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

Live Comedy, Every Week.

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

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GUEST WORKSHOP: Expanding Your Character Range

When: Saturday, December 16th, Noon – 2:30pm

Instructor: Dave Johnson

Cost: $25 + Fees

Prerequisites: Improv 101

Email us if you have any questions.

Class Description

There is an infinite variety of characters out there and I love playing as many kinds as I can. This workshop will help you expand your range of characters using approaches that bypass the brain and begin with the body. We’ll use physicality, voice, animals, and mimicry to feel our way into characters we’ve never played before, trusting that we can put aside our rational minds for a moment and let our bodies lead the way.

David Johnson is an actor, improviser, improv teacher, improv director/coach, and a mainstay of D.C.’s improv community. He has a B.A. in Drama, an M.F.A. in Acting, and has been a member of many improv troupes, including: onesixtyone (Washington Improv Theater’s original troupe), Dr. Fantastic, Werewolf Mcbutterbone (Winner of WIT’s Tournament of the FIST), Anant Nag, Dial M for Nasty, and NimprovYC (among others), and is currently working with Topher Belavia in the duo, Calvin. He also has extensive experience acting in scripted productions at theaters such as The Kennedy Center, New Dramatists (NY, NY), Theater Alliance (D.C.), Catalyst Theater Company (D.C.), Center Stage (Baltimore, MD), and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and continues to act in film and on web and t.v. commercials.

As a teacher with WIT (’04 – Present), he taught most levels of the curriculum in addition to the self-created, Relax—Improv for Actors and Acting for Improvisers. He has directed or coached numerous troupes, including: onesixtyone, Press Play, Hot and Sweaty, The Lodge, Aboulia, The Charmichaels, Prettier Than You, Commonwealth, Trust Fall, and Request for Protest.

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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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  • 8 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA
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