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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Introductory Workshops

Online sessions:
Prerequisite: None
Schedule: one session
Class length: 2 hours
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: $35

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.

These workshops are a steal at $35 — you can treat yourself and a friend to an afternoon of fun, surprises, and big laughs for the price of a nice meal. These classes make great gifts!

Still on the fence? Here’s why you should study improv at BATS.

Intro to Improv

If you’ve ever been intrigued by improv and want to see what it’s all about, this one-time, fun introduction to improv is just for you! In this 3-hour workshop you’ll learn the basics of improvised theatre — spontaneity, playfulness, creativity, listening, storytelling, and more — through fun games and exercises. Our coaches create a safe, inviting environment for trying new things and taking a few risks. You’ll stretch your boundaries (just a bit, no pressure) while you meet some new people, explore improv’s life lessons, and generally have a great time.

Improv for Shy People

Signing up for an improv class may be the last thing on your mind if you consider yourself shy, but at BATS, learning improv is extremely safe and supportive. Introverted folks can especially benefit from improv skills such as spontaneity, flexibility, and social/emotional risk taking. Taught by coaches experienced in creating a comfortable, safe environment, this class introduces:

  • Presence under pressure.
  • Listening and building on ideas.
  • Meeting your inner critic and practicing the thinking that will foster connection.

You will experiment with stretching your boundaries (just a little, don’t worry) while you meet some new people, explore improv’s life lessons and have a great time. 

Upcoming Classes:

Improv for Shy People Online
Sunday, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Schedule: One session
Class date: October 11
Class length: 2 hours
Tuition: $35
Prerequisite: None - all adults 18 and over are welcome!



Jo McGinley

“This is the highest quality improv class I’ve found.”

– BATS Student

Start Improvising

Foundation 1

with John Remak
Saturdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm
October 3 – November 21, 2020

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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.