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Improv Level 02 (Mon)

$265

with Heidi Rogers

Calendar Jun 13, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 2: Scene Work Strategies
(proof of vaccination required)

Note: the July 4th class will instead be on Wednesday, July 6th at 6pm

Prequisite: 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 1, 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 and to keep things fun. Students will learn how to identify patterns or “games” within a scene (or character) as well as how to create rich environments by performing good object work. Various longform techniques will be covered, such as edits, walk-ons, tag-outs, group scenes, and other tools to help students become more comfortable performing scenes and improvising in front of an audience for their first performance. This class includes a student performance!

HEIDI ROGERS is based in Austin, TX, and hasbeen performing improv for over 10 years.  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 ColdTowme student community. When not improvising Heidi enjoys game nights with friends, watching movie at Alamo Drafthouse, spending time outside and ample snuggles with her dog Leo.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $53.75, paid weekly.

Improv Level 04 (Mon)

$265

with Will Cleveland

Calendar Jun 13, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 4: The Harold
(proof of vaccination required)

Note: the July 4th class will instead be on Tuesday, July 5th at 6pm

Prequisite: must have taken a Level 3 improv class at ColdTowne

If Chicago-style improv were music, The Harold would be the twelve-bar blues, the language that’s shared by all improvisers in this tradition. In addition to being a challenging and rewarding form in itself, The Harold is also a great teaching tool, and the skills learned in mastering it are applicable to almost every other form of improv. This level builds on and challenges all of the skills the students have learned up to this point. Students weave together multiple story lines and characters to create shows that are each a unique tapestry spun from what has come before. This class includes a student performance.

WILL CLEVELAND brings 20 years of theatre experience into his 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.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $53.75, paid weekly.

Improv Level 03 (Mon)

$265

with Drew Wesely

Calendar Jun 13, 2022 at 8 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 3: This is Longform
(proof of vaccination required)

Note: the July 4th class will instead be on Wednesday, July 6th at 8pm

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

Group Mind and Advanced Scene Work

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!

DREW WESELY graduated from ColdTowne Conservatory in 2008, started as a Teacher’s Assistant in 2011, and became an improv teacher in 2015. He graduated from ColdTowne Conservatory’s Advanced Graduate Improv Studies program in 2016. He hosted the ColdTowne Theater monthly improv jam, and currently hosts his independently operated weekly drop-in improv class/jam. Instructors from UCB, iO, The Annoyance and The New Movement have either coached or taught him in classes or workshops.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $53.75, paid weekly.

Improv Level 05 (Mon)

$265

with Will Cleveland

Calendar Jun 13, 2022 at 8 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 5: Advanced Forms
(proof of vaccination required)

Note: the July 4th class will instead be on Tuesday, July 5th at 8pm

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!

WILL CLEVELAND brings 20 years of theatre experience into his 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.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $53.75, paid weekly.

Improv Level 03 (Tue)

$265

with Anthony Ellison

Calendar Jun 14, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 3: This is Longform
(proof of vaccination required)

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

Group Mind and Advanced Scene Work

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!

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.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $53.75, paid weekly.

Improv Level 01 (Tue)

$265

with Amy Knop

Calendar Jun 14, 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!

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $53.75, paid weekly.

Improv Level 02 (Tue)

$265

with Drew Wesely

Calendar Jun 14, 2022 at 8 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 2: Scene Work Strategies
(proof of vaccination required)

Prequisite: 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 1, 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 and to keep things fun. Students will learn how to identify patterns or “games” within a scene (or character) as well as how to create rich environments by performing good object work. Various longform techniques will be covered, such as edits, walk-ons, tag-outs, group scenes, and other tools to help students become more comfortable performing scenes and improvising in front of an audience for their first performance. This class includes a student performance!

DREW WESELY graduated from ColdTowne Conservatory in 2008, started as a Teacher’s Assistant in 2011, and became an improv teacher in 2015. He graduated from ColdTowne Conservatory’s Advanced Graduate Improv Studies program in 2016. He hosted the ColdTowne Theater monthly improv jam, and currently hosts his independently operated weekly drop-in improv class/jam. Instructors from UCB, iO, The Annoyance and The New Movement have either coached or taught him in classes or workshops.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $53.75, paid weekly.

Improv Level 03 (Wed)

$265

with Anthony Ellison

Calendar Jun 15, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Level 3: This is Longform
(proof of vaccination required)

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

Group Mind and Advanced Scene Work

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!

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.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 4 payments of $53.75, paid weekly.




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