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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Summer Sessions

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

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

Note: Our Summer Sessions often sell out, so we strongly encourage you to register early

Upcoming Classes:

In-Person: Intensive: Mask with William Hall Monday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

August 1 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: August 1 Class length: 8 hours Class size: 15 students maximum Tuition: $135 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and older

The use of the mask in theater has a rich history through the ages.  And to this day, the mask provides exceptional opportunity to explore physical character through movement, breath and rhythm.  Bring your curiosity and face, we’ll provide the masks.  Great for shy people who need to hide.    Cover your face and let the mask take the lead.  In the tradition of commedia del arte, Greek tragedy and Halloween.

Online: Intensive: Actor or Improviser? with Zoe Galvez Wednesday, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM PST

August 3-24 Online Schedule: 4 sessions Class dates: August 3, 10, 17 & 24 Class length: 2.5 hours Class size: 12 students maximum Tuition: $345 Prerequisites:Foundation 3 or coach approval; working actors without improv experience welcome *This class requires Head of School approval. Please email bats@improv.org to determine eligibility*

The chills and thrills of The Actor's Nightmare come to life in this class designed to supercharge your performance skills in two vital areas...acting and improv.

Half of the session will be spent learning on-camera acting techniques, character development, and script analysis. The other half focuses on amping up your improv by deepening your "yes and" skills and your ability to think on your feet.

This class ends with a fun show...based on the format The Actor's Nightmare developed by Zoe Galvez

In-Person: Intensive: Musical Improv with Brian Lohmann and Joshua Raoul Brody Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

August 4-7 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 4 sessions Class dates: August 4, 5, 6 & 7 Class length: 7 hours Class size: 16 students maximum Tuition: $475 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults 18 and over! Children make up songs effortlessly. Why do adults panic and freeze in the face of this playful, natural human expression? This intensive will teach relaxation, listening, introduce several song structures and explore different types of songs that express a range of feelings, emotions and wants. Songs are monologues (or poems) with a melody. Coaching will be given to help you act your songs as well as sing your songs. This intensive is a supportive place to dive into the great joy of making up songs together. Brian Lohmann is part of the improv song duo “The Velours” and has been improvising songs with Joshua since the late 80s when they toured “Johnny Lonely’s Unhappy Hour,” in London and Northern Europe. This class is open to beginners and advanced students and the instructors will work with you at your level.

In-Person: Intensive: High School Improv with Peter Chapman Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST

August 8-12 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 5 sessions Class dates: August 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 Class length: 7 hours Class size: 18 students maximum Tuition: $589 Prerequisites: None! Open to all high school students! This five-day course is an introduction to BATS-style improv meant for high schoolers of all skill levels. We’ll explore the foundational aspects of improv through games and scenework, focusing on core skills like spontaneity, character, status, physicality, and narrative. The class will end with a showcase that parents are invited to.  

In-Person: Intensive: True Fiction Magazine with Regina Saisi Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

August 11-14 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 4 sessions Class dates: August 11, 12, 13 & 14 Class length: 7 hours Class size: 14 students maximum Tuition: $460 Prerequisites: 2 years performing longform improv experience *This class requires Head of School approval. Please email bats@improv.org with a concise list of your improv experience*
If you’re looking for a workshop that will push your improv skills to the next level, this is the class for you. We’ll work on multiple narratives that go back and forth between stories. All the while you’ll be creating characters, wheres and using NEW AND EXCITING transitions, all in the aid of the narrative.
We’ll jump into the deep end quick so be prepared to sink and swim on what will feel like a roller coaster ride. You must be a good listener and a multi-tasker!

In-Person: Intensive: Improvising Star Trek with Ken Robertson Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST

August 15-17 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 3 sessions Class dates: August 15, 16 & 17 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 10 students maximum Tuition: $190 Prerequisites: Foundation 5 or longform experience *This class requires Head of School approval. Please email bats@improv.org to determine eligibility*
The Universe is calling!
Let the stars be your stage as you explore strange new improv worlds and boldly go into the ever expanding Star Trek universe loved by generations of humans,
You'll (spontaneously) create the extraordinary crew of a starship and the alien characters they'll encounter. you'll use technology from hundreds of years in the future. You'll create new stories in this vibrant, technicolor sci-fi genre loved by millions.
AND you'll have more fun than the Prime Directive allows for any sentient being from a class-M planet.
Ready to fly through the galaxy, "beam down" to undiscovered planets, and take your sci-fi improv to new heights?
Sign up now, before this class warps out of orbit.

