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Improv Level 02 (Tue)

$265

with Asaf Ronen

Calendar Aug 16, 2022 at 8 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 2: Scene work strategies
(proof of vaccination required)

Prerequisite: Must have taken an improv class at ColdTowne or elsewhere

Strengthen your two person scenes using characters, relationships, and finding & playing “The Game.”

Building on the fundamentals from Level 01, students will begin to practice skills and techniques that strengthen their scenes and characters. Concepts will be introduced to help create deeper characters and relationships more quickly, while keeping things fun! Students will learn how to identify patterns within their scenes to create “The Game”: the engine that drives comedy in an improvised scene or sketch. This class includes a student performance!

ASAF RONEN is the author of Directing Improv: Show the Way By Getting Out of the Way. He regularly performs, teaches and produces in Austin, was Education Director at The Institution Theater for eight years and is currently the Conservatory Director at ColdTowne Theater. He is also a Producer and Education Director of Austin’s annual Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. He has taught and performed improvisation in Canada, Great Britain, Norway and in twenty-eight of these United States with such groups as the B. Iden Payne Award winning Confidence Men (improvised plays in the style of David Mamet) and imp (mostly silent improv). He was also producer on TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, a documentary on legendary improvisers TJ & Dave that premiered at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival in 2009 and helped develop the improvised film Days of Delusion with director Scott Myers. In 1999, Asaf founded the improv website, YESand.com of which he is Editor-in-Chief.

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Improv Level 03 (Tue)
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Improv Level 03 (Tue)

$265

with Will Cleveland

Calendar Aug 16, 2022 at 8 pm, runs for 8 weeks

THIS IS LONGFORM: Group Mind and Advanced Scene Work
(proof of vaccination required)

Prequisite: must have taken a Level 2 improv class at ColdTowne

Strong group work, or “group mind,” is the focus of Level 3, where students take a deeper look at their scenework and begin to create shows that are more than just a montage of disconnected scenes. While continuing to strengthen and build on the lessons of past levels, various storytelling techniques and other skills are introduced to help students go from improvising a single scene to creating an entire longform improv show. This class includes a student performance!

WILL CLEVELAND brings 20 years of theatre experience into this class. He has served as Aritistic Director of ColdTowne since 2016 and trained in imporv and sketch writing at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He wrote and produced works for UCBComedy.com as well as produced for Above Average, Funny or Die, Official Comedy and more. His show "One Hour Til Air" recieved the B. Iden Payne award for best Improv Cast in 2019.

Improv Level 05 (Wed)

$265

with Anthony Ellison

Calendar Aug 17, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 5: Advanced Forms
(proof of vaccination required)

Prequisite: must have taken a Level 4 improv class at ColdTowne

Students will build upon their knowledge of the Harold by exploring other improv show formats and structures. These structures include The Deconstruction, Close Quarters, Spokane, and other popular forms. Through practice of these structures, students will hone their abilities while also gaining an understanding of the various parts and workings of an improv form. Understanding how to produce the kind of show you want to put up by creating your own form will be essential for the final level. This class includes a student performance!

ANTHONY ELLISON spent 9 years in Chicago writing, performing, teaching, etc. After dozens of sketch shows at Second City, Annoyance, CiC, he began to seek guidance in longer comedy within structure. He received an MFA in “The Art of Dramatic Structure”, and won the Scott McPherson Playwriting Award, while also directing for the OU Comedy Org - Black Sheep/Six to Midnight.  His plays have been produced in Chicago, NYC, Austin, Liverpool, Athens OH, Muncie IN, and a lot more.

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Improv Level 01 (Wed)

$265

with Amy Knop

Calendar Aug 17, 2022 at 8 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 1: Intro To Improv
(proof of vaccination required)

Spontaneity. Playfulness. Listening. Trust. Honesty.

Learn the basic fundamentals of improv comedy and meet cool new people in the process! Our courses are designed to help students unlock their inner creativity in a fun and supportive environment. Whether you want to learn more about the comedic process to become a better writer/actor/performer, or you just want to loosen up and improve your communication skills while becoming more comfortable in your own skin, the lessons of improv we teach work to build your confidence both on-stage and off. This class will teach you how to celebrate who you are and to find truth in comedy through a series of improv and acting exercises that focus on honesty, spontaneity, playfulness, and saying “yes, and.” Find out when the next classes begin by clicking register!

AMY KNOP (she/her) has been a prolific performer and producer of improv at ColdTowne since 2016, including as B. Iden Payne-nominated director of "My Own Worst Enemy", "It's Britney, Bitch", and producer of sold-out runs of "Angola," "Old Love," "The Rose," and more. She is a graduate of ColdTowne Conservatory and Advanced Studies programs and performs regularly with Prayer Circle Comedy (Denver Improv Fest, Dallas Comedy Festival, Big Little Comedy Fest). Amy has been in weekly cast for Sweet Lightning, Pioneers, and several ColdTowne mainstages, and a festival director of Austin Sketch Fest since 2019 (but most significantly, captain of the still-reigning champs of Improv Fantasy League, H-E-Bees 2018). She loves the ColdTowne community and wants to welcome you into it!

