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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school_quotes_IMG_2975What Folks Say About BATS School




I learned that these acting games and improv techniques can help you overcome innate roadblocks that prevent us from true and open expression. You might surprise yourself!

– Loni Stark, Stark Insider TV

One of “20 Best Improv Comedy Schools Around the World”

– P.S. Justice, Rant Lifestyle

A benchmark for improv all over the world

Bay Area Critic

It’s fun. You learn skills you can use every day. You meet lots of awesome people. It’ll change you in ways you can’t imagine. I’d recommend BATS over other schools because the emphasis is on story and character and acting rather than funny.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

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

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

BATS School is a precious gem. I don’t think any other city has anything like it. It’s highly evolved and maintains a fresh open approach to every aspect of improv. BATS is a pioneer in improv on a world level and continues to live and create on the edge of the cliff that it performs on. It’s been able to maintain this freshness and be successful as a theater and a force in the community.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

This is the highest quality improv class I’ve found. I want to continue learning at this level.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

BATS classes and improv performing are a major part of my life, personal growth and happiness. I’m thrilled (in the deepest meaning of that word) to be able to do more and more advanced performing. I can barely find the words to describe the deep satisfaction these ongoing accomplishments bring me.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

I get so much personal enrichment that applies to all areas of my life. It’s fun, and I love the creative outlet and spontaneity.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

I really enjoy both the short-form and long-form classes and instruction. I like BATS focus on more improvised theatre (characters, relationships) than straight comedy. BATS instructors are leaps and bounds the best in the city.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

Fun and supportive teachers, challenge in safe atmosphere, honest feedback

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

BATS creates a safe culture for making mistakes and playful interactions but is still educational.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

It is an integral part of my life in San Francisco. I have made good friends though the school and grown significantly as a improvisor. Cave match is a wonderful part of the school. Thank you for being a part of my life.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

Precise and excellent presentation of knowledge conveyed to me by a passionate and gifted improviser. Real results felt in a measurable way by the end of the course.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

Highly regarded by other actors and professionals in the SF acting community. Teachers are kind, talented, bright, enthusiastic and know their stuff. I love the playful, can’t fail, theatrical nature of BAT’s philosophy.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

[BATS Improv offers] a great, inexpensive night out that is quintessentially San Francisco and a school that affords adults the chance to play together spontaneously and learn great skills that apply both on stage and in life.

– BATS Student (from anonymous survey)

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

– BATS Student

Start Improvising

Foundation 1

with Ken Robertson
Thursdays, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
August 5, 2021 – September 9, 2021

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Class Locations


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


See School FAQs for registration details, plus info on parking, nearby food, safety, etc.