Sep 20, 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?



Oct 7, 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.


Intro To Stand Up Comedy Workshop

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 7:00 PM

This workshop is perfect for the person that has rarely or never done any stand-up at all. No pre-written material is necessary (this is for improvisers after all). This is the time to discover and strengthen you unique comedy voice and learn new skills that can only enhance your improv. If any of this terrifies and excites you, then this is the class for you. This is a safe, constructive environment and bottom line, is a lot of fun!


Virgin Territory

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Helmed and hosted by our professor of stand-up, Valerie Nies, we’re rolling out the Austin Improv Community’s newest additions to the Austin stand-up pool. Come support as these budding talents venture their craft into previously uncharted waters.

And be ready to laugh!

Featuring The Comedy Stylings Of: Ayman Al-Abdullah Andrew Bays Ray Combs Vicki Culberson Erin Kessler Samantha Lopez Timothy McMurtrie Jennifer Ostrich Ehsan Valizadeh

And hosted by Valerie Nies!

Free Improv Workshop

Oct 13, 2018 - Oct 15, 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.

Austin Ladies Improv Jam

Oct 21, 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.


Improv 101

Oct 27, 2018 - Oct 29, 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!


Commercial Audition Workshop

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:30 AM

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.


Stand-Up 101 (6-wk course)

Tuesday, November 6, 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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