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: To Play is the Thing with Carrie Caudle and David Boyll Saturday and Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST

December 10 and 11 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 2 sessions Class dates: December 10 & 11 Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total) Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $129 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 years and older!

Long before “Yes, and…” there was “Give and Take” and “Follow the Follower”:

What we call improv today was born in the 1930s in Chicago at Neva Boyd’s Settlement House and later, the WPA Recreational Project, led by Viola Spolin. Starting in the 1970’s, Augusto Boal brought his transformative Theatre of the Oppressed work to his Brazilian homeland, Europe, and beyond…effectively mobilizing grassroots cultural activism. The goal of this workshop is to build on this classic foundation – to learn games, activate our bodies and our senses, and create experiences of ensemble play built on trust and complete openness.

This two day, multi-level workshop is designed for both the complete beginner and the seasoned improvisor / actor. With over 30 years of combined improv and acting experience, David and Carrie will channel their beginners’ mindset and guide players through discoveries as both individuals and as a group using Viola Spolin and Augusto Boal games and activities using active sidecoaching. As children, we all played games, allowing our imaginations and impulses to be let loose in the physical world. Let’s play together!

In-Person: Playing With Kindness - Holiday Edition! - With Dave and Stephanie Dennison Saturday, December 17th, 11:00AM - 2:00 PM PST

December 17 Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Dates: Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm PST // December 17

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: None! Open to adults 18 and older

With the Holidays upon us and the days getting shorter and colder, we’re drawn to be warmer towards our fellow human beings. Similarly when we improvise, we tend toward many behaviors that are kind to ourselves and others. We graciously accept the offers our partner gives us, we celebrate our mistakes, and try to create a safe space for play. In this fun workshop, Dave and Stephanie Dennison will lead you through lots of games with an eye towards leaning into the kindness inherent in improv.

In-Person: Great Performance Games with John Remak

Tuesdays 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST

January 10 - January 31 Ft. Mason Center

Class Time/Dates: Tuesdays 7:00pm-10:00pm // January 10, 17, 24, and 31

Schedule: 4 sessions

Class length: 3 hours each

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: F3 or equivalent

*Email bats@improv.org for access code and other eligibility questions*

Location: Bayfront Theater at Fort Mason Center for the Arts

In this intensive four-week in-person workshop you’ll learn to successfully play a wide variety of classic improv performance games, such as Alphabet Scene, Emotional Rollercoaster, New Choice, and many more. We'll explore game and scene techniques that should be in every improvisor's toolbox. It's going to be fast paced and a lot of fun!