Frequently Asked Questions

What is TNM’s Style?

The New Movement’s improv style is a startling and fierce experimental mixture where absurdity and emotional risk take the foreground. The distinction of our playing style comes from training that emphasizes clean, grounded scenes that create impact, while never missing the opportunity to embrace the irrational or bizarre. Our unique training teaches mindfulness and emotional intelligence, enhances and encourages listening skills, and helps everyone get a better grasp at the art of conversation.

TNM’s style is also characterized by elegance and follow-through. By playing intelligently and following the maps and patterns of our scenes, we more quickly tap into the magic of clarity and shared vision. Fundamentally, we believe in improv as a young, growing art form, one in which the living beast of creativity is honored and elevated, and you can see that in the character of our shows.

Why Are Some of Your Shows Free?

We believe strongly in the power and importance of improv as an art form and as a movement. Since we know everyone should have an opportunity to be exposed to improv, some of our shows will always be free! The New Movement is dedicated to keeping improv accessible and available to all. And if you like, we also take donations, because we’d never deprive you of your opportunity to support a community that delights you.

What makes The New Movement different than other improv training centers?

TNM trains new and seasoned comedians, performers, and artists who seek development of their talents and crafts as they pursue their entertainment careers. With theaters and training centers in Austin and New Orleans, TNM is fostering the largest, most active comedy community in the Gulf South. Our experienced, creative, and supportive faculty and staff provide our students with a safe space to experiment and grow while being inspired and guided through our programs, and at a lower price than most of our competitors.

TNM has created a unique syllabus that focuses on making emotional connections and finding the smartest and funniest choices in scenes. Another unique aspect of our curriculum is how we strive to keep our students together in their same classes as they move through our levels of training. We find that people tend to collaborate better and sharpen their improv skills faster when they’re confident and supported by a team of performers that they’re already familiar with.

Who takes your classes?

Our students range in lifestyle from attorneys to stay-at-home moms and dads, therapists to DJ’s, college professors to street performers. Improv can be useful to anyone regardless of their comedy aspirations. However, for people who are interested in pursuing a career in comedy, actors who want to beef up their on-set skills, writers who want to find a new approach – we can help hone your skills and make you better at your craft. Our endlessly positive teaching methods and relaxed comedic style are desirable for businesses or people that seek fun, interactive ways to connect to their peers, friends, employees, or customers.

What kind of time commitment are classes?

Classes run for 8 weeks each at 2 hours a class. We offer 5 levels of improv training, 4 levels of sketch writing/producing, and a variety of electives, intensives, and workshops year-round.

How much do classes cost? Are there discounts? Can I pay in installments?

Our improv classes are $225 per 8-week session. Sketch classes are $250 for 8-week sessions. We ask students to pay a deposit of half their tuition by the first day of class and the remainder by week three. In special circumstances, we can work out a pay structure for you. We offer discounts for classes in the form of internships. For more info on that, email us at tnmnola@gmail.com.

What kind of improv will I study with The New Movement?

We teach and perform long-form improv. Our specific philosophy is based around the focus that scenes can be defined and mapped from the first several lines and actions at the top of the scene. We teach five levels of classes which evolve from introduction to improv skills and vocabulary to exploring character development, dynamic, patterns, devices, ensemble, and advanced scene studies.

Can I start taking improv classes at The New Movement as an upper level student?

Nope, sorry! All students at TNM start in Level 1 regardless of their previous experience.

How do I start getting on stage?

We assemble student troupes via our Beta program and coach ad-hoc groups formed from within our student body which perform regularly on our stage. The Student Union is a weekly showcase featuring TNM students and alumni only. Our other shows are cast from the pool of talent within TNM.

Can I sample your classes?

Yes! Our Improv Zero class is completely free and is offered frequently in both Austin and New Orleans. No need to RSVP, just show up! Check out our class list to see when the next Improv Zero class will be held.

Can I rent out your venues for rehearsals/shows/workshops/filming/etc?

Our schedule is jam-packed with classes and shows produced by our community, so our space can be very limited. But we offer cheap rates on space rentals - day or night - so if you’re curious, get more info here or feel free to contact us!