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Improv Level 06 (Wed)

$265

with Dave Buckman

Calendar Aug 17, 2022 at 8 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Create Your Own Show
(proof of vaccination required)

Prequisite: must have taken a Level 5 improv class at ColdTowne

In Level 6, you'll take everything you've been learning for the past year and apply it to creating and performing your class's own form. You'll also get a series of showcases at the theater that run concurrently with the class and culminate in a graduation show and ceremony. You get a certificate and everything!

DAVE BUCKMAN has directed, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After several years studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam for 2 years, where he was fortunate to work with and direct some of the funniest people working in television and web-based sketch comedy today. After Europe, Dave worked as a director and teacher at The Second City in Chicago. He has directed MainStage shows at ColdTowne: Bigfoot, the musical, Austin Translation, Barney Biller Dark Night, The Roast of St, Nick, Eye for an iPhone and Shanty Town Lake. The Second City: Who’s yer Baghdadi?” (Cleveland), World’s Gone Wild” (Touring Company) and Deficit Comedy Jam (Touring Company) Boom Chicago: Your Privacy is our Business, Europe, We’ve Created a Monster, The Future is Here and it is Slightly Annoying. In 2002, he directed “Boom Chicago: RockStars” only the second stage-swap with The Second City’s Main Stage in its 50 year history.

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Improv Level 01 (Sat)

$265

with Tauri Laws-Phillips

Calendar Aug 20, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 1: Intro To Improv
(proof of vaccination required)

Spontaneity. Playfulness. Listening. Trust. Honesty.

Learn the basic fundamentals of improv comedy and meet cool new people in the process! Our courses are designed to help students unlock their inner creativity in a fun and supportive environment. Whether you want to learn more about the comedic process to become a better writer/actor/performer, or you just want to loosen up and improve your communication skills while becoming more comfortable in your own skin, the lessons of improv we teach work to build your confidence both on-stage and off. This class will teach you how to celebrate who you are and to find truth in comedy through a series of improv and acting exercises that focus on honesty, spontaneity, playfulness, and saying “yes, and.” Find out when the next classes begin by clicking register!

TAURI LAWS-PHILLIPS is a co-creator and facilitator of ColdTowne’s unconscious bias and inclusivity training, which utilizes improvisation and emotional intelligence strategies to create supportive environments where people feel free to be their full and whole selves at work and everywhere. Tauri also teaches Improv at ColdTowne and is a member of B. Iden Payne award winning Improv Troupe, Damn Gina. She has been in ColdTowne Main Stage shows: Express Yourself, Title Fine, and Damn Gina: Night Watch.

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Sketch Level 02 (Tue)

$265

with Anthony Ellison

Calendar Aug 23, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Sketch 2: The Writers Room
(proof of vaccination required)

Prequisite: must have taken Sketch Level 01 at ColdTowne

In this 8-week class, you and your fellow writers will pitch your fresh sketch ideas and hold table reads of your drafts in a collaborative setting. This is a deeper dive into satire, parody, characters, and the absurd! You will finish this class with your completed sketch packet - an example portfolio of your sketch comedy writing. This class includes a reading / performance at the end of the eight weeks.

ANTHONY ELLISON spent 9 years in Chicago writing, performing, teaching, etc. After dozens of sketch shows at Second City, Annoyance, CiC, he began to seek guidance in longer comedy within structure. He received an MFA in “The Art of Dramatic Structure”, and won the Scott McPherson Playwriting Award, while also directing for the OU Comedy Org - Black Sheep/Six to Midnight.  His plays have been produced in Chicago, NYC, Austin, Liverpool, Athens OH, Muncie IN, and a lot more.

Embracing Your Improv Superpower

$120

with Nathan Sowell

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Proof of vaccination required.

Nathan Sowell has designed a 4-week course to assist you in identifying your improv strengths. Knowing your Improv Super Power can provide confidence onstage, as well as a clear direction on what skills you'd like to improve next. Through a mixture of guided play and crafted exercises, Nathan can help you get out of your head and start playing from your heart.

NATHAN SOWELL has been improvising for more than a decade and teaching almost as long. He has studied at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, ColdTowne Conservatory, and The Hideout which has provided him a well rounded improv education. Nathan is a beloved improv Teacher in the Austin Improv Community and has multiple teaching and coaching awards to back that claim up. You may have seen him in award winning ensembles such as Dinner for Six, Angola, and My Own Worst Enemy. He regularly plays with ColdTowne House Troupes Friends for Now and Kinkade.

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