“…talented and enthusiastic performers.” – The Austin Chronicle
“…that shit’s mad-impressive-pressure-awesome. And what they’re doing for the cultural development of our fair city shouldn’t go unnoticed.” – The Austinist
The ColdTowne Story
Coldtowne formed in March of 2005 from members of two Comedy Conservatory student teams in New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, a handful of ColdTowne’s original eight members fled to Austin, Texas, living together, begging for food together, and building a group mind that bordered on codependence. Performing at Austin’s Out of Bounds Improv Festival, Coldtowne established a new existence as relentless and adaptable performers come hell or high water. Since then, Coldtowne has performed long-form improv regularly at Austin’s Hideout Theater, won “Best Improv Group” in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, and opened its own theater and training center with members of The Frank Mills.
2015: +The Frank Mills
After 9 years of performing and teaching at the theater, ColdTowne asked The Frank Mills to join the owner and management team. Bringing decades of performance, teaching and management experience from the likes of Boom! Chicago – Amsterdam, The Second City (Chicago and Cleveland) and Improv Olympic (Chicago), The Frank Mills joined ColdTowne as official owners and managers in 2015, extending ColdTowne’s creative and professional reach.
ColdTowne is JAM BRED: Justin York, Arthur Simone, Michael Jastroch, Bob McNichol, Rachel Madorsky, Erika May McNichol and Dave Buckman. Most of their meetings involve cookies and dumb bits.