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 - Jun 3, 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!



SMILE MORE!

May 6, 2017 - Jul 1, 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



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STILL STANDING

Sat - May 27, 2017 - 8:00pm

STILL STANDING – Even more Stand-Up from the Theater that won’t go away easy!

The Institution Theater is still here and so is STILL STANDING! The theater that won’t go away presents another hilarious evening of stand up from comics that refuse to yield the stage to anyone! Hurry and catch this show while the doors to The Institution Theater… Read More



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This Is (Not) The Gayest Sketch Show You'll Ever See!

Jun 2, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017

Following their sold out run at ColdTowne Theater, the cast and crew of Martini Ranch is delighted to bring ‘This is (Not) the Gayest Show You’ll Ever See’ to The Institution for a limited run. The acclaimed sketch comedy show, directed by Second City alum Keith Horvath, skewers our community, our government, and our daily interactions in the… Read More



Improv101

IMPROV 101 (Jun-Jul 2017)

Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 10, 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



Improv301

IMPROV 301 (Jun-Jul 2017)

Jun 5, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017

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



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MAKE YOUR MOVIE NOW! (June 2017)

Tue - Jun 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

For ages 18 & older only

The goal of this class is to prepare the student with the knowledge and the tools that they need to easily write, produce, and direct their very own short film. This 8 week course will focus on script writing and development, the basics of film production and editing, and finding your directing style so that by the… Read More



Improv401

IMPROV 401 (Jun-Jul 2017)

Jun 6, 2017 - Jun 11, 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



Improv501

IMPROV 501 (Jun-Jul 2017)

Wed - Jun 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

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



Improv201

IMPROV 201 (Jun-Jul 2017)

Jun 7, 2017 - Jun 11, 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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Jokes OK Please

Fri - Jun 9, 2017 - 8:00pm

Why did the chicken cross the road? Because chicken tikka masala!

Come witness such naan-sense humor and more in this Hinglish stand up comedy show ‘Jokes Ok Please’

We bring you a bunch of comics to give you the funny in a language that’s English but not so much and fyi has also been recognized by the Oxford dictionary because chicken… Read More



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History Under The Influence with Physics Curse and Harlequin

Sat - Jun 10, 2017 - 8:00pm

Austin’s premiere drunken-history improv troupe returns to the Institution Theater for ONE NIGHT ONLY!! Come see a cast of sober improvisers do battle with a super-shit-faced narrator in History Under the Influence.

Also featuring two of Austin improv’s finest: Harlequin touches your heart and turns up the heat with an original and… Read More



Improv601

IMPROV 601 (Jun-Jul 2017)

Sun - Jun 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

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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IMMIGRANTS, THE MUSICAL!

Jun 16, 2017 - Jul 8, 2017

If you can’t stand the heat, beware of the melting pot.

Every immigrant story is different. The journey here, the confrontations, the communities that get formed, the many ways a name can get mispronounced, the homemade lunches that look different from every other kids school lunch. Every day is a story of their straddling that line between… Read More



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