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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Studio & Performance Level

The Studio & Performance Level tracks are where students progressively build their scenework and performance skills. Our core curriculum classes are Studio Scene Work and the Performance Series (Performance 1, 2, & 3) after which students can progress to Intermediate or Advanced genre work and other specialty classes.

Studio Scene Work

In Studio Scene Work students hone their improv skills and narrative storytelling.

Students will learn:
  • Identifying the basic information of the scene.Who are these characters, how do they know each other, where are they, and why are they there?
  • Embodying the basic information of the scene.How can we as actors, shift our body, face, voice, and imagination to establish and support the world we are creating.
  • Scene structure:including how to effectively start and end scenes, and how to build momentum in the middle.

Studio Scene Work is ongoing and students may continue monthly until their coach feels they are ready for Beginning Performance Level. If the student has no desire to perform they may continue their learning and growth in the personalized safe and creative atmosphere of Studio Scene Work.

ONGOING Studio Scene Work means there is no set end date and students are encouraged to make the class their home base of improv.

In the ongoing classes, students work with the same coach for an extended period of time. This helps them deepen their work and focus on individualized challenges. The coach has individual progress in mind as they advance the class and tailor it to the needs at hand. Subsequent coaches come in that bring specific skills to the ensemble.

Upcoming Studio Scene Work Classes:

  • 4-Week Studio Scene Work – with Mark Duncanson (#20-10-3271)


Studio Specialty

Studio Specialty classes offer an in-depth exploration of a variety of skills to strengthen scene work. Past classes have included character, acting, genres, where, voice, and stage presence.

Upcoming Studio Specialty Classes:

No Studio Specialty classes are currently available, please check back soon.


Beginning Performance

Our Beginning Performance Lab is designed for students who want to learn the basics of improv performance.

This lab provides ongoing training that includes core performance techniques taught through the lens of short-form and a variety of narrative styles. When the class is ready, “in class” performances for family and friends will be scheduled. Coach approval required to move into Intermediate Performance.

Upcoming Beginning Performance Classes:

  • Performance Specialty: Eavesdropping Intensive with Rebecca Stockley (#20-10-3266)
  • Beginning Performance Lab Online (#21-01-3276)


Intermediate Performance

Building on Beginning Performance Lab, This level offers more advanced opportunities to perform and explore a variety of short-form, narrative, and genre formats.

Shows are developed and rehearsed and are scheduled on Sundays. Coach approval required to move into Advanced Performance.

Upcoming Intermediate Performance Classes:

  • Intermediate Performance Lab Online (#21-01-3275)


Advanced Performance

The Advanced Performance Lab is for improvisers with performance experience and good improv and acting skills.

Working with a coach and a group of experienced improvisers, they explore and perform a variety of improv formats including genre narrative. Since this is a Lab there will be opportunities to co-create new shows as an ensemble and perform on Fridays or Saturdays before BATS Primetime Company shows.

Upcoming Advanced Performance Classes:

  • Advanced Performance Lab Online (#21-01-3274)



“Amazing. Makes you see and feel part of the creative process.”

– Audience member

Theatresports: Centaur (3:25)
Improvised live at BATS


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