Deep Dive into BATS Summer classes!
Classes listed below are conducted entirely online and designed for adults 18 and up.
Dive deep into the world of Improv this summer with BATS Deep Dive courses! In BATS deep dive sessions, coaches will transport you beyond the Zoom screen and you’ll find yourself immersed in the world of Shakespeare, discovering the secrets of an improv comedy, or going behind-the-scenes to find out how improvisors move audiences with some of or most popular formats like ‘Bechdel Test’ and ‘Virtual Office Drama’.
Many of our classes require no previous improv or performance experience, just a willingness to play and explore. Take the plunge and dive in with BATS!
Actor and Improvisor with Zoe Galvez
Class Time/Date: 7-9pm / Tues. & Thurs. August 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27
Schedule: 6 sessions plus 2 1- hour performances on August 28 & 29
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 2 hours (12 hours total) +2 performances
Prerequisites: Completed beginner Improv course
“I can’t believe it wasn’t scripted!”
That’s what you’ll hear after taking this class! The chills and thrills of The Actor’s Nightmare come to life in this class designed to supercharge your performance skills in two vital areas…acting and improv. On-camera acting is now a requirement for improvisers on Zoom. Are you being truthful in your scenes? Did you know the camera reads your thoughts?
Half of the session will be spent learning on-camera acting techniques, playing for truth, and script analysis. The other half on amping up your improv by deepening your scene work and your ability to think on your feet.
This class ends with two prime time fun shows doing The Actor’s Nightmare format– live!
So what’s The Actor’s Nightmare?
Theatre & improv collide! The theatre actors are ready–they’ve prepared scenes while the improvisers enter a play they’ve never seen before, riffing off the lines. You’ll try both parts in this class. The audience won’t be able to tell who is the actor and who is the improviser! After this class, you’ll call yourself both!
Pulp Playhouse Stories with Regina Saisi
Class Time/Date: 10:00am-12:00pm / August 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15
Schedule: 5 sessions plus 1 performance at 7pm on August 15
Class size: 10 students maximum
Class length: 2 hours (10 hours total) + 1 performance
Prerequisites: Experience with long-form scenework (approval required; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with previous improv experience)
Pulp Playhouse offers improvisers a chance to dive deeply into genre, to create a character and to find the character’s voice as a storyteller.
With a title from the audience, each narrator tells an improvised story and the give and take between narrator and other players begins.
The improvisers start by writing short monologues, adding costumes and an appropriate background, all the while working on narrated stories and the conventions of the different genres.
Pulp Playhouse is a whirlwind mix of scripted character monologues, narration and mid-length improvised long form stories! Find out for yourself!
(Pulp Playhouse is a format created by BATS alum Brian Lohmann)
Performing Virtual Office Drama with Dave Dennison
Class Time/Date: 10:30am-2:30pm / August 15, 16, 17 and 18
Schedule: 4 sessions + 1 performance on August 18 at 7pm
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 2 hours (12 hours total) +1 Performance
Prerequisites: Experience with Improv Scenework
Much of life happens online now. The Virtual Office Drama is an improvised format that captures the small dramas of a company soldiering on while sheltering in place. We’ll explore character variety, using our living spaces as ‘sets’ and acting for the Zoom platform.
Effortless Story with William Hall, Rebecca Stockley and Paul Killam
- Thurs. 8/20: 7-10pm
- Fri. 8/21: 10-3:30 * 90 min lunch break
- Sat. 8/22: 10-3:30 *90 min lunch break
- Sun. 8/23 : 10-1pm
Schedule: 4 sessions
Class size: 18 students maximum
Class length: 3-4 hours (18 hours total) + 1 performance
Prerequisites: None-open to adults 18 and olde!
Make stories together spontaneously. There are untold stories to discover, explore, and co-create. Explore how your creative voice is influenced by those of your partners. Effortlessly reveal stories from your unlimited imagination in collaboration with your fellow improvisers.
Perform in ‘The Blank Show!’ with Chris Sams
Class Time/Date: 10:00am-3:00pm/ Friday August 28, 2020
Schedule: 1 sessions plus 1 performance on August 28
Class size: 16 students maximum
Class length: 4 hours + 1 performance
Prerequisites: None–open to adults 18 and older
You’ve seen the BATS Main Stage Company play the Blank Show, now here’s your chance to learn the format form the creator, Chris Sams. Learn how the game show genre show genre format works so well online while you enjoy light-hearted fun and loads of laughs along the way.