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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Foundation 1 – Mindset & Skillset

Online Sessions 
Prerequisite: None! Open to Adults 18 and older 
Schedule: 8 sessions (once a week for 8 weeks) 
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total) 
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299

A fun, playful, and engaging introduction to the principles and mindsets of improvisation and the BATS style of improv.

The class will focus on developing the ensemble and honing these foundational skills:

  • Listening
  • Support
  • Spontaneity
  • Imagination
  • Collaboration

Students will learn the groundwork for the creative magic of improvising stories together. World-class coaches guide students through the first exciting stages of improvisation in a safe, friendly atmosphere.

At the end of F1, the coach will make a recommendation for each student about what next step is best — repeating F1 to strengthen the necessary skills or moving to Foundation 2: Movement & Story.

Still on the fence? Here’s why you should study improv at BATS.

NOTE: Attendance at the first session of your course is strongly encouraged. If you think you will have to miss the first session of your Foundation 1 class, please notify the office before registering.

Upcoming Classes:

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

January 5, 2021- February 9, 2022
In-Person

Schedule: 6 sessions
Class dates: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2 & 9
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $349

Coach

Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST

January 8 - February 26, 2021
Online

Schedule: 8 sessions
Class dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19 & 26
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $299

Coach

Brian Jones

In-Person: Foundation 1 in Palo Alto

January 12 - February 16
Cubberley Community Center

Class Time/Dates: Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm PST // January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9 & 16
Prerequisites: None! All adults 18 and older welcome!
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours (18 hours total instruction)
Tuition: $349

 

“I love the playful, can’t fail, theatrical nature of BATS’s philosophy.”

– 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

 

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