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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Classes and Camps for Kids, Youth and Teens

 Join us online and Zoom into action as we come together to learn the art of improvisation! Improvise with students online (from all over the Bay Area and the  U.S.–maybe even the world!)! Practice your acting, storytelling and comedy skills by playing improv games, creating improv scenes, and learning improv formats online.

Get ready to act in a performance showcase where you have no clue what your part is and have to make it up as you go. If that idea makes you nervous and excited, then this week is for you! Invite your family and friends to watch you perform on the last day. 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Classes for Kids (Ages 5-8)

 

Improv Storytelling for Kids with Jenny Meyer Rosen

Class Time/Date: Tues and Thurs Afternoons – 4:15-4:45 pm
Schedule: 

2 Sessions: July 14 & 16
4 Sessions: August 4, 6, 11 & 13
4 Sessions: August 18, 20, 25 & 27

Class size: 12 students maximum
Class length: 30 minutes/ class
Prerequisites: Ages 5-8

Tuition:
$17.50 for 2 sessions or $10 to drop-in for 1 session
$35 for all 4 sessions or $10 to drop-in for 1 session!

Come together for drop-in storytime!  Explore telling stories, creating characters, and having a lot of fun twice a week with a veteran BATS Improv performer, coach, and early-childhood teaching artist.  In this interactive class, we will tell familiar stories, and make up new ones together!

Click Here to Register or July 14 and/or 16

Click Here to Register for August 4, 6, 11 and/or 13 

Click Here to Register for August 18, 20, 25, and/or 27

 

Class time: 9:30am – 1:30PM
Schedule:
5 daily sessions, Monday thru Friday, for one week
Class size: 16 students maximum 
Class length: 4 hours with a break from 11am – Noon (15 class hours total)
Pre-Requisites: Ages 11-13yo (rising middle school students)

Tuition: $275/week

 

July 20th – 24th, 2020: Zoomerang  with Arastoo Darakhshan  Click Here to Register and learn more

Are your kids craving a new experience that is fun, a great way to make friends, laugh out loud, enhance creativity, and builds confidence? If yes, then look no further than, Zoomerang! Arastoo Darakhshan brings his many years improvising and teaching with, Berkeley Improv to head a new online improv lass focusing on teaching kids the wonderful foundations of improv as well as fun games that showcases their talent! Kids will learn how to be spontaneous, creative, and supportive with a lot of laughs!

 

July 27th – 31st, 2020: Zoom Vroom with Staff (TBD)  Click Here to Register and learn more

 

 

Class time: 10am – 3PM 
Schedule:
5 daily sessions, Monday thru Friday, for one week
Class size: 16 students maximum 
Class length: 5 hours with a break from Noon – 1PM (20 class hours total)
Pre-Requisites: Ages 14-17 (rising high school students)

Tuition: $350/week

 

July 20th – 24th, 2020: Pulp Playhouse with Regina Saisi and Shara Tonn  Click Here to Register and learn more

In Pulp Playhouse, players will have the chance to explore the extremes of their imaginations, and we are hoping that it gets real weird!

A little background: in the early 20th century, magazines published wild and fantastical stories on cheaply printed “pulp” paper. These stories were eventually called “pulp fiction.” In the freedom provided by the magazine space, the authors plumbed their imaginations and ended up creating new genres like science fiction and hard-boiled detective stories. In this class, we will transfer that genre alchemy from the page to the screen. At the beginning, students will create their own wacky character who will become a narrator for one of the stories. Students will write short monologues for these characters, and then after that, it’s all improvised. There will be give and take between the narrator and the other players, and while we will look at some genre conventions, in the end, it’s all up to your imagination! This format was created by BATS alumnus Brian Lohmann

July 27th – 31st, 2020: Create Your Own Ensemble! with Shara Tonn Click Here to Register and learn more

In this class, we will explore creating a Zoom-specific improv format. None of us want to be doing improv on Zoom, and it can feel hard to translate the freewheeling feeling of improv to the screen. But what does the medium of Zoom offer that the stage cannot? What kinds of stories, expressions, physical movements, entrances and exits are engaging and surprising to watch? What kind of subtlety can the screen show us that the stage cannot? How do we inject the screen with the energy of presence? During this workshop, we will play, play, play, trying different things suggested by you and your ensemble. I don’t know the answers so let’s see what we come up with!

“I can’t remember when I’ve felt more comfortable to make a mistake or take a risk.”

– 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.