Improv & Sketch for Kids and Teens?

ColdTowne has what you need.

Excused Absence Comedy for Youth

The official Youth Program of ColdTowne Theater

  • Our Classes, Camps, and Troupes are led by some of Austin’s best comedy teachers and coaches. Family Friendly Shows provide an opportunity for youth to see both peers and adult professionals perform on a regular basis. No other performing arts education experience in Austin provides the high level of comedy training and potential stage time our available to our students. Our youth troupes regularly perform alongside some of the most recognized adult comics on Austin stages. It’s everything you love about ColdTowne and live Comedy — including your favorite performers and teachers — designed for youth.

Move Your Tale

Applied Improv for children, families and educators of all ages.

Explorations in creating characters and stories in the moment. With a focus on listening, building a flexible mindset and collaboration, this program provides a positive (and hilarious) performing arts experience for youth and for those who work with them. Move Your Tale is an approved AISD vendor and an official Arts Partner through the district’s Creative Learning Initiative.

Birthdays & Events

One of kind Birthday Parties and Events for kids, teens & families.

Tailored to your group’s need, these private events usually begin with a short, low pressure class followed by an original, improvised show. Performed by our professional cast for up 45 audience members. Take part in the show as a volunteer or enjoy from your seat if preferred!

Excused Absence Youth Comedy Festival

A yearly comedy festival for Comedy Performers and Fans of All Ages.

Held yearly, ExAb Fest is a weekend of comedy shows, workshops and social events for youth, families and educators. A  unique opportunity for youth to see live comedy created by adult and youth acts and an opportunity for performers of all ages to share their work with a new audience. The next festival takes place February 13 – 15, 2021 and will combine online and onsite events for a safe and hilarious experience!

Why Improv?

Though Sketch and Stand Up are very important parts of our program, the heart of our work is Improvised Comedy. Improv is theater created on the spot, guiding performers toward collaborative, inventive performance and storytelling. Improv invites us to trust each other (and ourselves) to create, communicate, take risks, and, most importantly, have a ton of fun.