In-Person: Intensive: Stage Combat and Intimacy with Rez Graham Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST

August 16 & 17 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 2 sessions Class dates: August 16 & 17 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 12 students maximum Tuition: $115 Prerequisites: Foundation 2 or equivalent *This class requires Head of School approval. Please email bats@improv.org to determine eligibility*

As we begin to create more believable characters and scenes, we start to explore the more extreme emotions that our characters can feel.  We need to be able to express those feelings as the characters in a way that is safe for everyone mentally, physically, and emotionally.  In the first half of the class, we delve into the techniques of stage combat, allowing us to give the illusion of violence in complete safety.  We cover hand-to-hand combat, various weapons (both real and imagined), and how to sell the illusion to the audience.  In the second half of the class, we move in the opposite direction and explore how to express intimacy on stage.  In our normal worlds, we live in physical bubbles that surround us. We examine techniques for breaking through those bubbles to give the impression that you and your scene partner are close friends, family, or lovers.  Throughout the entire class, we stress the importance of consent, checking in with your scene partner, and how to say no to anything you are uncomfortable with.

In-Person: Intensive: The Space In-Between:Improvising Nonlinear LongForm Stories Friday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

August 19-21 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 3 sessions Class dates: August 19, 20 & 21 Class length: 7 hours Class size: 12 students maximum Tuition: $365 Prerequisites: Improv performance experience *This class requires Head of School approval. Please email bats@improv.org to determine eligibility*

Traditional improv stories are told sequentially (beginning/middle/end) and include every step that is relevant (the couple meets, they fall in love, they are separated, they come back together). We are trained as improvisers to do the next most obvious thing: If someone mentions the party coming up, the next scene will be at that party. In this 3 day intensive we will explore what happens if we instead jump time (backwards or forwards) or space (to characters that we have not met) with the understanding that wherever we go will be connected to the rest of the story. This type of storytelling invites the audience to make more connections, to construct the story themselves and experience the story at a deeper level. During the class we will focus on making specific character, relationship and location choices and inhabiting the realities we are creating.

*The class ends with a showcase performance*

In-Person: Intensive: Status Games with Peter Chapman Monday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST

August 22 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 1 session Class dates: August 22 Class length: 7 hours Class size: 18 students maximum Tuition: $115 Prerequisites: Foundation 2 or equivalent *This class requires Head of School approval. Please email bats@improv.org with a concise list of your improv experience* Status is the subtextual language of power, authority, and respect. It’s a vocabulary that colors all our interactions that we’re often not aware of. When we become fluent in status, our improv scenes become both more realistic and colorful. In this status deep dive, we’ll play with the physical and verbal cues improvisers use to communicate status. Through games, exercise, and scenes, we’ll broaden the range of statuses we feel comfortable playing and refine our ability to use and pick up on subtle status cues. Expect to move and laugh a lot.

In-Person: Intensive: Improvising with Accents with Ken Robertson Tuesday & Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST

August 23 & 24 Ft. Mason Center Schedule: 2 sessions Class dates: August 23 & 24 Class length: 3 hours Class size: 12 students maximum Tuition: $115 Prerequisites: None! Open to all adults ages 18 & older! Nothing changes a character faster than a regional dialect  (aka "accents),  And in this class, you'll learn LOTS of different accents to spontaneously use in your scenes!
Accents dramatically expand your character range, and they’re an absolute necessity for many formats - Boat Court, Downton Abbey, Tennessee Williams, Hitchcock and Warp Speed (the Federation doesn’t recruit JUST from North America).  Explore British, cockney, Irish, Scottish, German, French, Italian, American Southern, and more!
You'll learn:
  • Accents from all around the world, their variations, and the specific sounds \ physical speech mechanics for each.
  • How to call up a particular accent on-the-spot, and how to keep your character's accent sharp throughout a performance.
  • How to put your new found accent skills into practice in improvised scenes and games.
It’s a verbal world tour that no improviser should miss!