ColdTowne Theater announces change in ownership, Tauri Laws-Phillips, performer and faculty member, steps into ownership as ColdTowne Founder Michael Jastroch steps down. 

With this announcement, Michael Jastroch, ColdTowne Co-Founder, is stepping down after 14 years from his leadership role.This is a personal choice that Michael has made and there is nothing but good will between all parties. Michael will continue to teach, perform, do corporate workshops and mentor for ColdTowne. In his stead, ColdTowne is thrilled to report that longtime friend and colleague Tauri Laws-Phillips has joined forces with co-owners, Rachel Madorsky, Dave Buckman and Justin York. Tauri’s corresponding management role is:

Tauri Laws Phillips, Chief Operating Officer. Combining fifteen years of brand development and operations management and with over a decade of performance experience, Tauri will lead ColdTowne’s finance and marketing teams, working closely with all management teams to ensure execution and ongoing financial viability.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Tauri of the award-winning improv troupe Damn Gina has officially joined Rachel, Dave and Justin as owners. Tauri has been a fearless contributor, impacting positive change for ColdTowne Theater since the day she entered its doors and has been instrumental in creating a more inclusive community of comedians who call ColdTowne home. We couldn’t be more excited to have Tauri officially join” says Rachel Madorsky, co-owner and Chief Development Director.

About ColdTowne Theater

Featuring the finest local comedic talent and touring shows since 2006, ColdTowne Theater is Austin’s mainstage for alternative improv, sketch and stand up comedy, launching the careers of dozens of writers, comedians, actors and theater professionals. During this time of Covid, for the safety of all, ColdTowne has temporarily moved on line, offering a full roster of classes, ColdTowne TV on Twitch and soon to be operating ColdTowne Radio, a new podcast network. In addition, we continue to offer cutting edge Corporate Training, teaching businesses how to open up their personnel’s potential through improvisation and be a stand for diversity and inclusivity.

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Lilli Lopez, Marketing Director at ColdTowne Theater