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm // February 8th

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: None! Open to 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 Palo Alto with Derek Yee Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

February 16th Cubberley Community Center  Schedule: 1 session Class dates: February 16th 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 with Susie Sargent Thursday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

February 23 Studio 210

Class Date/Time: 7:00pm -10:00pm PST // Thursday February 23

Prerequisite: None! Open to Adults 18 and older

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours total

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

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 Laura Wachtel Saturday, February 25th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST

February 25th Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Dates: Wednesday 11:00pm - 2:00pm // February 25th

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: None! Open to 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 John Remak Saturday March 11th 11:00am - 1:00pm PST

March 11th Online

Class Time/Date: 11:00am -1:00pm PST// Saturday, March 11th

Prerequisite: None! Open to Adults 18 and older

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 2 hours total

Class size: 12 students maximum

Tuition: $35

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 Susie Sargent Thursday, March 16th 7:00 - 10:00 PM PST

March 16th Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Dates: Thursday 7:00pm - 10:00pm // March 16th

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: None! Open to 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 Laura Wachtel Saturday, March 25th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST

March 25th Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Dates: Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm // March 25th

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: None! Open to 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 Palo Alto with Karen Brelsford Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

April 5th Cubberley Community Center 

Class Time/Dates: Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm PST // April 5th

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Prerequisite: None! Open to all adults 18 and over!

Tuition: $54

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 Zoe Galvez Saturday April 8th 11:00am - 1:00pm PST

April 8th Online

Class Time/Date: 11:00am -1:00pm PST// Saturday, April 8th

Prerequisite: None! Open to Adults 18 and older

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 2 hours total

Class size: 12 students maximum

Tuition: $35

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 Will Gutzman Tuesday, April 11th 7:00 - 10:00 PM PST

April 11th Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Dates: Tuesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm // April 11th

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: None! Open to 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!