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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 FALL 2017 IMPROV & SKETCH CLASSES

Looking for stand-up classes?
Check back with us in 2018. Those classes have the rest of the year off.

Want more info about our next classes and shows?
Sign up for our email list.Have any questions? Make sure to first read over our Class FAQs / Policies.

If your question still remains unanswered, use the contact form below to get in touch.

IMPROV FREEVIEW 001

When: Sunday, Sep 10th, 3 – 4pm and Tuesday, Sept 12th, 7 – 8pm.

Cost: FREE

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

About
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.

IMPROV 101: Intro (Sundays)

August Butler

When: Sundays from 3 – 5pm, starting September 17th and running for 8 weeks

Instructor: August Butler

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 (Tuesdays)

Amber Parker

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm, starting September 19 and running for 8 weeks

Instructor: Amber Parker

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 (Mondays)

Bob  Nickles

When: Mondays from 7 – 9pm, starting September 18 and running 8 weeks

Instructor: Bob Nickles

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 (Wednedays)

Casey Neeley

When: Wednesdays, 7 – 9pm, starting September 20 and running 8 weeks.

Instructor: Casey Neeley

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 301: Patterns and Games (Sundays)

Joey Tran

When: Sundays from 1 – 3pm, starting September 17 and running 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.

IMPROV 301: Patterns and Games (Wednesdays)

When: Wednesdays from 7 – 9pm, starting September 20 and running 8 weeks.

Instructor: Patrick Gaskill

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.

Improv 401: Long Form (Tuesdays)

When: Tuesdays from 7 – 9pm, starting September 20 and running 8 weeks.

Instructor: David Pijor

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.

David Pijor

Sketch 101: SOLD-OUT

When: Mondays from 7 – 9pm, starting September 11 and running for 8 weeks

Instructor: Beau Cribbs

Cost: $185

Prerequisites: None. All levels of writers are welcome.

Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

In this course, you will learn the building blocks of writing great sketch comedy.  We will look at different sketches from television and stage to see what makes them work and will explore character, setting and the elements of a good scene. By the end of this 8-week course you will translate your idea into a fully fleshed-out sketch.

Beau Cribbs

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FALL INTERN SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED

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.


We are currently interned-up for the Fall 2017 class session.
Applications will re-open for the Winter session sometime in mid-December.
To be the first to know when applications open, sign up for our email list.

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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.