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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Student Shows

Our student shows present the talented new improvisers from the BATS School of Improv. Many Sundays, our students hone their craft during Student Showcases, Sunday Cave Matches, Theatresports™ Tournaments, and other special shows.

You’ll see a fun show featuring the next generation of San Francisco improv! And though it may be true that our student improvisers are not as experienced as our Main Stage Company members, rough around the edges also means fresh and innovative. Catch tomorrow’s stars on stage at BATS. You’ll be saying you ‘saw them when . . . ’

Student Showcases

Our Student Showcases each feature an ensemble of BATS students who have been training together with a coach on performing a specific genre or format.

Cave Match

Our Sunday Cave Matches feature ensembles that are a mix of students, company members, and coaches. Each team has 1/2 of the show to do whatever they like. At the end of the night the audience votes on their favorite ensemble. The winner is crowned champion and returns to face a new challenger the following week. Want to join in? Check out the registration form and apply now if your team is eligible.

Think you’ve got what it takes to perform in a student show? Student shows are open to eligible students at the BATS School of Improv. Not a student yet? We offer classes for every age and every level. Beginner classes start every month.


Keep up-to-date on Cave Matches–watch previous performances

September 20: Ready Players One vs. Live Clickbait:

September 27: Ready Players One vs. Ad Astra:

October 4: Ad Astra vs. Mixed Nuts:

October 11: Ad Astra vs. The Impassioned: An Improvised Soap Opera:

October 18: The Impassioned: An Improvised Soap Opera vs. The Mighty Bananas:

Map & Nearby

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At Fort Mason Center: 
The Interval 
(bar w/ snacks)
Greens (upscale vegetarian)
Off the Grid (food truck festival)

Our Favorites Near by:
 (roman-style pizzeria)
Patxi’s Chicago Pizza (pizza)
Plant (organic vegetarian)
Plutos (fresh american)
Tacolicious (untraditional taqueria)
The Tipsy Pig (gastropub)

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