Since the founding of ColdTowne Theater in 2006, Austin’s alternative-comedy scene has exploded into national prominence. That means a lot more shows, which means a lot more rehearsal space. (Yes, improv is made up on the spot, but improvisers still need to practice to keep sharp.)

To help meet this growing demand, ColdTowne has secured a lease on a new multi-room space targeted at improvisers, sketch performers, and comedy writers, but also the larger live-performance community. Centrally located at the intersection of North Lamar and Airport Blvd., ColdTowne Conservatory will serve as an annex to the main theater but will also be available for rental by the public. The original ColdTowne Theater will remain available for rental during off-hours.

The Conservatory is divided into three subspaces: the Front Room (16′ x 19′), the Back Room (17′ x 18′), and the Writers’ Room (10′ x 12′). The hourly rental rate is $15 during peak hours and $10 during off-hours.
ColdTowne has needed auxiliary space for some time, a happy problem caused by its success as a theater (live comedy seven nights a week) and a school (hundreds of students in improv and sketch classes). The Conservatory will allow the theater to expand the range of its classes while serving as a larger community resource.

For details about the space or questions about reservations, go to or call ColdTowne general manager Katie Moore at 512-814-TOWN.