Camps, Classes and Shows for Kids and Teens?

ColdTowne has what you need.

Excused Absence Comedy for Youth

ColdTowne’s Youth Program, offering Improv, Sketch and Stand Up Comedy for ages 4 to 18.

Excused Absence provides training for young performers of all experience levels, produces weekly shows for all ages and hosts Excused Absence Youth Comedy Festival. 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 amount of potential stage time our available to our students. 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.

These traveling classes, camps and shows incorporate the tools and philosophy of improv to explore creating characters and stories in the moment. With a focus on listening, building a flexible mindset and collaboration, this program provides a positive (and frequently hilarious) early performing arts experience.

Private Events and Workshops

Birthday coming up? In need of a special event for your field trip or fundraiser? Excused Absence and Move Your Tale provide tailored performances and workshops for your family friendly event both at the theater and at your venue. The calendar fills up quickly, so contact us today!


Excused Absence Youth Comedy Festival


Held yearly, the second weekend of August, ExAb Fest is two days of comedy shows, workshops and social events for youth, families and educators. It is both 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.


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. Through Improv, participants learn to listen and say, “Yes, and!” to each others’ ideas. Improv invites us to trust each other (and ourselves) to create, communicate, take risks, and, most importantly, have a ton of fun.