BATS Improv is the 2013 OCIC Award Winner!
The San Francisco Improv Festival is proud to have awarded BATS Improv the 2013 OCIC Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Improv Community.
We honor BATS for their commitment, perseverance, and their anchor role in keeping improvisation rooted and vibrant in San Francisco for over 25 years. From classes to shows to corporate work and the groups that have sprung from their ranks (from both cast and students), BATS Improv has served as a singular, constant light in San Francisco improv. For that we are all indebted to them for their efforts and consistently excellent work.
In their 27th year (at the time of their award), BATS Improv is the largest and longest-running Improv Theatre and School in Northern California.
BATS Improv is a non-profit comedy theatre that continues to sustain a vibrant, growing community in the Bay Area. The award winning company performs shows every weekend at their very own theater in Fort Mason, San Francisco.
BATS-style improv is “theatre that tells a story collaboratively”. The BATS training center offers improv classes year-round designed for students at all levels from beginning to advanced. Thousands of people, young and old, and from all over the world, have studied improv in BATS workshops and enjoyed their shows.
BATS also serves the community through their Youth Performance Series program which gives free performances and workshops to Bay Area high school students, as well as through their program Laughing Stock, a series of free improv classes for those living with HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, Cancer and other chronic, life-threatening illnesses they have run for over a decade.
Through spreading the art of improv and instilling it in thousands of people throughout the years, they are our 2013 OCIC Award Recipients. We offer them this award, our congratulations, and our warmest wishes that they continue doing what they do for many years to come.
The OCIC Award is presented yearly by the SF Improv Festival to individuals or groups who have tirelessly contributed to the growth and well-being of the San Francisco Bay Area improv community through their work and spirit both on and off stage.