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 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: Genre Lab with John Remak

Tuesdays 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST

March 28th - April 18th Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Dates: Tuesdays 7:00pm-10:00pm // March 28, April 4, 11, 18

Schedule: 4 sessions

Class length: 3 hours each

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $229

Prerequisite: F3 or equivalent

*Email for access code and other eligibility questions*

Location: Bayfront Theater at Fort Mason Center for the Arts

Join the Genre Lab and explore the exciting world of improvisation in various popular genres. From rom-com to film noir, Shakespeare to horror, western and more, this class is designed for everyone, regardless of your genre expertise. Experience the thrill of creativity and collaboration as you learn new techniques and elements in a fun and fast-paced environment. Sign up today and elevate your scene work to new heights!

Your Next Steps: Personalized Coaching for Advanced Improvisers Thursdays, 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST

March 29 - May 3 Ft. Mason

Class Time/Dates: 7:00pm-10:00pm PST on Wednesdays // March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3

Schedule: 6 sessions; once a week for six weeks

Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total)

Class size: 10 students maximum

Prerequisite: BATS Foundation 4 or equivalent

**This class requires Head of School approval. Please email us at with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility.

Tuition: $349

As an experienced improviser, you've learned the basics and can function in an improvised scene. But perhaps you've gotten feedback or noticed yourself that there is one skill or facet of improv that holds you back. If so, this is the class for you! Coach Dave Dennison will use his twenty years of teaching experience to take your improv to new and compelling places. Dave will work with you to identify the areas that are holding you back and suggest strategies to make your play more compelling. 6 class sessions; Class limited to 10 students. Pre-requisites: Significant improv experience and Coach/Dean Approval.

Online: Coffeehouse Improv with Brian Jones Thursdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST

March 30 - May 18 Online

Class Date/Time: 6:00-8:00pm PST // Thursdays March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18

Schedule: 8 sessions

Class size: 12 students maximum

Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total)

Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

Tuition: $299

Brian Jones leads this class where you can learn a variety of styles to improvise in. This workshop will touch on various poetry styles such as sonnets, free verse, prose, spoken word, kids poems, and more. In addition we'll learn a bit of puppetry, stand up comedy, monologues and improvised storytelling. All to be performed with music at the end for an improvised open mic night coffeehouse!

In-Person: Freestyle with Larry Dorsey, Jr. Saturday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm PST

April 8 BATS Annex

Class Time/Dates: 1:00pm-4:00pm PST // April 8

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: None! Open to all adults 18 years or older!


Hip Hop is now the number 1 music genre globally; however, few to no classes exist about developing improvisational RAP skills (Rhythm And Poetry). Learn from someone who received a blessing from the innovators of the "freestyle" art form and who recently performed with the Tony award-winning musical "Freestyle Love Supreme"!