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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studio1Performance Series

Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work or class-dependent! Please check each class listing individually. 
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: Varies by class
Tuition: Varies by class

See the Performance Series class schedule »

For students interested in performing, BATS offers our Performance Series. The Performance Series provides opportunities to work with the same ensemble for a longer period of time. You’ll get an opportunity to dive deeper into performance skills and various aspects of improvisational formats through this in-depth curriculum. Each 8-week series builds on the skills taught in the previous series, ultimately best preparing you to be a confident and skilled improv performer!

All Performance Series classes conclude with at least one performance Showcase.

Intermediate Performance Ensemble
Saturdays, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

January 11 - February 29, 2020
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 8 sessions; once a week for 8 weeks, and 4 performances
Class Dates: Saturdays 2:30-5:30pm January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
Performances: 4 one hour performances on the Bayfront Theater stage: Sunday nights February 2, 16, 23, and March 1
Class size: 8 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours (24 hours total of instruction)
Prerequisite: Studio Scenework and demonstrated Intermediate Performance level skills via the BATS Skills Assessment

This 8-week workshop, prepares you for performing 50 minute single story narratives in genre by focusing on these core skills:

Paying attention and slowing down
Building the platform of the story
Improvising in specific genre
Transitions between scenes
Playing as an ensemble
Building locations and maintaining a space object world

This class will give you a grounding in the essential elements of Longform improvisation in the BATS Improv style.

Beginning Performance Ensemble
Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

January 28 - March 17, 2020
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks), 4 performances
Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm - 10:00pm on Tuesdays
January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, and 17
Performances: 4 performances on the Bayfront Theater stage, Sunday nights February 16, March 1, 15, and 22
Class size: 8 students maximum 
Class length: 
3 hours (24 hours total of instruction)
Prerequisite: Studio Scenework and demonstrated Beginning Performance level skills via the BATS Skills Assessment

This 8-week workshop prepares you for your first performance in front of an audience by breaking down and covering these different core elements of performance:

  • Stage skills
  • Shape of show
  • Games (setting up, introducing, and playing)
  • Scenes (setting up, starting, and ending)
  • Audience interaction
  • Ensemble-building

You’ll learn new games and explore the balance between games and scenes for a well-crafted show. The Workshop includes four one hour performances.


“BATS creates a very welcoming environment for improvisers to grow and learn.”

– 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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