All teachers and students are responsible for assuring that our theater and classrooms are a safe environment, free from sexual harassment and discrimination of any kind. ColdTowne strongly supports the rights of all its students and performers to work in safe and supportive environments, free from all forms of harassment, including harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.

Harassment is any systematic or continued act or communication that’s unwelcome, including but not limited to:

Students are prohibited from harassing other students whether or not the incidents of harassment occur on ColdTowne property and whether or not the incidents occur during class hours. If a student feels that they have been subject to harassment or any unwanted attention by anyone, they should:

  1. Make their unease and/or disapproval directly and immediately known to the alleged harasser if possible, and
  2. Report the incident immediately to either their teacher, another faculty member, Conservatory Director John Ratliff (, Executive Producer Dave Buckman (, any staff member, or Community Liaison  Kim Lowery (

All complaints will be promptly and carefully investigated by the the Board of Directors. All students will be protected from any and all reprisal or retaliation for filing such complaints. A determination of appropriate action will be made from the facts on a case-by-case basis. All students should be aware that their privacy and the privacy of the accused person will be kept strictly confidential.

Prevention is the best tool for the elimination of sexual harassment. Please be respectful of all students and faculty. Consensual sexual or romantic relationships between teachers and students are deemed unwise and are strongly discouraged.

In compliance with the EEOC Guidelines and our policy, ColdTowne prohibits harassment of any kind. If the result of an investigation indicates that corrective action is called for, such action may include disciplinary measures up to and including immediate expulsion of the offender.




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ColdTowne Conservatory sets high standards for our students. Students can meet those standards by exploring and taking risks while maintaining an atmosphere conducive to learning. Students are expected to abide by the following policies:


Payment is due in full by the first day of class, preferably online via PayPal or credit/debit card, unless other arrangements have been made with Student Coordinator Lance Gilstrap. If you would prefer to pay with a check, please email Lance ( to make arrangements. All students must be paid in full or have a payment schedule arranged for their current class and any previous classes by the second class of a session. Any students with outstanding balances after the second class will not be allowed to continue. Our teachers will be instructed to not let you participate if you are not paid up before the third class. Again, the exception is if you’ ve worked out an explicit payment plan with Lance (


Students who have graduated from another improv theater’s training program are allowed to skip Level 1 Improv and start at Level 2. We ask that all other students start at Level 1 regardless of their experience.  If you meet the criteria and wish to start at Level 2, please send an email to before registering.


If you have any feedback, either positive or negative, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the Conservatory director, John Ratliff ( If you would like to submit feedback anonymously, you may do so at We sincerely thank you for choosing ColdTowne for your improv education. If there is anything that we can do to make your experience more enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  Questions? Concerns? Need to set up a payment plan? Email



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The ColdTowne Conservatory is Austin’s premier longform improvisation training center. Our instructors have trained, taught, and performed at some of North America’s most respected comedy institutions. With ten levels of improv and multiple sketch/video classes, there’s a lot of ground to cover. In addition to classes, the keys to a well-rounded comedy education are to get involved, to see shows, and to perform. Here’s how:


Your teacher will keep you up to date with the latest announcements about all the cool stuff going on, like student troupe auditions, workshops, and student/performer hangouts. Like ColdTowne Theater on Facebook and join the ColdTowne Students and Performers Facebook group for regular updates.  


Seeing shows will help facilitate discussion in class, which is an integral part of our curriculum. So please see shows! It’s fun, you’ll learn a lot, and it’s free!

Current students get into shows at ColdTowne Theater for free after paying customers have been seated. Priority seating will always be given to paying customers. If a show is full and a paying customer arrives late, we will unfortunately have to ask students to give up their seats to paying customers. So if there’s a show you really want to see, we recommend buying a ticket for it in advance.  On your first day of class you will receive your student ID card. Please show this card to the front-of-house intern to gain admission into shows once the paying audience has been seated.


If watching other people improvise isn’t enough, there are also several opportunities available for you to perform.

The Sunday Night Jam is open to improvisers of any experience level!

At 10pm on Sundays, there’s an open jam at the theater. Everyone will warm up together and then divide into smaller groups to perform short sets of scenes for one another. Then we take a break, mix up, and go again. This is a great way to meet other students, to practice what you’ve been working on in classes, and to get used to performing onstage.

The Cagematch, where two teams enter and one team leaves!

The shows are held Wednesdays at 10pm, and submissions are taken every eight weeks. Students and performers with an idea for a show put together their own groups and submit an application to participate in the Cagematch. The Cagematch commissioner will select that session’s team to participate in a single-elimination bracket where acts go head to head, and the audience votes on which advances to the next round. Round up your fellow students and submit for Cagematch!

For more info, contact Cagematch Commissioner Nathan Sowell (                 

Create your own act for submission to the ColdTowne schedule!        

Every two months, ColdTowne accepts submissions for the scheduled show slots. All acts are welcome to apply. All you have to do is fill out the online form when it is released. It’s always announced on the ColdTowne Students and Performers Facebook page, or you can get it directly from Artistic Director Will Cleveland (