In-Person: To Play is the Thing with Carrie Caudle and David Boyll

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BATS Improv

Marina Blvd & Buchanan St

Fort Mason Center, Building B; 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94123

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BATS School of Improv (#22-09-3633)

About this event

Class Time/Dates: Saturday 11:30am-2:30pm, Sunday 1-4pm // September 10 & 11

Schedule: 2 sessions

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $129

Prerequisite: None! Open to all adults 18 years and older!

Location: Bayfront Theater at Fort Mason Center for the Arts


Long before “Yes, and…” there was “Give and Take” and “Follow the Follower”:

What we call improv today was born in the 1930s in Chicago at Neva Boyd’s Settlement House and later, the WPA Recreational Project, led by Viola Spolin. Starting in the 1970’s, Augusto Boal brought his transformative Theatre of the Oppressed work to his Brazilian homeland, Europe, and beyond…effectively mobilizing grassroots cultural activism. The goal of this workshop is to build on this classic foundation – to learn games, activate our bodies and our senses, and create experiences of ensemble play built on trust and complete openness.

This two day, multi-level workshop is designed for both the complete beginner and the seasoned improvisor / actor. With over 30 years of combined improv and acting experience, David and Carrie will channel their beginners’ mindset and guide players through discoveries as both individuals and as a group using Viola Spolin and Augusto Boal games and activities using active sidecoaching. As children, we all played games, allowing our imaginations and impulses to be let loose in the physical world. Let’s play together!


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 taking an in-person class 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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