Improv, Stand Up and Sketch camps for Middle Schoolers.
All camps run Monday – Friday, most include an optional public performance at 5 the following Sunday.
Full and Half Day Options
Half Day Camps (10 to 1 pm) guide students through a high energy, structured curriculum. Full Day Camps (9 to 4) add lunch and an afternoon of student inspired, instructor guided projects. Past projects have included a short noir style film, a dance heavy variety show and a giant papier mache cricket. Afternoon projects frequently include collaboration between older and younger student groups.
Half day camps are $175.00, Full day camps are $295.00. Please note, Writer’s Playhouse only offers the full day option. Read the descriptions below to choose the camp that’s right for your family and click the orange button to link to EventBrite. Trouble registering? Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512 809 0017. Thanks!
Each camp explores a specific theme, but all have in common an emphasis on creativity, flexibility, collaboration and fun. Our teaching artists are experienced and truly excited about their craft.
June 5 – 9
Participants will write and act out their very own sketches daily and write an original one-act play! They will learn to use basic improv principles to create their characters and ideas which they will mold into a script to be produced, directed and performed! This camp is for incoming sixth graders through incoming ninth graders. Public Performance, Friday, June 9, at 3:30 pm (this camp does not have a Sunday show). Takes place at ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
June 12 – 16
Performance at ColdTowne Theater June 18th
Improv is instant comedy, but how do we make it happen? This camp is all about the joy of jumping in and finding the funny. Listening, saying “yes, and,” collaboration and flexibility are key. Though there is a focus on the basics, students with prior Improv experience will find an opportunity to strengthen their basic comedy muscles. Great for beginners. An awesome way to start the summer. Meets at ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
June 19 – 23
Performance at ColdTowne Theater June 25th
Students with an interest or experience in performance and public speaking often find that the tools of Improv support and expand their abilities. Improv Arts focuses on building a flexible mindset and using improvisation techniques to help us identify and expand upon “the interesting thing.” Exercises emphasize using or voices and bodies as effective communication tools and aid us in adapting to changing situations. But like any Improv class, there will be much goofy fun. No Improv experience is required. For those with experience, this class will provide a focus on growing a specific skill set. Students enrolled in this class are invited to perform at the camp showcase on June 25th. Meets at ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
Stand Up and Sketch Comedy
July 10 – 14
Performance at ColdTowne Theater July 16th
You’re always noticing that funny thing, right? You have awesome stories, but you need a chance to craft them into a well told anecdote? This week, we focus on writing and performing solo stand up pieces and collaboratively written, produced and performed sketches. Stand Up and Sketch Comedy require a significant amount of writing and are best for mature folks ready to collaborate and create a comedy for public performance. Meets at ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
Improv in Action
July 17 – 21
Performance at ColdTowne Theater July 23rd
High energy improv games and scenes allow students to create characters and stories in the moment. Challenging, collaborative and relentlessly positive, this mixed level camp is a great introduction to improv for beginners and a chance to build on existing skills for those with experience. Meets at ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
Improv for the Stage
July 24 – 28
Performance at ColdTowne Theater July 30th
Designed for students with improv experience, this camp goes beyond the basics of “Yes, and” to explore long form formats and grounded scene work. The goal of this camp is to create several small troupes who will debut at Excused Absence Comedy Fest and continue to perform into the fall and spring. Performance during the Excused Absence Comedy Festival to be scheduled. Meets at ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
July 31 – August 4
Improv and Sketch comedy go hand and hand this week. Improvised characters and situations are shaped into sketches and performed by our students at ColdTowne Theater on August 6th and possibly again during the Excused Absence Festival. This is one of our most popular camps, so sign up quickly! Sketch Comedy requires a significant amount of writing and is best for mature folks ready to collaborate and create a comedy show for public performance. Meets at ColdTowne Conservatory, 4803 Airport Blvd.
August 7 – 11
Performance to be scheduled during Excused Absence Comedy Festival, August 11 – 13.
This week long comedy intensive invites mature teens ages 13 to 18 for a week of focused comedy education. Improv, stand up, sketch, tech, marketing your show and comedy history are all included in this week long adventure. Includes planned outing to evening shows in Austin. As the week progresses, students will focus on specific projects to be performed at the Excused Absence Comedy Festival, August 11 – 13.