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: Stand Up! with Larry Dorsey, Jr. Saturday, 2:30pm - 5:30pm PST

April July 9 - July 30 Ft. Mason Class Time/Dates: 2:30pm-5:30pm PST, Saturday July 9, 16, 23 & 30 Prerequisites: None! Open to adults 18 years or older! Class size: 16 students maximum Class length: 3 hours (12 hours total instruction) Tuition: $229 Have people always told you that you should be a comedian? Or have you secretly wanted to become one? Well, this class is for you! Students will understand the pre-corona scene, impromptu public speaking, and it will have featured guest speakers. In this workshop, we will break the barrier between improvisers & stand-up comics, and we will focus on finding the funny in your life. From storytelling to crowd work (or riffing), we will lay the foundation for students to understand better the art of making people laugh. Remember, there are multitudes of unique styles & perspectives; it is all up to each individual's discovery process (everyone will write differently). We are all humans- if I can do it, so can you! Note: Very few people start hilarious, so even if you don't think you're funny, many of the professionals weren't even the class clown!

Online: Improvised Genres with Brian Jones Thursdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm PST

July 14 - September 1 Online Class Time/Dates: Thursdays 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST / July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 & September 1 Prerequisites: Foundation 3 or equivalent *Email bats@improv.org to determine eligibility* Class size: 12 students maximum Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total instruction) Tuition: $299

An eight week dive into the most popular genres audiences tend to shout out at shows. We will cover each genre with the goal of knowing how to improvise in them enough for a scene AND understand what makes them unique in their point of view. Class will cover Romantic Comedy, Film Noir, Shakespeare, Sci FI, Sitcom, Western, Horror, Suspense, Documentary, Narrated story, and Soap Opera. Curious about a genre you don't see? Let the teacher know because the more genres you know, the better storyteller you become.

In-Person: Performance Ready Refresh: Narrative Devices with Tim Orr Saturday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST

July 16 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: July 16 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: F3 or equivalent

Transitions, both within and between scenes, are one of the truly magical aspects of long-form improvisation. Experiment with them, combine them, discover your own! As with all space object and “where” work, the key is to take your time with what you’re doing, and observe what your partners are doing. Slow down! Taking your time makes things easier to read, and also expands your options.

In this class, we’ll explore:

  • lights and music as transitions
  • entrances and exits (energy, stage position, the push/pull of comings and goings, etc.)
  • scene start options
  • making other people “appear” without prolonged stage set-up
  • cross-in-front/wipe
  • instant on-stage location changes
  • instant on-stage character changes
  • tapping in/out to play new or established characters
  • playing multiple characters
  • character switching, pacing and proximity
  • split focus (basic and advanced)
  • flashback/forward with possible simultaneous dialogue/narration
  • montages
  • close-up/longshot

In-Person: Performance Ready Refresh: Ensemble & Stage Picture with Rebecca Stockley Thursday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

July 28 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: July 28 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: F3 or equivalent

Refresh your ensemble performance skills. This class focuses on the group: sharing stage, committing, working together, stage picture, using the entire stage, eyeline & perspectives.

In-Person: Performance Ready Refresh: Singing and Dancing with Zoe Galvez and Joshua Raoul Brody Thursday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

August 18 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: August 18 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $54 Prerequisites: F3 or equivalent

Get out of your head and into your body! BATS Musical Director Joshua Raoul Brody and Company Member Zoe Galvez will run the class through some quick warm-ups then plunge right into a variety of improvised song and dance formats and styles. You'll perform solos with back-ups, duets and group numbers. You'll learn to move as an ensemble with instant choreography. You'll do scenes with songs in them and you'll dance your pants off!