i-TXFG9jt“I have a problem with overthinking my improv. Dave and Michael were able to identify this quickly and offered me consistent feedback, tools and challenges to help me get to the next level. It’s honestly lessons that have helped me outside of improv. I’d recommend this program to anybody who is ready to work hard on improving themselves.” – Kevin Anderson


 “As it had been a few years since completing improv classes, I was eager to keep learning and growing as an improviser – and I got more than I ever expected from Michael and Dave in the advanced classes. The final self-produced show stretched me out of my comfort zone and I’m forever grateful for what they pulled out of me, and still continue to use the knowledge I gained from every advanced level.”

– Arielle LaGuette

NEXT CLASS: Wednesdays, 6pm (Starts May 30th)

APPLY HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/8tL8ntKQUcwzbdsu1

Designed for dedicated improvisers who have already completed a year-long course of study, the ColdTowne Advanced Studies program will equip you with the tools to take your improv to new heights.

Rigorous scenework exercises, individually tailored notes, and weekly homework assignments — along with working alongside equally motivated students under the direction of some of Austin’s best improv instructors — will open up new possibilities and depth in your performance.

The Advanced Studies program requires a long-term advance commitment to four sessions of work. Students who’ve completed their coursework at ColdTowne or other theaters are invited to apply to the program.

Qualified applicants will have graduated from an established improv program or have the equivalent experience as well as references from teachers.

Since the program is rigorous and includes weekly assignments, we’re looking for dedicated, passionate students who take their comedy seriously. We keep classes sizes small to ensure maximum stage time, meaning we’re asking participants to commit up front to all four levels.

Admission will be based on:
– Dedication and work ethic
– Improv skill and experience
– Ensemble Skills such as positivity and cooperation

Additionally, when putting together the class, we strive to create a diverse class in terms of gender, background and improv training.

About the Instructors

Dave Buckman has directed, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After several years studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam for 2 years, where he was fortunate to work with and direct some of the funniest people working in television and web-based sketch comedy today. He culminated his run in Europe with directing “Boom Chicago: RockStars” the second stage-swap with The Second City’s Main Stage in its 50 year history, After Europe, Dave worked as a director and teacher at The Second City in Chicago and Cleveland, directing Cleveland’s 2003 Main Stage revue, “Who’s yer Baghdadi?”. Since 2005, Dave has been living in Austin, TX with wife and creative partner Rachel Madorsky, teaching and performing with their award-winning troupe The Frank Mills. Dave also performs with Dick Rambuck, You’re Not My Real Dad, Stool Pigeon and with Rachel and Dave. He is also a producer for The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, held every Labor Day in beautiful Austin, TX.

Michael Jastroch writes and performs with ColdTowne, winning several awards for his improv including “Best Comedy Group 2008” in the Austin Chronicle Reader’s poll and the B. Iden Payne award for “Outstanding Improv Ensemble.” His sketch project, Lovey and Lovey, won Best of Fest at the 2005 Lone Star Sketch Festival and the 2008 Frontera Fringe Festival as well as a Critic’s Pick in the 2008 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll. Michael is the Executive Director of the ColdTowne Theater and teaches and directs sketch and improv at the ColdTowne Conservatory. Michael was nominated for best teacher at the Austin Improv Collective Awards and the group he directs, Midnight Society, was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Theater Award. Michael has directed a number of comedy improv shows, including the Victrola, Rapture the Flag and Cereal For Adults and can be seen performing with Stool Pigeon and Elevator Action. Michael has taught his improv workshops all over the country, including at the Oberlin College Improv Festival, the Gila Monster Improv Fest in Tuscon, Arizona and at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival in Chapel Hill.