Improv comedians are a human breed originally formed from the tears of a vaudevillian and the psychoactive film on a tree frog's back. Breed your own comedy with today's deal: for $65, you get an eight-week Level I: Introduction to Improv comedy class (a $150 value) at The New Movement Theater. This package includes eight weekly two-hour classes and free admission to almost all of the theater's comedy shows during the eight-week session.
In Introduction to Improv, small enclaves of students familiarize themselves with the fundamental skills and vocabulary of long-form improvisation. The course focuses on scene work, group mind, and how to apply the art form to other avenues, such as rescuing ill-prepared PowerPoint presentations and committing gut-busting perjury in traffic court. Because improvisers learn best by experience and example, students begin playing onstage during the very first class and are encouraged to attend performances of The New Movement's troupes, nearly all of which are free for the entire corpus studious.
Chris Trew, a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade Summer Intensive program who opened The New Movement with Tami Nelson as a training center for a specific brand of comedy and performance, has participated in comedy workshops and festivals all over the country and has released two nerdcode hip-hop albums. Before making her Comedy Central debut in 2009, The New Movement instructor Tami Nelson was formatively trained with The Comedy Conservatory, and has performed in many of the biggest comedy festivals around the country. Fellow instructor Shyla Ray, a homegrown product of The New Movement, complemented her local growth with outside instruction from The Institution Theatre, the Annoyance Theatre, and the director of the Hyde Park Theatre. Their combined expertise will help even the most unspontaneous become more adept at ad-libbing—sparing them the laborious process of scripting and memorizing every possible office conversation in advance. The New Movement Theater intentionally keeps its class sizes small, so book yours early.
- …wow, the New Movement, run by Chris "Terp 2 It" Trew and Tami Nelson and operating from a tidy space next to Nubian Queen Lola's on Rosewood Avenue, is a gem of focused education. – Wayne Alan Brenner, Austin Chronicle
- When [Chris Trew and Tami Nelson] talk about the future of the New Movement, possibilities seem endless and ideas plentiful. – Kaitlin Ballard, austin360.com
- It's absolutely safe to jump in and play. You don't even have to know how to swim, errr improv. After each class, you leave feeling rejuvenated. – chris g., Yelp
Central East Austin
1819 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, Texas 78702