The Coalition Theater is RVA’s home for comedy shows, classes & other fun stuff. Live Comedy. Dead Serious.

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.

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GUEST WORKSHOP: The New Movement’s Language and Philosophies

Chris Trew

When: Thursday, May 5, 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Instructor: Chris Trew

Cost: $40

Prerequisites: Some kind of improv experience required for this workshop. Email us with any questions.

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Every student receives a FREE copy of Chris (and Tami)’s book: Improv Wins.

“They have built their own language of improv” – The Austin-American Statesman

Learn to work your scenes without the aid of a suggestion from the audience. Discover how to map patterns using only the beginning of the scene. Experience a workshop where each student is guaranteed a plethora of stage time. The New Movement has been aggressively exploring an alternative approach to improv since its inception – this workshop is a peek into what we think makes improv tick and how it can compliment your current training and philosophies.

About Chris Trew
Chris Trew is co-author of Improv Wins and co-founder of The New Movement, a comedy theater and training center in Austin and New Orleans. He was named one of the “10 comedians you should know” by Paper Magazine and has been teaching improv workshops all over the country for nearly 10 years.

IMPROV 101: Intro to Improv

Robert Sobecke

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning March 29th.

Instructor: Robert Sobecke

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.

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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 to Improv

Townsend Hart

When: Wednesdays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning March 30th.

Instructor: Townsend Hart

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.

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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

Kathryn Schmidt

When: Sundays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning April 3.

Instructor: Kathryn Schmidt

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
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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

Patrick Gantz

When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning March 28.

Instructor: Patrick Gantz

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
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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

Scott Beckett

When: Sundays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning April 3rd.

Instructor: Scott Beckett

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: 101, 201
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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: Longform

Shamoniki Ellison

When: Mondays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning March 28th

Instructor: Shamoniki Ellison

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201 and 301
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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.

 

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  • 8 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA
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