Groundhog Indicates: It’s a Good Year for Improv!

Wondering if you or your loved one will enjoy taking classes at ColdTowne? Check out this blog post from Megan Mowry from this past March: she started in our free 101 class (every other Monday at the theater) and hasn’t looked back since.

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By Megan Mowry

Groundhogs Day 2015: Me, my birthday, and a free improv class at ColdTowne Theater. It didn’t feel significant at the time, but in retrospect, it was honestly the best gift I have ever given myself. I sat down next to Laura de la Fuente  (now a fellow SHESHESHESHE troupe member and BFF) and I remember us being like two chihuahuas in a handbag, both extremely excited and kind of neurotic nervous, but happy to be in the same purse. Flash forward one year later, and we’ve done countless shows together, both performed in mainstages at ColdTowne,  and most importantly, we’ve met so many amazing people in the improv community!

ShePoster-Frank-Mills-optAfter graduating from college over a year ago, I felt like everyone I knew had left Austin, and I was determined to find new friends. I tried intramural kickball, but I don’t really enjoy group sports. I tried a doodle meet up, but it turns out all we had in common was the fact that we all loved our dogs. And then there was improv! Improv class is this magical place filled with humans that come from many different background, yet are somehow all kind, open, honest, and creative individuals playing make believe together. Seriously, what is more fun that that? 

ColdTowne should rename Improv Level 1 to Therapy Level 1. Nat Miller was an amazing teacher. He cultivated a safe and trusting environment for my class to express ourselves in ways that most of us had never done before. I’m not sure about most of you, but I sit at a desk all day in my head, in a car for an hour in my head, even at a workout or yoga still in my head. Improv class feels like the first big stretch after being in a confined space all day. It’s the off leash dog park for humans, it’s standing on a chair in front of room full of people and throwing a full on temper tantrum because it’s  “your character”. Happy freaking birthday to me, it’s been a damn good year!


Megan Mowry performs with her all female Cagematch champion troupe  SHESHESHESHE.  She is in the cast of Fuck This Week, exploring your shit ass week every Monday night at The New Movement. She recently the  joined resident cast of Tarantula, an organic, odd, vibrant web of collective consciousness type of improv, happening the second Saturday of every month at The Institution Theater. Outside of the comedy world, Megan enjoys Karaoke, tiny coffees, and watching improv.

Brandon Gardner Workshops

Brandon Gardner of UCB New York will be teaching workshops on May 8th. Workshops are $35 each or $60 for both (see below for details on how to save).

The Game of the Scene
12pm-2pm, Sun. 5/8
ColdTowne Conservatory (6929 Airport Blvd., Suite #131, Austin, TX 78752)

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UCB Theater found Ian Roberts says that the best compliment you can get after an improv show is an audience member not believing it wasn’t written and rehearsed.  This workshop will focus on helping you get better at finding and playing a strong, clear, comedic idea with your partner the way it would exist in a great sketch or a sitcom character.


The First Three Lines
3pm-5pm. Sun. 5/8
ColdTowne Conservatory (6929 Airport Blvd., Suite #131, Austin, TX 78752)

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The first three lines are the most important moment in any scene.  They are the difference between scenes that feel fun and easy and ones that feel like you’re stuck in comedy hell. This workshop we’ll use exercises and scene work to focus on slowing down that first moment to avoid common roadblocks and find the Game of the Scene quickly and easily.


Discount Information

To claim your $10 discount, register for the Game of the Scene first. You’ll receive a promotion code on your confirmation page.  Use that when registering for The First Three Lines, and you’ll knock $10 off, bringing the total to $60.


ABOUT BRANDON GARDNER

Brandon has been a performer and writer at the UCB Theater in New York since 2007 and has been an instructor there since 2009. He has been a member of the UCB house teams Bastian, Let’s Have a Ball, Reuben Williams, Improv Nerds and The Curfew and is a regular at UCB’s flagship show ASSSSCAT 3000. In addition to performing in NYC, Brandon is a member of the UCB TourCo All-Stars with whom he performs and teaches workshops around the world.

As a senior teacher Brandon has helped develop the UCB Training Center curriculum and has taught over one-hundred 8 week courses at every level. He has taught Advanced Level classes in Harolds, Scene Work, Improvised Plays and Improv to Sketch. Outside of UCB, Brandon is an active actor, writer and director.