Whiteboard

HIGHLY SUGGESTIBLE

Feb 14, 2015 - Jul 8, 2017

Whiteboard is totally dependent on YOU, the AUDIENCE! Before the show begins a BLANK whiteboard will be on stage and it is YOUR job to fill it up. You can draw pictures, write poetry, words, phrases, numbers – anything that inspires you!

Hopefully, the whiteboard inspires the improvisors as well who will launch into an high-energy, fast-paced… Read More



Smilemore

SMILE MORE!

Apr 2, 2016 - May 6, 2017

Smile More! is the feminist standup comedy show that’ll have the audience smiling, but not because some random dude on the street suggested it.

Austin’s most unapologetically funny women break through the glass microphone to deliver big laughs. Period. Valerie Nies hosts a curated night of comedy from a combination of veteran and beginner… Read More



Lgbtq

LAUGH OUT PROUD

Apr 16, 2016 - Jul 15, 2017

Whether you’re straight, LGBTTQACIP and/or whatever else you want to label yourself, it’s time to enjoy the comedy stylings of these up and coming LGBTQ comics. Everyone included, no one excluded. We’re here to cheer for all the straights and queers. But mostly the queers. And maybe after, buy them beers.



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RUBBER ROOM

Apr 17, 2016 - Jul 16, 2017

Does getting on stage drive you mad? Is this idea of jumping in front of a crowd of people with no idea what you’ll say an insane idea? Would you find it crazy to join seasoned professionals at creating characters and making up stories on the spot?

Is this the kind of crazy you find irresistible or are you looking for new outlets for the many… Read More



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FREE WORKSHOPS

May 22, 2016 - Aug 13, 2017

For ages 18 & older only The Institution Theater prides itself on its improv experience and here is your chance to check out what we mean COMPLETELY FREE.Led by Institution Theater Instructors who have almost 50 years of combined experience in the Art of Improvisation, you will learn improv basics, meet cool new people, and have tremendous fun,... Read More



Grandmasterclass

GRANDMASTER CLASS

Oct 23, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017

Grandmaster Class – Sample Austin’s Boldest Voices

The Institution Theater is part of a vibrant and talented improv community that is rising up. So we’re hosting crossover one-time workshops featuring the best voices from throughout Austin and beyond, looped in to teach what they are most passionate about.



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THE GRADUATES

Thu - Mar 16, 2017 - 8:00pm

Come celebrate the final stage before we send our 601s to improvise in the brave new world. Festivities will be led by Tom “Pomp” Booker, Asaf “Circumstance” Ronen and the instructors who helped get them there. Also, there will be cake!



Commercial Audition Workshop

Jul 9, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017

Tom Booker’s Commercial Audition Workshop $90 / $80 for Currently Registered Institution Students (Use discount code InstitutionStudent)

This class will teach you how to use your acting experience and training to improve your audition skills. We will go through a series of different types of auditions and review your work on video and… Read More



The Austin Ladies Improv Jam

Jul 9, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017

The Austin Ladies-only Improv Jam welcomes female and female identifying improvisors from all over the Austin improv community and beyond All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to participate.



Improv201

IMPROV 201 (Aug-Oct 2017)

Jul 20, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017

Scene Dynamics & Forms

For ages 18 & older only

All improv scenes are about the dynamics between its characters. You’ll learn how the simplest moves can develop into fun and complex relationships. Those relationships develop into stories. Those stories into a fully fleshed out world.

This Class Will Focus On:

Emotional Range
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INDIE NIGHT

Thu - Aug 3, 2017 - 8:00am

Indie night is where a rag tag team of improvisors from across the Austin comedy scene, many whom have never played together before, are thrown together under a coach to create a show that will will never be seen again.



Fuckhot

Fuck, It's Hot! 2017

Aug 4, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017

The only thing that doesn’t change for Austin is how united we are in grumbling about the heat index. California may move in. Historic landmarks may get torn down. Our summers will continue to be ushered in by the clarion call of “Fuck, It’s Hot.” The Institution Theater agrees and expands on all the love/hate relationships we have with our… Read More



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Directing Improv

Sat - Aug 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

For ages 18 & older only

Improv might be the most challenging of the performing arts for a director to skillfully mold his cast, and this class will show you how to get the most out of your improvisers whether in a class or a rehearsal. Techniques for creating lesson plans, orchestrating rehearsals, and giving notes will be explored…. Read More



Brently

Stand-Up Class (1-night)

Mon - Aug 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

This workshop is perfect for the student that has rarely or never done any stand up comedy at all. No pre-written material is necessary. This is a time to discover and strengthen your unique comedy voice and learn new comedy skills. If any of this terrifies and excites you, then this is the class for you. This is a safe, constructive environment… Read More



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ANYTHING LIVE!

Aug 10, 2017 - Aug 24, 2017

You’re time is too valuable for one type of entertainment. You want it all, one after the other: Shakespearean puppets, dramatic readings of Yelp reviews, improvised horror stories and whatever else people can fit into their limited time slots. Because we have Netflix and it doesn’t take much before we move on.

Stand-ups and wrestlers,... Read More



Brently

Stand-Up (6-Week)

Mon - Aug 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

This is the first step to really developing the writing that will fit your individual voice. There is no rubber stamped style and everyone is unique. Learn techniques to kick start the writing process and avoid many common pitfalls of stand up writing and delivery. The goal of this class is to develop a 5 to 10 minute stand up set that is… Read More



Improv401

IMPROV 401 (Aug-Oct 2017)

Aug 14, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017

Awareness & Focus

FOR AGES 18 & OLDER. MUST HAVE ALREADY TAKEN 301 AT THE INSTITUTION TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS CLASS.

Form follows function in this class as you explore the connections between your smallest choices and the big picture. Crack open some improv chakras, flap some butterfly wings, take the red pill and use the force. You’ll… Read More



Improv101

IMPROV 101 (Aug-Oct 2017)

Aug 15, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017

Self-Expression & Self-Empowerment

For ages 18 & older only

You are capable of more creativity than you realize. This class helps you let loose and get around the fears that might get in your way. Through acting exercises and improv games played in a safe and fun environment, you’ll learn to spontaneously create great improvised scenes and… Read More



Improv501

IMPROV 501 (Aug-Oct 2017)

Aug 15, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017

Pattern & Rhythm

FOR AGES 18 & OLDER. MUST HAVE ALREADY TAKEN 401 AT THE INSTITUTION TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS CLASS.

Learn to listen to the rhythms of scenes to develop new structures that have never been played before. Learn to trust the moment and the ensemble as you explore, heighten, and blend scenes into a unique performance ready… Read More



Improv301

IMPROV 301 (Aug-Oct 2017)

Wed - Aug 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Group Connection & Play

FOR AGES 18 & OLDER. MUST HAVE ALREADY TAKEN 201 AT THE INSTITUTION TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS CLASS.

Step into advanced scene work and the beginnings of longform structure. This class will break every convention and create some new ones along the way. You will learn tactics that will make you simultaneously more… Read More



Improv601

IMPROV 601 (Aug-Oct 2017)

Wed - Aug 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Formless Form

FOR AGES 18 & OLDER. MUST HAVE ALREADY TAKEN 501 AT THE INSTITUTION TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS CLASS.

This is the graduation level of The Institution program where the students creative instincts are pushed further than ever before. The emphasis is on melting any remaining boundaries of stage, content, and structure to create… Read More



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