Electives and other classes
Throughout the year, Dallas Comedy House offers various specialty workshops that cover a wide range of topics. See below for current workshop offerings.
Improv for Educators with Maggie Rieth Austin
3-Hour Course | $60
Saturday, August 4 | 2:30-5:30 PM
This workshop is great for educators interested in creating a fun and inclusive classroom culture. Participants will learn basic tenets of improvisational comedy and how to translate the skills to the classroom for effective teaching strategies. Practice building off ideas rather than shutting them down, meeting students where they are, and communicating in affirmative language. This is a fun, fast-paced, three-hour jump start as you plan for the school year ahead.
This workshop is applicable for teachers of all ages and subject.
About Maggie Rieth Austin
Hailing from Rochester, New York, Maggie Rieth Austin is a Texan by choice and a writer, director, actress, and educator by trade. A proud graduate of the Dallas Comedy House (DCH) Training Center, she now serves as the Director of Education for the theater, as well as an instructor and regular performer. Prior to joining the DCH team, Maggie taught eighth grade math as part of Teach For America – Dallas/Fort Worth (2009) and served as the Director, Corps Culture, Communications, and Systems at the TFA-DFW regional office. Combining her passion for education and comedy, she has developed curriculum for educators to incorporate the tenets of improv into their instruction and leadership.
Workshop: Punch It Up! with Jonda Robinson
Saturday, July 21 | 2:30-5:30
Sketch Level 1 or equivalent experience preferred, but not required
Sometimes it's a rough journey from first draft to final sketch. This workshop will give you helpful tools to help you polish your first drafts and take them to the next level. It will also provide you with practice in how to take notes from others, and how to gracefully give others notes on their work. Come in with a rough first draft you'd like to punch up and an open mind to see where it goes!
Improv for Presenters with Amanda Austin
4 Week Course | $195 | Zero Experience Required
Mondays 6:30-9:30 | July 23-August 13
This four-week course is designed to increase confidence and comfortability while giving presentations. By utilizing improvisational comedy and theater skillsets, you will leave each week with the skills to enhance your presentations. Be it a PowerPoint in a board room or a pitch in an elevator, Improv for Presenters will have you ready for your next big speech.
About Amanda Austin
Amanda Austin has more than a decade of experience in training and has received many accolades in the community for her expertise. Amanda was recently selected as a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2018 and she received the Dallas Business Journal's Women In Business Award of 2016. Amanda was named Best Theater Director in 2017 by the Dallas Observer, 20 Most Interesting People of 2014, and one of the 100 Creatives of Dallas in 2014. She is a board member of the Deep Ellum Community Association and serves on the Deep Ellum Arts Festival Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Minor in Business from Texas A&M University.
Workshop: Advanced Long-Form Formats
Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30 | May 29th - July 10th
Have you ever been to an improv show and thought... "Hm, they're not doing the Ewing. I wonder what that format is." Or... "I love the Ewing but I know there are other long forms out there." Well you're in luck! In this seven-week workshop, taught by Allie Trimboli, you'll learn the basic structures and approaches to three other long formats. Which ones?! I'm glad you asked. The Harold, La Ronde, and the Deconstruction. Gain exposure to just a handful of formats you may not have known existed!
Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 5 Improv at DCH or equivalent performance experience.