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:

Using Improv to Build Resiliency and Positive Mindset
with Kimberly MacLean

Sunday, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


January 24, 2021
Online

Schedule: 1 session
Class date: January 24
Class length: 2 hours
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $35
Prerequisite: None! Open to all adults 18 and older.

Did you know that improv practice can help build a growth mindset? Let's spend a couple of hours playing together for the express purpose of promoting positive mindset, resiliency, and gratitude. We'll practice exercises and play games that you can utilize outside of class as we negotiate everyday life and extraordinary times. No improv experience necessary and all levels welcome. 

Simplify Scenes with John Remak

Sunday, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


January 31, 2021
Online

Schedule: 1 session
Class date: January 31
Class length: 2 hours
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $35
Prerequisite: Foundation 2 or higher

Simplify Scenes using instant feedback, scene analysis and one-on-one instruction. The focus is on students creating solid scenes by building on first offers. Players will get lots of instant feedback through instructor side-coaching plus the opportunity to run complete scenes and get feedback at the end. Players will also have opportunities to run scenes one on one with the instructor.

Coach

John Remak

Agency In Improv with Madi Goff

Online

Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


February 10 - March 3, 2021
Online

Schedule: 4 sessions
Class dates: February 10, 17, 24 & March 3
Class length: 2 hours (8 hours total)
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $130
Prerequisite: Foundation 2 or higher ** **This class requires Head of School Approval. Email bats@improv.org with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility

Saying "yes and" is a key part of improvisation. "Yes" to the reality that your scene partner offered. "And" to add information. However, holding yourself prisoner to "yes and" can lead to a scene, a character, a situation, that is problematic or simply not something you wish to explore. In this class, students will explore techniques to maintain agency in the "Yes And" world of improvisation. It’s important to say “yes” to things outside our comfort zone, yet part of safety is knowing you have the power to explore the stories you're excited to explore and to dive into the type of discomfort that will help you grow.

 

About Madi

Madi is an actress, writer, and improviser living in Los Angeles. She is a member of Ripley Improv, the Impro Theatre main company, and an alumna of the Groundlings Sunday Company. Madi plays Dr. Hanna Brenn on HEARTBEATS, an improvised medical drama streamed on Ripley Improv's Twitch channel. Last year, her duo-improv show, The Madi Goff Show, ran for 28 episodes on OutPost13's Twitch channel. Madi is also an accomplished technical improviser, streaming shows online as well as running live shows in LA and on tour. Madi teaches in the conservatory of the Impro Theatre School, teen workshops for Groundlings School, and one-on-one sessions for individual improvisers. 

 

Coach

Madi Goff

Games with Rebecca Stockley

Thursday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


February 11, 2021
Online

Schedule: 1 session
Class date: February 11
Class length: 2 hours
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $35
Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or higher ** **This class requires Head of School Approval. Email bats@improv.org with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility

Join Rebecca for a rapid succession of performance games: Learn, practice, and perform games new and old.

 

Scenes with Rebecca Stockley

Thursday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


February 18, 2021
Online

Schedule: 1 session
Class date: February 18
Class length: 2 hours
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $35
Prerequisite: Foundation 2 or higher ** **This class requires Head of School Approval. Email bats@improv.org with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility

Improvised scenesscenesscenes: After a quick warm-up, perform in loads of scenes with different people. Play different characters, discover relationships and define your environment in as many scenes as we can fit into 2 hours..

 

Scenes with Rebecca Stockley

Thursday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


February 25, 2021
Online

Schedule: 1 session
Class date: February 25
Class length: 2 hours
Class size: 12 students maximum
Tuition: $35
Prerequisite: Foundation 2 or higher ** **This class requires Head of School Approval. Email bats@improv.org with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility

Explore playful storytelling by activating your imagination, practicing listening and adapting, and discovering how your stories can intermingle and transform from moment to moment.

 

Stand Up's Secret with Larry Dorsey Jr. 

Sundays, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


March 7 - April 11, 2021 
Online

Schedule: 6 sessions
Class dates: March 7, 14, 21, 28, March 4 & 11 
Class length: 2 hours (12 hours total)
Class size: 8 students maximum
Tuition: $180
Prerequisite: None! All Adults 18 and over are eligible

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!

 

About Larry

Larry Dorsey Jr. is a storyteller born & raised in San Francisco. He is known in the city for his adventurous lifestyle and as a radio personality for the premiere Hip Hop station in the Bay Area (106kmel #iHeartMedia).

Before being involved with BATS, he crafted his talents in various forms of performance arts. Music/Poetry (shout out to Youth Speaks) has been a part of his life since childhood. He is also a life long joke teller, first learning the craft of Stand-up while working security at The Punchline/Cobbs Comedy Clubs, finally hitting the stage after taking a workshop at the famous San Jose Improv.

He graduated from SF State University majoring in Creative Writing, Academy of Art University majoring in Motion Pictures & Television, and the Meisner Technique Studio acting program. He has also studied at different theaters around the Bay (i.e. the A.C.T.)- in classes ranging from clowning to public speaking.

His free time is dedicated to creating content for social media- follow him to learn more or to check out some of his art: (url) @larrydorseyjr

 

Freestyle with Larry Dorsey Jr.

Sunday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


March 7 - April 11, 2021
Online

Schedule: 6 session
Class date: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 & 11
Class length: 2 hours (12 hours total)
Class size: 10 students maximum
Tuition: $180
Prerequisite: None! Open to all adults 18 and 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!

“I can’t remember when I’ve felt more comfortable to make a mistake or take a risk.”

– BATS Student

Class Locations

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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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