Excused Absence is Austin’s go-to youth program for comedy training, all ages shows and performance opportunities.

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With a staff comprised of Austin’s finest performers and teaching artists, ExAb offers the best comedy training for youth in Central Texas. Our commitment to providing performance and production opportunities sets us apart from other performing arts organizations and provides a “See it. Learn it.” Do it.” approach.

Register for Fall Improv Classes

Improv classes for kids and teens offer a supportive, creative approach to performing arts training, collaboration, developing a flexible mindset and having fun with friends.

Weekly All Ages Shows


ExAb produces two weekly shows year round at ColdTowne Theater. What’s the Story Steve, our interactive, improvised show for young audiences, is at 10 am on Saturday mornings. Excused Absence Nights, Sundays at 5 pm, features different youth and adult troupes each week and ends in an improv jam that invites audience members to take part!