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ColdTowne Teen Improv Intensive

  • Austin, TX
  • Camp Type: Day, Family, Adult
  • Age of Campers: 13 - 18
  • Gender of Campers: Coed

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The intensive will introduce the principles of theatrical and comedic improvisation by use of group exercises, scene study, and theater games.  Students will be led through the fundamentals of teamwork, listening skills, character, environment, and relationship development and will be encouraged to find their own unique voice as a performer and person.  In this respectful and relaxed environment, students’ creativity and confidence will be expanded and nourished.


About ColdTowne:

ColdTowne Conservatory is run by the members of ColdTowne, a long-form improv group formed in 2005 in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, ColdTowne relocated to Austin, where it has since established itself as one of the hardest-working improv groups in the country, performing at festivals nationwide and garnering Best Improv Group honors in the Austin Chronicle's 2006 Readers Poll, Best Comedy Group in the 2007 Readers Poll and Best Improvisational Ensemble at the 2007 B. Iden Payne awards. In addition to ColdTowne Conservatory, which offers multilevel courses of study in improv, sketch, and standup comedy, the group also owns and operates ColdTowne Theater, which showcases live comedy three nights a week.


About Long-form Improvisation:

Long-form improvisation is uniquely suited to the interests and aspirations of young actors. Unlike short-form (the game-heavy format featured on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"), long-form focuses on ensemble playing, grounded scenework, and the creation of a thematically unified piece of comic theater, resulting in a much richer experience for both players and audience. A performance typically involves two to ten performers working from an audience suggestion to create a series of interconnected scenes. The end result might be multiple interconnected storylines or a collection of scenarios linked more by theme than narrative. The possibilities are endless in that all the material is completely improvised on the spot, reflecting the strengths and preferences of the players involved.

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