The Institution Theater

Making the Impossible Happen

Improv classes and off-beat theatre in Austin, TX

The Institution Theater is a fully operational school on Improvisation, Sketch Writing, and Comedic Acting with 8-week programs available for different levels of experience (listed below). In addition, we occasionally offer one-off classes with easier time commitments, taught by special guest instructors and with a more advanced focus of study. There are also the Free Improv Workshops that we host every two months. It’s the best and easiest way to get a taste of what improv and The Institution is all about.

FREE IMPROV WORKSHOPS with The Institution Theater

Ongoing Classes with The Institution Theater

With the most experienced staff in town, The Institution Theater is emerging as a leading school for people in and around Austin to study the Art of Improvisation, Sketch Writing and Comedic Acting. We guarantee a safe and supportive environment to let yourself be free and have fun.

At The Institution Theater our goal is to show our students that they already possess the skills and imagination, they just don‘t know it. Whether you're a classically trained actor or a complete beginner, we'll help you get rid of your fears and find your artistic voice so that you can express yourself in a fun, creative manner.

Improv 101: Self-Expression & Self-Empowerment — $125.00

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 characters with strong points of view. Whether your goal is to use improv as a tool for acting or a way to enhance your life, you will walk away with a sense of freedom and empowerment that only this art form can bring.

This Class Will Focus On:
- Creating Characters Spontaneously
- Making Bold Initiations
- Having Fun In The Moment

Mondays starting Aug 11 for 8 weeks with Jo Chauvin from 7:00pm – 9:30pm Register
Saturdays starting Aug 16 for 8 weeks with Jo Chauvin from 1:00pm – 3:30pm Register

Improv 201: Scene Dynamics and Forms — $195.00

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

This class is limited to 12 students.

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Wednesdays starting Aug 13 for 8 weeks with Sarah Marie Curry from 7:00pm – 9:30pm Register
Sundays starting Aug 17 for 8 weeks with Sarah Marie Curry from 1:00pm – 3:30pm Register

Improv 301: Group Connection and Play — $195.00

PREREQUISITE: MUST HAVE ALREADY TAKEN 201 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 aggressive and more playful while milking as much fun as you can in each and every moment.

This Class Will Focus On:
- Rapid Fire Scene Initiations
- Making Group Scenes Easy
- Editing Scenes
- Longform structure

This class is limited to 12 students.

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Tuesdays starting Aug 12 for 8 weeks with Asaf Ronen from 7:00pm – 9:30pm Register
Saturdays starting Aug 16 for 8 weeks with Asaf Ronen from 1:00pm – 3:30pm Register

Improv 401: Structure and Form — $195.00

PREREQUISITE: MUST HAVE ALREADY TAKEN 301 TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS CLASS

Learn to listen to the rhythms of scenes to develop new structures that have never been played. Along the way, the class will touch upon familiar forms such as the Harold, monoscenes, and storyboard before going completely freeform where students will be guided in pushing the boundaries. Learn about how stage isn't just the 7 inches of wood that we're standing on, but anywhere that the performance takes you.

This class is limited to 12 students.

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Mondays starting Aug 11 for 8 weeks with Clifton Highfield from 7:00pm – 9:30pm Register
Saturdays starting Aug 16 for 8 weeks with Clifton Highfield from 1:00pm – 3:30pm Register

Improv 501: Pump Up the Improv — $195.00

PREREQUISITE: MUST HAVE ALREADY TAKEN 401 TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS CLASS.

A continuation of the study of long form improv with emphasis on further development of themes, further exploration of game and learning to discover the structure along the way. While focusing on making the active choice, students will be asked to push themselves as they explore ways to maintain the truth and integrity of their scene while moving the narrative forward.

Save $15.00 with coupon code EarlyBird before Aug 2!

Wednesdays starting Aug 13 for 8 weeks with from 7:00pm – 9:30pm Register
Saturdays starting Aug 16 for 8 weeks with from 1:00pm – 3:30pm Register