Location:

The Institution Theater
3708 Woodbury Drive

Price:

$15 ($10 for current Institution students using the code “StudentTicket”)

Erica Lies

February 19th

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Asaf Ronen

March 12th

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Kevin Miller

March 19th

4:00pm – 6:00pm

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.

February 19th

SIMPLIFY YOUR SCENES with Erica Lies

We’ve all been in that scene that starts out amazing and then flatlines or bottoms out after a couple minutes. Suddenly the laughter has stopped and your character has disappeared. And then: you start to invent. But what if that could be prevented by working less hard? This workshop will focus on simplifying your scene work by slowing down and using what you create at the top of the scene to fuel everything that comes after. We’ll do exercises that target emotion, listening & details, objectives, relationships, and that dirty dirty word: game.

ERICA LIES is a writer, improviser, and teacher in Austin. She’s been performing comedy for over a decade, having studied improv at Magnet Theater, Institution Theater, and ColdTowne Theater. She’s currently on the faculty of both the Institution and ColdTowne theaters. She has an extensive performance background and holds a BFA from West Virginia University and an MA from The University of Texas at Austin, both in theater. Erica is also a longtime story producer for Mortified Austin, and in 2014, she won the Institution Theater’s award for Favorite Female Performer.

March 12th

IMPROV DIAGNOSTICS with Asaf Ronen

No lesson plans. Instead, the focus is on pinpointing the individual improviser’s tendencies. Find out what your strengths are and where you could explore further. Working in a non-stop series of short, quick scenes, you will learn what your patterns are and how to break them through personalized challenges. Great for beginners who want to develop new skills and for professionals who want to keep fresh.

ASAF RONEN has been performing, directing and teaching improv for 26 years, mostly in New York City before moving to Austin 10 years ago and becoming the Education Director of The Institution Theater. He has written the book Directing Improv: Show the Way By Getting Out of the Way and taught in 29 states and four countries.

March 19th

PLAYING FROM THE WINGS with Kevin Miller

The side of the stage is one of the most powerful places to be in improv. If you watch a scene passively, it might die on the stage. But with the right entrance, line, or sound effect, you can make it truly great. Kevin Miller will teach you how to hone your instinct for an offer from the sidelines—know when to join the scene, when to stay off, and how to seamlessly become part of the show.

KEVIN MILLER has performed, coached, and taught improv in Austin, Texas for over 15 years and is Dean of the Merlin-Works Institute of Improvisation at ZACH Theatre. He has teaching experience around the US, and as far afield as Finland and Estonia. Kevin owns one dog, two cats, and 12 chickens.

Coming Soon

February 19th – TBA