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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 (#22-07-3598)

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Class Time/Dates: Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm PST// July 16

Schedule: 1 session

Class length: 3 hours

Class size: 16 students maximum

Tuition: $54

Prerequisite: F3 or equivalent

*Email to confirm eligibility*

Location: Bayfront Theater at Fort Mason Center for the Arts

Transitions, both within and between scenes, are one of the truly magical aspects of long-form improvisation. Experiment with them, combine them, discover your own! As with all space object and “where” work, the key is to take your time with what you’re doing, and observe what your partners are doing. Slow down! Taking your time makes things easier to read, and also expands your options.

In this class, we’ll explore:

  • lights and music as transitions
  • entrances and exits (energy, stage position, the push/pull of comings and goings, etc.)
  • scene start options
  • making other people “appear” without prolonged stage set-up
  • cross-in-front/wipe
  • instant on-stage location changes
  • instant on-stage character changes
  • tapping in/out to play new or established characters
  • playing multiple characters
  • character switching, pacing and proximity
  • split focus (basic and advanced)
  • flashback/forward with possible simultaneous dialogue/narration
  • montages
  • close-up/longshot


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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