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ColdTowne Theater offers elective courses with community leaders and guest instructors, sometimes on niche topics, always with goal of offering improvisers a fun path towards well-roundedness. Now available:

The Perfect 6-Minute Scene w/Chuy Zarate (starting June 4)

Improv Diagnostics w/Asaf Ronen (starting June 11)

Sustaining the Scene w/Jaime Moyer (June 19)

Freestyle Rapping 101 w/Tarik Rashaan Davis (August 3)

Acting for Improvisers w/Tarik Rashaan Davis (August 4)

ESTEVAN J. (CHUY) ZARATE is an actor/director/coach/corporate trainer from San Antonio TX that has been improvising in front of audiences for 34 years. He is a member of The Big Bash at The Hideout Theatre, The Known Wizards (Merlinworks faculty troupe), Stool Pigeon at ColdTowne and more duos than he can count. He teaches all styles and formats being that he has a very eclectic tool belt to reach into. If there is a scenario to be performed in, he has probably performed it. With specialties in improv singing and grounded/character-driven scenework, Chuy has coached hundreds of kids, teens, students and adults for years to multiple successes.

THE PERFECT 6-MINUTE SCENE
WITH CHUY ZARATE

Prerequisite: This class is best suited for intermediate improvisers and above.

NOTE: This is a 6-week class that skips June 26.

The Perfect 6 Minute Scene is hard to pull off consistently. Sometimes you start off with a bang and end with a fizzle. Sometimes you stick the landing, but the audience is left feeling empty because the first half went off the rails. What if you could ride the scene like a wave? Small dips and great swells that take you and the audience smoothly to shore. This class is to help you be more comfortable on stage when making connections with your scene partner. Through those connections come great stories. Great stories entrance an audience and leave them in love with the experience that you’ve given them… The Perfect 6 Minute Scene.

Wednesdays, 8pm – 10pm
starting June 5

ASAF RONEN is the author of Directing Improv: Show the Way By Getting Out of the Way. He regularly performs, teaches and produces in Austin, was Education Director at The Institution Theater for eight years and is currently the Conservatory Director at ColdTowne Theater. He is also a Producer and Education Director of Austin’s annual Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. He has taught and performed improvisation in Canada, Great Britain, Norway and in twenty-eight of these United States with such groups as the B. Iden Payne Award winning Confidence Men (improvised plays in the style of David Mamet) and imp (mostly silent improv). He was also producer on TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, a documentary on legendary improvisers TJ & Dave that premiered at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival in 2009 and helped develop the improvised film Days of Delusion with director Scott Myers. In 1999, Asaf founded the improv website, YESand.com of which he is Editor-in-Chief.

IMPROV DIAGNOSTICS
WITH ASAF RONEN

This class is for Intermediate Level improvisers and up.

No lesson plans. Just a steady stream of scenework to help you pinpoint your individual tendencies. Find out what your strengths are and where you could explore further. Working in a non-stop series of improv reps, you’ll learn what your patterns are and how to break them through personalized challenges. Great for intermediates who want to develop new skills and for professionals who want to keep fresh.

 

Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm
starting June 11

JAIME MOYER is an alum of The Second City-Detroit, currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and is a member of the acting unions SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She recently voiced a character on Fox's The Great North, and also appeared in The Bob's Burger's Movie. Jaime has had recurring roles on AP BIO, The new Night Court, The Great North, Modern Family, KC Undercover, Future Man, Bob's Burgers and more. Other favorite credits include Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Detroiters, and Jennifer Falls. Jaime appeared onstage in "Twist Your Dickens" at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at The Portland Center Stage, in Portland, OR and at The Kirk Douglas in L.A. She has taught improvisation and performed all over the country, including workshops at The Washington Improv Theater, Go! Comedy, Dosage Improv Workshops, Unscrewed Theater, The Blue Brick Theater, Dallas Comedy House, Asheville Improv Collective, The Arcade Theater, The Siren Theater, Planet Ant, Camp Improv Utopia, Angel Comedy in the UK, ICC Theater in Denmark, and others. Jaime was awarded the sole prize of Maestro at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011. She can be seen performing improv at Westside Comedy, The Glendale Room, The Lyric Hyperion and elsewhere in and around Los Angeles. Follow Jaime on Twitter @Jaime_Moyer.

