The Coalition Theater is Downtown RVA’s Home for Live Comedy Shows, Classes & Other Fun Stuff.

Live Comedy, Every Week.

Tickets available online and at the door.

Doors open half an hour before showtime. All shows are intended for mature audiences, unless otherwise specified.

Learn improv from some of the best instructors in Virginia

REGISTRATION FOR OUR WINTER 2018 CLASSES IS OPEN.

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IMPROV 101: Intro (Sundays)

Amber Parker

When: Sundays from 1 – 3pm, starting January 21st and running for 8 weeks

Instructor: Amber Parker

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.

Class Description

Have you always wanted to try improv? Are you looking to use the fundamental lessons of improv to improve other aspects of your life?

If you answered yes to these or any other questions, then our Intro to Improv is for you. In this first level of our training program, you will learn the fundamentals of improv from saying “Yes, and” to listening and being more spontaneous.

Intro to Improv is an eight-week course that is taught in a very supportive, fun environment that allows you to feel comfortable taking risks. All experience levels are welcome!

IMPROV 101: Intro (Tuesdays)

Ryan Clatterbuck

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm, starting January 23rd and running for 8 weeks

Instructor: Ryan Clatterbuck

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.

Class Description

Have you always wanted to try improv? Are you looking to use the fundamental lessons of improv to improve other aspects of your life?

If you answered yes to these or any other questions, then our Intro to Improv is for you. In this first level of our training program, you will learn the fundamentals of improv from saying “Yes, and” to listening and being more spontaneous.

Intro to Improv is an eight-week course that is taught in a very supportive, fun environment that allows you to feel comfortable taking risks. All experience levels are welcome!

IMPROV 201: Character & Relationship (Sundays)

Grace Manno

When: Sundays from 3 – 5pm, starting January 21st and running 8 weeks

Instructor: Grace Manno

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

Good scenes are the bedrock of improv. In our second level, you will strengthen the skills you built in our Intro class and focus on creating sustainable scenes based on strong, deep relationships and honest emotional reactions.

Great if you want to dig deeper into improv or if you need to interact with other humans in your day-to-day life.

IMPROV 201: Character & Relationships (Tuesdays)

David Pijor

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm, starting January 23rd and running 8 weeks.

Instructor: David Pijor

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

Good scenes are the bedrock of improv. In our second level, you will strengthen the skills you built in our Intro class and focus on creating sustainable scenes based on strong, deep relationships and honest emotional reactions.

Great if you want to dig deeper into improv or if you need to interact with other humans in your day-to-day life.

IMPROV 301: Patterns and Games (Mondays)

Lauren Serpa

When: Mondays from 7 – 9pm, starting January 22nd and running 8 weeks.

Instructor: Lauren Serpa

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: 101, 201

Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

In our third level, we explore creating patterns and discovering games to propel your scenes forward. You’ll get out of your head and into the show by focusing on your team and what they need.

You’ve contracted the improv bug, you may as well accept that you are now beyond the help of medical science.

IMPROV 301: Patterns and Games (Wednesdays)

When: Wednesdays from 7 – 9pm, starting January 23rd and running 8 weeks.

Instructor: Patrick Gantz

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: 101, 201

Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

In our third level, we explore creating patterns and discovering games to propel your scenes forward. You’ll get out of your head and into the show by focusing on your team and what they need.

You’ve contracted the improv bug, you may as well accept that you are now beyond the help of medical science.

Improv 401: Long Form (Sundays)

Sham Ellison

When: Sundays from 1 – 3pm, starting January 21st and running 8 weeks.

Instructor: Shamoniki Ellison

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201 and 301

Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

In our fourth level, we’ll approach Long Form from the 16-bar blues of improv: The Harold.

Over eight weeks, this survey will strengthen the broad skills you have (two-person scenes, group work, playing from emotion, pattern recognition), and put it all on its feet in a longer, cohesive piece.

Improv 401: Long Form **SOLD OUT**

Katie Holcomb

When: Wednesdays from 7 – 9pm, starting January 24th and running 8 weeks.

Instructor: Katie Holcomb

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201 and 301

Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

In our fourth level, we’ll approach Long Form from the 16-bar blues of improv: The Harold.

Over eight weeks, this survey will strengthen the broad skills you have (two-person scenes, group work, playing from emotion, pattern recognition), and put it all on its feet in a longer, cohesive piece.

Sketch 201

When: Mondays from 7 – 9pm, starting January 22nd and running for 8 weeks

Instructor: Beau Cribbs

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: Sketch 101

Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

Sketch writing 201 builds on the foundation you started in 101. Each week, we will explore and write a different type of stage sketch for review. The majority of writing will take place outside of class, with class time used for reading and critique.

Beau Cribbs

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Improv 501: World Moves **SOLD OUT**

When: Mondays from 7 – 9pm, starting January 22nd and running for 8 weeks

Instructor: Matt Newman

Cost: $190

Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201, 301, 401

Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

Over 8 weeks, we’ll explore what makes an improv show feel like more than just 30 minutes of scenes strung one after the other. We’ll start with a survey of a whole bunch of existing forms, create some forms, and discuss the sorts of moves that can elevate any show, no matter the format. A whole bunch of sets, a whole bunch of notes.

Matt Newman

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WINTER 2018 INTERN SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN

The Coalition Theater offers internships in exchange for classes as a way of making our training center more accessible for individuals of all financial circumstances.


What are the perks?

Interns get the benefit of taking free classes, seeing free shows, and learning a little bit more about the operations of the theater over the course of their internship. In exchange, interns volunteer their time working at our box office, concessions, and/or tech booth. They may also be asked to help with other tasks such as hanging posters/marketing materials around town.

All class levels are available for internship, which includes Improv 101-401, Stand-Up 101 (when available), and Sketch Writing 101 (when available).

* Due to how quickly classes fill up, if you plan to take a class even if you aren’t chosen to intern, go ahead and register for the class you want. If chosen, we will refund your payment in full. *

How are Interns chosen?

The Coalition selects several interns per 8-week class session. There is no cap on how many sessions an individual may intern, and current interns are able to re-apply for consideration each session. If you are not selected to receive an internship, we encourage you to re-apply for the next session.

The submissions are reviewed by a board consisting of the Artistic, Managing and Educational Director and all applicants will be notified the week prior to the start of the upcoming class session.

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Have questions about upcoming shows, classes and anything else that the Coalition can help you with? Shoot us a message.

  • 8 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA
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  • (804) 332-5857*

* NOTE: We don’t normally keep daytime office hours, so email or the contact form to the left is the best way to get in touch with us and get a response.