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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Specialty

Specialty classes give you more opportunities to play and have fun while deepening your improv knowledge. Classes range from one to four weeks and explore a variety of improv specialties: working with puppets, improvising song or freestyle rap, using your voice in a radio drama, honing in on the potential of a positive mindset and more! These classes are a great place for all improvisers to explore a distinct element of improv in more depth, working with coaches who are skilled in that particular area.  

Upcoming Classes:

In-Person: Noir Intensive with Brian Lohmann

Ft. Mason - BATS Annex Class Time/Dates: June 29 & 30 // Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm PST Schedule: 2 sessions Class length: 14 hours total Class size: 14 students maximum Prerequisite: F4 or equivalent experience Tuition: $229 Okay, Keyes, yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m going to teach an intensive in Noir. Maybe it’s Fate. I’ve been obsessed with Noir since I saw “The Big Sleep,” at Harrington’s bar with my dad when I was an anklebiter. Later, I won awards for directing improvised Noir. Big deal, right? That and a nickel will get me another nickel. I know what you’re going to say, Keyes, it’s too pat, too cliché, too overdone. That’s the play for suckers. I’m too smart for that, Keyes, and I think you are too. You want an intensive that plays with heightened style and takes risks. Stylized staging with techniques with slow motion shoot outs, tricks like split screen and multiple versions of past narrative – Rashomon style; stylized tempo so that Improvised Noir is oneric, dreamlike; stylized language like the twists and the bullyboys use. Oh, we’ll look at the classics, we’d be saps not to. What about the risk? The risk involves you. You being your most glamourous and dangerous onstage. Playing for keepsies. Movement, intensity, sizzle. It’s all that, and more, Keyes. I wish you could be there. Be seeing you.

In-Person: Screwball Comedy Intensive with Brian Lohmann

Ft. Mason - BATS Annex and Bayfront Theatre

Class Time/Dates: 6:00pm-10:00pm on Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday // July 26, 27, 28 Schedule: 3 sessions Class size: 12 students maximum Prerequisite: Foundation 4 or instructor approval. Email bats@improv.org for the code. Tuition: $299 “You drive me crazy! But…I love you.” Screwball is a RomCom that had too much coffee and not enough sleep. The characters make bad decisions, try to outwit one another, are fierce and misinformed and are clumsy at the very moment they imagine themselves graceful. It’s a hot mess. BUT it is a wonderful cauldron for comedy. Using the classic films from the 1930s as inspiration we will create big, gloriously kooky characters and practice the comic rhythms and physical synergy that make this style cook!