SUSTAINING THE SCENE
WITH JAIME MOYER

Prerequisite: Level 2 or higher.

This class will focus on making scenes that can sustain. We will work on scenic structure and emotion to heighten, and Jaime will side-coach your scene to its fullest potential.Let’s figure out how to avoid scenic bargaining and plot driven improvisation. This class will help us work on just yes and the fun that can come from following the follower.

Wednesday, June 19
7pm – 10pm

TARIK RASHAAN DAVIS has been acting, improvising, and writing for over 25 years. He strives to cross-pollinate performance styles and audiences in all his work. Tarik recently appeared on all episodes of the three seasons of The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock TV. His past experience includes Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago as well as appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Undoing (HBO), Last Week with John Oliver, in commercials and other television and web series. In 2021, Tarik was a core cast member in the Tony Award winning Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway. He performed at The Brooklyn Museum in David Levine's Some of the People All of the Time, selected as the New York Times Best Art of 2018. Tarik was a member of The PIT’s longest running improv team, The Baldwins and performed with Baby Wants Candy at UCB Hells Kitchen. As a writer, Tarik makes films, web comics, sketches, and has published critical essays. Tarik’s latest short film, DOC: Race, Revolution, Relativity & The Confessions of a Time Traveling Terrorist (2023) is currently in the final stage of production and is premiering at ColdTowne Theater in August 2024. In the height of the Covid-19 shutdown, Tarik created a horror play, set on Zoom, linking labor rights, capitalism and A.I. The Tank presented this project, Host Invite, on Halloween in 2020. Tarik also teaches improv and theater to people of all ages. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

FREESTYLE RAPPING 101
WITH TARIK RASHAAN DAVIS

No prerequisite; all levels welcome.

When you hear the terms Musical, Hip Hop, Freestyle and or Improvised Rapping, do you get excited? Nervous? Intimidated? If you do, don’t worry, so did I! But after freestyling at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam with Baby Wants Candy and on Broadway with Freestyle Love Supreme, I have some simple techniques that made the practice fun, easy and accessible to everyone. Join me to learn the very basics of Freestyle and Hip Hop and discover the joy of participating in a cypher at the end of the course!

Saturday, August 3
12pm – 3pm

TARIK RASHAAN DAVIS has been acting, improvising, and writing for over 25 years. He strives to cross-pollinate performance styles and audiences in all his work. Tarik recently appeared on all episodes of the three seasons of The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock TV. His past experience includes Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago as well as appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Undoing (HBO), Last Week with John Oliver, in commercials and other television and web series. In 2021, Tarik was a core cast member in the Tony Award winning Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway. He performed at The Brooklyn Museum in David Levine's Some of the People All of the Time, selected as the New York Times Best Art of 2018. Tarik was a member of The PIT’s longest running improv team, The Baldwins and performed with Baby Wants Candy at UCB Hells Kitchen. As a writer, Tarik makes films, web comics, sketches, and has published critical essays. Tarik’s latest short film, DOC: Race, Revolution, Relativity & The Confessions of a Time Traveling Terrorist (2023) is currently in the final stage of production and is premiering at ColdTowne Theater in August 2024. In the height of the Covid-19 shutdown, Tarik created a horror play, set on Zoom, linking labor rights, capitalism and A.I. The Tank presented this project, Host Invite, on Halloween in 2020. Tarik also teaches improv and theater to people of all ages. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

ACTING FOR IMPROVISERS
WITH TARIK RASHAAN DAVIS

Prerequisite: must have completed at least a Beginners level improv course.

When you hear the terms Musical, Hip Hop, Freestyle and or Improvised Rapping, do you get excited? Nervous? Intimidated? If you do, don’t worry, so did I! But after freestyling at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam with Baby Wants Candy and on Broadway with Freestyle Love Supreme, I have some simple techniques that made the practice fun, easy and accessible to everyone. Join me to learn the very basics of Freestyle and Hip Hop and discover the joy of participating in a cypher at the end of the course!

Sunday, August 4
12pm – 3pm