“…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 (Rachel Madorsky, Dave Buckman, Erika May McNichol and Bob McNichol).
2015: +The Frank Mills
After 9 years of performing and teaching at the theater, ColdTowne asked The Frank Mills joined 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.
Tauri Laws-Phillips, experienced entrepreneur, improviser and member of the award-winning improv troupe Damn Gina, joins the leadership team as co-owner. Michael Jastroch steps down to pursue his comedy dreams, all remain friends and collaborators. And as soon as Covid-19 is cured, we will all live happily ever after.
ColdTowne is: Tauri Laws-Phillips, Rachel Madorsky, Dave Buckman and Justin York, and a staff of some of the most talented, dedicated humans on the planet.