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:

Improvised Shakespeare with Ken Robertson

August 4, 2021 - August 25, 2021
In-Person

Schedule: 4 sessions
Class dates/times: 7:00pm-10:00pm PST// August 4, 11, 18 & 25
Class length: 3 hours (12 hours total)
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $299
Prerequisite: Performance Experience Required **This class requires Head of School Approval. Please email us at bats@improv.org with a concise list of your experience to determine eligibility**

Class Description:

But soft – what scenes through yonder curtain break?  It ‘tis the wondrous mirth of performers speaking spontaneous words as though written by the immortal Bard of Avon!

Improvised Shakespeare can be one of the most intimidating challenges for a performer. But with a little study, it can also be one of the most exhilarating.

The works of Shakespeare have been treasured for over 500 years, and will be for a long time to come. The grandeur of his settings, the vibrancy of his characters and the beauty of his language have been revisited, refreshed, renewed  and revered continuously for over half a millennia.

You’ll take a deep dive into improvising Shakespearean dialogue (not just sprinkling “thee’s” and “thou’s” everywhere), explore Shakespeare’s worlds and characters, and learn how to create outstanding short-form scenes and long-form shows.  You’ll even learn how to duel with space-object swords!

Tarry not good friend – hie thee to the enrollment page and secure thy position anon!
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