Jul 19, 2018 - Dec 27, 2018

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, musicians and soapbox speakers, every night will be a completely different cornucopia of Austin’s most entertaining misfits and entertainers that would not fit in any other show. Did I mention that it’s free?


These Smokey Eyes Can't Lie - An Intimate Evening With Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018

What would happen if Sarah Huckabee Sanders turned one of her infamous White House Press Conferences into a one woman show complete with singing, dancing, and all of those sweet little intimate stories that show us how a sweet little girl from Arkansas can turn into Miss Fake Spews?! Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to find out as Tom Booker comes out of semi-retirement to perform his extravaganza, “These Smokey Eyes Can’t Lie – An Intimate Evening With Sarah Huckabee Sanders!”

See Sarah sing! See Sarah dance! See Sarah be the Sarah you’ve always wanted her to be!


Commercial Audition Workshop

Jul 21, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018

Tom Booker’s Commercial Audition Workshop $90 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 discuss and explore what acting and improv techniques can be used in the commercial audition process to make your auditions better, easier and more fun. Students will be taped during their auditions so the can see what they need to work on and how much their work has improved during the class.

The workshop will be taught by Tom Booker, who before founding The Institution Theatre in Austin, was an instructor at The Second City Training Center from 2001 to 2007. Tom Booker has been studying improvisation since 1986. As an actor that has booked more than 75 commercials (HEB, Golfsmith, AFLAC, Nike, Sprint, Off!, NBA, Pop Secret, etc., etc.) and has worked with directors like Michael Bay and Spike Jonze. As a director Tom Booker has directed many commercials, many award winning plays and a feature film that premiered at The Sundance Film Festival.

This workshop is limited to 7 students.


Student Showcase Shindig!

Jul 22, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018


Our improv students at The Institution Theater (aka Your Friends & Family!) have been working very hard in their improv classes to bring some more joy, light and laughter into the world! And now it’s time for them to “strut their stuff” on The Institution Theater stage! And you’re invited! And not only that, you’re invited to do something extremely easy! All you have to do is show up to our Student Showcase Shindig and watch! You’re lucky!

Join us at 6 pm to watch our Monday Improv 101 class, our Tuesday Improv 201 class and our Wednesday Improv 401 class perform! And our Saturday Improv 101 class and Sunday Improv 301 class will be performing at 8 pm! Again, all you have to do is show up, sit back, and laugh! You’re lucky!

AT THE 6PM SHOW Our Monday Improv 101 Class Taught & Directed by Jo Chauvin Featuring Jill Adams, Mieisha Bridgewater, Guthrie Bunn, Cameron Collins, Amie Darboe, Melissa Gabriel, Carmen Jones, Candace Lewis, Amy McJimsey, Narcisco Rodriguez, Lauren Ryan, Sameer Tharakan, and Uriel Torres!

Our Tuesday Improv 201 Class Taught & Directed by Tom Booker Featuring Deanna Bernal, Jenny Burch, Istvan Gulyas, Jack Kilduff, Justin King, Shea McJagger, Gail Papermaster, Erasmo Romero and Khani Zulu!

Our Wednesday Improv 401 Class Taught & Directed by Kendal Madison Featuring Eileen Alter, Judy Blackshear, Jared Borislow, Alex Buscemi, Jo Chauvin, Cora Crockett, Jake Goldman, Mariana Hansen, Denise Hudson, Jennifer McMurtry, Ryan Paul, Aaron Salinas, Chad Warren, Josh Winer!

AT THE 8 PM SHOW Our Saturday Improv 101 Class Taught & Directed by Jo Chauvin Featuring Adelina Longoria, Stephanie Lozos, Tyler Nash, Marcos Rivera, Devon Ryan, Jessica Torres, Imtiaz Uddin and Arnold Yu!

Our Sunday Improv 301 Class Taught & Directed by Tom Booker Featuring Paul Cook, Liza Dovgish, Martina Ohlhauser, Jocelyn Schwartz, Sasha Stadler, Rakan Stanbouly, Laramie Stroud, Alex Sylva, Shawna Thompson and GretchenWeihe!


Jul 29, 2018 - Aug 1, 2018

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, guaranteed.Fill out the information below to register for one of two separate workshops being offered this term. (It’s the exact same workshop being presented twice. You do not need to be available for both.)

Remember, everyone is welcome regardless of experience or skill level. You will learn a lot and you will laugh a lot.



Aug 5, 2018 - Dec 2, 2018

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 voices in your head? Then check into The Rubber Room every Sunday at 8 PM at The Institution Theater.

The Rubber Room begins with a no-pressure jam session where anyone can join in the fun and is led by one of The Institution’s own teachers. A simple theme will guide each week’s jam, and the teacher will ensure everyone who wants to will have a time to play in a safe, welcoming environment.

After the jam, stay for a 30-minute show put on by The Faculty, consisting of The Institution’s teachers. The Faculty Show will showcase and highlights the style of improv taught at the theater. Plus, it gives the faculty the opportunity to play together, which they love to do.

Then, stick around for The Institution Lottery, where you and up to three other people can join members of The Institution faculty on stage. The Institution’s is faculty made up of Tom Booker, Asaf Ronen, Sarah Marie Curry, Ted Meredith, Clifton Highfield, and Jo Chauvin (along with weekly guests) a varied group of improvisers that have made their mark around the country (and even the world for a couple of them). They’ll follow the basic tenet of “make the other people look good” if you’re lucky enough to join them on stage.

The Rubber Room, a safe place to bounce around new ideas every Sunday night at 8 PM at The Institution Theater. You’d be crazy to miss this.


Improv 201

Aug 6, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018

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
Stage Picture
Playing In Genres
Advanced Character Development

Improv 401

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM


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 learn the basics of Improv’s more common formats (Armando, La Ronde, Monoscene, The Movie) and discover how each utilizes the essential elements of improv that you’ve gained on your journey.

This Class Will Focus on:

Making Big Use of Tiny Inspirations
Navigating Longform Formats
Keeping Your Voice While Releasing Control

Improv 101

Aug 12, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018

For ages 18 & older only

This is where you fun filled improv journey begins! For eight weeks your improv teacher will guide you through a series of simple, gut busting, yet challenging improv games and exercises designed to show you how you can make yourself and other people laugh just by being you! This class will help you get over any stage fright you may have and have and before you know it you’ll be creating characters, funny moments and hilarious (and sometimes serious) scenes on the spot!

Everyone is happier when they’re being creative! And Improv is the “gateway drug” to creativity. Because all you need is you, your imagination and your willingness to have fun! And you’ll be having tons of fun as you see both yourself and your fellow classmates get better week after week. You’ll also soon discover that what you learn in this class will help you at work and at home!


Improv 501

Aug 12, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018


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 structure. This class will explore the classic harold structure and the position each improviser plays in a show. This class will give you the skills that you need to prepare for a future of ensemble based improv performances.


Improv 301

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 7:00 PM


In your Level 301 Class at The Institution Theater you will be introduced to exercises, improv games and fun actor tricks that will teach you how to create three dimensional characters and elaborate onstage environments on the spot! You will also learn how to take your past experiences and desires as well as what is going on in your life right now as inspiration for your scenes so that you can create scenes that have substance, meaning, and connect with the audience.

Austin Ladies Improv Jam

Aug 19, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018

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.


Stand-Up 101 (6-wk course)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7:00 PM

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 polished and ready to hit the stages of Austin and beyond.

This is a six-session class with a student showcase.

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