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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Join BATS School of Improv through our specialized training that covers the ingredients of a strong improvisor – basics, character, relationship, environment, acting, storytelling and performance – and then takes you through sustained scene study or performance lab to hone ongoing performance skills with an ensemble. The trajectory is personalized with strong coach feedback along the way so you know just what your strengths and areas for improvement are.

 

At the BATS School of Improv, San Francisco’s largest and most respected improv training center, you’ll learn the craft of improvisation, BATS-style — listening, paying attention, storytelling, status, spontaneity, and making your partner look good.

Improv skills are life skills. Whatever your experience, background, or training, everyone can benefit from studying improv. Still not convinced? Here’s why you should study improv at BATS.

Below are a list of all our current classes on offer. To learn more about our curriculum and which class is right for you, click here. To learn more about any level or class, click on the heading below.

Have more questions? Drop in during office hours with our Head of School. Office hours start Tuesday September 14th and will be held online, every Tuesday from 3:00-5:00pm PST. Click Here to join Online Office Hours

Office Hours are a great time to:
-Chat about classes
-Give feedback and ideas
-Ask questions
-Or just talk about improv in general

 


Introductory Workshops

For people with limited time/resources or who aren’t sure improv is for them, we have developed two dip-your-toe-in-the-water introductory workshops. In these 2-hour classes, students use games and exercises to explore the basic concepts and skills of improvised theatre. And after you’ve had a taste, you may very well want the complete improv experience in Foundation 1, our 8-week beginner class, which more fully covers the material.

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Foundational Series Classes

Foundation 1 – Mindset & Skillset

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Foundation 2 – Movement & Story

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Foundation 3 – Character & Relationship

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We don't have any Foundation 3 – Character & Relationship classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.

Foundation 4 – Scenework & Acting Skills

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We don't have any Foundation 4 – Scenework & Acting Skills classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.

Foundation 5 – Narrative

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We don't have any Foundation 5 – Narrative classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.

Foundation 6 – Performance Showcase

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We don't have any Foundation 6 – Performance Showcase classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.


The Improv Gym

In this ongoing class students hone their improv and acting skills and narrative storytelling.

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Performance Labs

Ongoing Performance Labs take a small group approach as students hone their performance skills at various levels.

Beginning Performance Lab (Theatresports)

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Intermediate Performance Lab (Theatresports & Narrative)

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We don't have any Intermediate Performance Lab (Theatresports & Narrative) classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.

Advanced Performance Lab (Longform Narrative)

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We don't have any Advanced Performance Lab (Longform Narrative) classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.


Specialty

Specialty classes give you more opportunities to play and have fun while deepening your improv knowledge.

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Learn @ Work

Learn @ Work  is our Applied Improv offering for individuals.

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We don't have any Learn @ Work classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.


Summer Sessions

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

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We don't have any Summer Sessions classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.


Kids, Youth & Teen Classes

Classes for the under-18s!

Kids Classes

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We don't have any Kids Classes classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.

Youth Classes

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We don't have any Youth Classes classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.

Teen Classes

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We don't have any Teen Classes classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.


Youth Summer

Youth summer classes

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We don't have any Youth Summer classes currently scheduled, check back soon or email the Head of School if you are interested in taking this class.