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Character Lab


with Heidi Rogers

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Prerequisite: Level 3 or higher in an established improv school.

Let’s experiment. Let’s play. Let’s explore all the potential characters that live inside of you. Through physicality, voice, and all the other available tools, you’ll learn how to get into character more quickly and more intensely. You’ll broaden your range of characters and see how to make them stick around for the whole scene.

HEIDI ROGERS is based in Austin, TX, and has been performing improv for over 10 years. In addition to performing in over 25 mainstage shows in Austin, Heidi has performed at improv festivals around the country including UCB's Del Close Marathon (New York City), Improvaganza (Honolulu, HI), New South Comedy Festival (Greenville, SC), Improv Fest Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK), Big Little Comedy Fest (San Antonio, TX) and Out of Bounds (Austin, TX). Heidi’s favorite part of improv is creating rich, unique characters with a myriad of voices and accents. She is passionate about teaching improv and sharing her performance experience with the ColdTowne student community. When not improvising Heidi enjoys game nights with friends, watching movies at Alamo Drafthouse, spending time outside and ample snuggles with her dog Leo.

Playing Slow to Play Fast


with Kenny Madison

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 8 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Prerequisite: Level 3 or higher in an established improv school.

If you're an anxious improviser, this class is for you. In this four week class, we're going to slow down your brain so you can speed up your play. Kenny Madison will be giving you tactics, shortcuts, and straight up lazy hack moves that will make you look like you’re confident (without even needing to be!)

All the while, we'll be unlocking the note of what it means to slow down and listen to your fellow players. It's not rocket science – it's just getting out of your own way, noticing the choices you’re already making, and doing it on stage. If it sounds simple, it is. But you just don't know it yet.

KENNY MADISON has been doing improv for 15 years and coaching/teaching for 8 of those years. He currently teaches at Hideout Theatre and has done mainstages at Coldtowne, Hideout, Fallout, and directed 3 shows at The Institution Theater (RIP). In 2024, he directed "What Next?" for FronteraFest's Free Fringe with Gloria Rabil. That made it into Best of Week, which is pretty cool. With Heidi Rogers, he performs as one-half of Kenny/Rogers, which was accepted into the Del Close Marathon in 2018 and tours whenever they can. They currently have a monthly show as the hosts/producers of the After Dark LIVE Adult Comedy Show in Austin.

Whenever he is not keeping busy with that, he's 1/3 of Lasso Cast, a Ted Lasso podcast where he talks with critics, crew, and castmembers from the Emmy Award winning show Ted Lasso. And he also co-hosts the Trek Wars Podcast, which goes through both Star Trek and Star Wars in chronological release order.

When he's not doing any of that, he sleeps.


Real Scenes


with Clifton Highfield

Calendar Apr 24, 2024 at 8 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Prerequisite: Level 3 or higher in an established improv school or theatrical experience.

Make improv easy again by slowing down and letting your imagination do the work for you. Play the moment honestly by noticing what the scene is already offering. Practice sustaining the scene and heightening with agreement, listening, and grounded active choices. Make moments matter by applying emotional stakes.

CLIFTON HIGHFIELD has been teaching in Austin for over a decade and has studied comedy in Chicago at Improv Olympic, in Los Angeles at iO West, and at UCB LA. Clifton has performed in over a thousand shows and taught hundreds of students at various theaters, festivals, comedy clubs, schools, and workplaces across the US and has international performance and teaching experience from Canada and Australia. Clifton is currently a Faculty Instructor at The Fallout Theater.He recently performed in Sextet at Coldtowne Theater and currently on Harold nights with Captain January. Clifton will be a special guest performer with Glitter Witch at The Hideout Theater Fridays in May.


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