Fuck, It's Christmas!

Dec 15, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018

A comedy sketch show about Christmas in Austin. With visits from Kendra Scott, Byrdman, and Uncle Teddy. Keep spirits high and forget about your winter woes with this hilarious holiday romp brought to you by the Institution Theater.

Saturday Nights in December at 8pm!


Student Showcase Shindig!

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Our Improv Student Showcase Shindig!

Our Improv Students Get A Chance To Strut Their Stuff!

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!Featuring the comedy stylings of these hilarious students:

Our Monday Improv 101 Class Taught & Directed by Jo Chauvin Kevin Castro, Alyssa Hagedorn, Charla Hathaway, David Herrera, Manjula Higgenbotham, Laura Musa, Jordania Nelson, Michal Robin, Rommel Rodriguez, Aimee Stead, Helena Riggins and Greg Tapper

Our Wednesday Improv 201 Class Taught & Directed by Tom Booker Neo Aguilar, Sierra Arnold, Beto Chapa, Hannah Cooper, John Harville, Sharon Harville, John Hyland, Darshan Patel, Samantha Selby, Clayton Smith, Dominic Stangl, and Miles Zander!

Our Tuesday Improv 301 Class Taught & Directed by Tom Booker Charlotte Bell, Tyler Nash, Lauren Ryan, Omid Sedaghatian, Sameer Tharakan, Jessica Torres and Uriel Torres


The Graduates

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Graduates

Come celebrate the final stage before we send our three graduation classes to improvise in the brave new world. Festivities will include tons of laughter, a toast or two, and a big ass cake! Please join us in this wonderful celebration! (It’s FREE!)

Our Tuesday Improv 401 Graduating Class Taught & Directed by Tom Booker Deanna Bernal, Jenny Burch, Istvan Gulyas, Jack Kilduff, Neal Ormsbee, Mo Romero and Rakan Stanbouly!

Our Sunday Improv 601 Graduating Class Taught & Directed by Tom Booker James Davidoff, Denise Hudson, Amanda McIntyre, Aaron Salinas, Gayle Stallings, Brittne Walker and David Wells!

Our Wednesday Improv 601 Graduating Class Taught & Directed by Ted Meredith Judy Blackshear, Jared Borislow, Alex Buscemi, Cora Crockett, Ira Freilich, Brad Geiger, Jacob Goldman, Jennifer McMurtry, Holli Sampson, Chad Warner and Josh Winer!



Dec 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?


Immigrants, The Musical! (Part Two)

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Free Improv Workshop

Jan 6, 2019 - Jan 9, 2019

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.



Jan 6, 2019 - Aug 4, 2019

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, January 7, 2019 - 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!


Improv 101

Jan 13, 2019 - Jan 16, 2019

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 201

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Form follows function in this class as you explore the connections between your smallest choices and the big picture your performance. This is the class where you’ll take everything that you’ve learned to take everything that you’ve learned in your first three improv class and put it all together!

You’ll feel the magic when you take what you’ve been taught and use your new found skills to create fun and exciting group scenes. And, while working as a group with your class, you’ll learn to perform The Montage – a series of scenes connected by a suggestion, by characters, or by a theme!

This class is limited to 12 students.

For ages 18 and older. You must have already taken Improv 301 at The Institution Theater 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 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

Stand-Up 101 (6-wk course)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 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.


Improv 301

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 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!

This class is limited to 12 students.

For ages 18 and older. You must have already taken Improv 201 at The Institution Theater to be eligible for this class.


Commercial Audition Workshop

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 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.

Austin Ladies Improv Jam

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 6:00 PM

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.

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