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 IS OPEN FOR OUR SPRING 2017 SESSION OF IMPROV, STAND-UP & SKETCH CLASSES.

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IMPROV 101: Intro (Mondays)

Aaron Grant

When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm, starting April 17th and ending June 5th (8 weeks).

Instructor: Aaron Grant

Cost: $185

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 (SOLD-OUT)

When: Wednesdays, 7 – 9pm, starting April 19th and ending June 7th (8 weeks).

Instructor: Ryan Clatterbuck

Cost: $185

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 (Sundays)

Elliot Wegman

When: Sundays, 1 – 3pm, starting April 23rd and ending June 11th (8 weeks).

Instructor: Elliot Wegman

Cost: $185

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 & Relationships (SOLD-OUT)

When: Tuesdays from 7 – 9pm, starting April 18th and ending June 6th (8 weeks)

Instructor: Katie Holcomb

Cost: $185

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 (Sundays)

Shamoniki Ellison

When: Sundays, 1 – 3pm, starting April 23rd and ending June 11th (8 weeks).

Instructor: Shamoniki Ellison

Cost: $185

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 401: Longform (Wednesdays)

When: Wednesdays from 7 – 9pm, starting April 19th and ending June 7th (8 weeks)

Instructor: Patrick Gantz

Cost: $185

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.

Patrick Gantz

IMPROV 301: Patterns and Games (SOLD-OUT)

When: Tuesdays from 7 – 9pm, starting April 18th and ending June 6th (8 weeks)

Instructor: Joey Tran

Cost: $185

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.

SKETCH WRITING 201 (SOLD-OUT)

When: Mondays from 7 – 9pm, starting April 17th and ending June 5th (8 weeks)

Instructor: Matt Micou

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: Sketch Writing 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.

Instructor Bio

Matt Micou is a writer, actor, improviser, director and producer. Matt moved back to Virginia in 2012 after many years in Chicago, where he studied improv at Second City, iO and the Annoyance theater. After graduating from the Second City writing program, Matt founded the sketch comedy group Grandma June’s Sewing Circle. Together, they performed in front of sellout crowds in theaters across Chicago, New Hampshire, the Quad Cities, Austin, Texas and the 2008 and 2010 Chicago Sketchfest. Matt also performed on Chopper, his improv team at iO, Long Pause, a video/live sketch hybrid, as well as many independent teams. He is currently a writer/performer for RVA Tonight and performs on the house team Da Vinci, as well as Horse Apples and Big Bosses. Yes, he’s the guy in the Virginia Green commercials.

STAND-UP 101 (SOLD-OUT)

When: Sundays from 5 – 7pm, starting April 23rd and ending June 11th (8 weeks)

Instructor: Jim Zarling

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.
Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

Over the course of this class, students will work toward writing and performing an original 5-minute stand-up set. Students will begin learning basic concepts of joke writing (premise/set up/punchline). You will look to find premises in your everyday life, then work on honing your material and making it authentic and accessible to audiences.

Later in the session, students will focus on creating, critiquing and workshopping their own material. The class will culminate in a class showcase performance of all-original student sets.

Instructor Bio

Jim Zarling has been performing as a stand up comic since 2006. In 2008 he founded the Comedy Roundtable in Charlottesville which helped countless stand up comics get their start on stage. He has headlined several tours throughout the Southeast and has featured at The Cape Fear Comedy Festival, The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and The F Bomb Comedy Festival. In recent years he has opened for Myq Kaplan, Jared Logan and Tig Notaro.

At the Coalition Theater he performs with MEGAPOWER and Big Bosses.

IMPROV FREEVIEW 001 (SOLD-OUT)

When: Monday, April 10th, 7 – 8pm and Wednesday, April 12th, 7 – 8pm.

Cost: FREE

Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience (or money) necessary.
Email us if you have any questions.

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This free improv workshop is a preview of what class is all about. We’ll walk through some basic concepts, teach you a few exercises and games, and generally have a good time. Sound good? Please select only one of the below Freeview dates.

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INTERN SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT CLASS SESSION STARTING IN THE SPRING. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 31.

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, Standup 101, and Sketch 101 (when available.)

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
  • info@rvacomedy.com (preferred)
  • (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.