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 SpecialtyFoundation Specialty

Prerequisite: Varies by class
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: Varies by class

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Foundation Specialty classes give you more opportunities to play and have fun while deepening your improv knowledge in a specific area. Classes range from one to four weeks and explore a particular improv skill, such as status, character, games, singing, genre, narrative, or spontaneity.

These classes are a great place for Foundation-level students to explore a distinct element of improv in more depth, working with coaches who are skilled in that particular area.


Improv as Mindfulness

Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00 PM 

April 18 - May 9, 2019
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Confident, Calm and Connected: Improv as a Mindfulness Practice

Schedule: 4 sessions
Class dates: April 18, 25, May 2, and 9
Class length: 3 hours (12 hours total instruction)
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $180

Prerequisite: Foundation 3 and above

To do your best on stage—and in life—you need nimble flexibility, well-tuned focus, and an open-hearted presence. Making improv a mindfulness practice—paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and kindness—develops these qualities even further. Combine a range of mindfulness practices with improv exercises and scenework to experience this way of being first-hand—and to laugh while doing it.

Please note: requires F3 level training or permission of the instructor.

Ted DesMaisons has performed and taught improvisation internationally. He is a trained mindfulness instructor whose first book, “Playful Mindfulness” will come out in Spring of 2019. Ted also co-hosts the “Monster Baby” podcast, “a curious romp through the worlds of mindfulness and improvisation.”


“BATS creates a very welcoming environment for improvisers to grow and learn.”

– BATS Student

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.