In-Person: Intensive: Stage Combat and Intimacy with Rez Graham

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BATS Improv

Marina Blvd & Buchanan St

Fort Mason Center, Building B; 3rd Floor

San Francisco, 94123

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BATS School of Improv (#22-08-3610)

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Class Time/Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm PST // August 16 & 17

Schedule: 2 sessions

Class length: 3 hours (6 hours total)

Class size: 12 students maximum

Prerequisite: Foundation 2 or equivalent

**This class requires Head of School or Coach approval. Please email with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility.

Tuition: $115

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.


We have community standards, a conflict process, and a COVID prevention policy in place. Agreement/acceptance of these policies is required to participate in BATS classes. Please use the links above to access and read these policies, and check the boxes during registration to indicate your agreement/confirmation.

**All students are required to provide proof of vaccination and booster (if eligible) before the first day of class. You will receive an email from shortly after registration with a link to do so. Please do this ASAP.

(If you are participating in a virtual class and do not meet the vaccination requirements for attending an in-person event, you are still in compliance with the policy because you are not attending in-person events.)


BATS Improv Class Refund Policy

  • If you cancel more than 96 hours (4 days) before a class begins, we will refund your tuition less a 15% processing fee. 
  • If you cancel within 96 hours (4 days) of your first class,  or any time after your first class session, your tuition will be forfeit.

In the event that we cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment, we’ll refund your tuition in full.

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