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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summer1Summer Sessions

Prerequisite: Varies by class
Schedule: 2–4 days (consecutive)
Class length: Varies by class
Class size: Varies by class
Tuition: Varies by class

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Our Summer Sessions offer a range of intensive workshops, many of which we only offer during the summer. It’s a chance for intensive study over a period of two to four consecutive days per session with peers from around the Bay Area and the world. Our talented teaching staff are joined by renowned guest coaches to present improvised theatre classes you won’t find anywhere else.

The flexible schedule of our Summer Sessions makes it easy (and affordable!) to study with us, and we offer workshops for all levels (some require no improv training at all). Past guest coaches have included TheatresportsTM creator Keith Johnstone, Blind Date creator Rebecca Northan, and author of Improv Wisdom Patricia Ryan Madson.

Note: Our Summer Sessions often sell out, so we strongly encourage you to register early. AND if you register by June 1, you’ll receive the early registration discount.

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Open Short Scene Work

August 23 - August 26, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class Time/Dates: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 23, 24, and 25 - 10am-4pm, August 26, 10am - 5pm 
Schedule: 10am - 4pm Wednesday - Friday, with a 1-hour lunch break; 10am-5pm Saturday August 26
Performances: Two shows, Sunday, August 27th, 5pm and 7pm
Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 21 hours total of instruction
Tuition: $419
Prerequisite: Studio Scene Work 

Discover the joys, challenges and opportunities of “open” short scenework.  By “open”, I mean that
every scene stands on its own, based on suggestions or sometimes not, and not usually connected to other scenes in any way.  And by “short”, I mean anywhere between 5 seconds and 5 minutes.  
There are infinite improv challenges in open scene work: jumping into scenes fearlessly, finding the path of the scene in a timely manner and following through on it, and of course ending scenes effectively.

Together, we’ll explore the thrills and skills of doing short scenes!



Tim Orr

From Tall Ships to Spaceships: Improv on the High Seas and In Space

August 30 - September 2, 2017
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class Time/Dates: Wednesday to Saturday, August 30, 31, September 1, and 2
Schedule: 9am-1pm on Wed, August 30th, with a 1-hour lunch break and a field trip to the San Francisco Maritime Museum from 2:30-5pm; Thursday to Saturday August 31 to September 2, 10am-5pm with a 1-hour lunch break
Two performances: Sunday, September 3rd, 4pm: Classic Seafaring Naval show and 7pm: Improvised Star Trek show
Class size: 8 students maximum
Class length: 22 hours total of instruction
Tuition: $449
Prerequisite: Performance Workshop 3 (Elements of Long Form) or other long form experience required. Contact to confirm eligibility.

In this class, we will explore two eras - the classic age of seafaring in the 18th century and the Original Series Star Trek in the 23rd century. We will immerse ourselves in these worlds (including a field trip to a nearby Maritime Pier and Museum) which will culminate in a performance in each genre on Sunday, September 3rd.
We will be focusing on the following improv skills: stage combat, characters and commitment, wheres and space objects, stories with large group scenes, playing the extra vs. playing the lead. We will also work on quickly becoming an improv ensemble that is generous and works well together in a short period of time (like a crew on a ship!)
You do not have to be an expert in these genres, but please be prepared to do some homework before the class begins. I will be sending out a list of things to watch to begin our immersion into these two similar yet distinct worlds, and also study guides for reference. Ultimately we will absorb what we can, let go of the rest and play together and have fun! We will also have some simple and minimal costumes for both shows that you will be responsible for acquiring before our performance date. 
Looking forward to working and playing with you. Our adventure awaits!





Laura Derry

“It’s a lot of fun, teaches me skills I can apply to my day-to-day life.”

– 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


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