Before the Coalition Theater was established at its current home in the RVA Arts District, the founders debuted in June of 2009 as the Richmond Comedy Coalition. Their first show, “Shut Up and Laugh,” at Art6 Gallery in downtown RVA featured the RCC’s original company members performing longform improv comedy.
Their energetic vibe and playful shows gained a following, and soon the Coalition booked a monthly show at Gallery5, a space known for showcasing local bands and burlesque alongside local art. Managing Director Katie Holcomb likes to point out that this was very punk rock of them, however the rest of the team wishes she wouldn’t.
The Coalition’s goal has always been to produce good, funny, smart shows that highlight longform improv comedy and to nurture the thriving and ever-growing comedy arts community in RVA.
The Abaton Calendar is a resource created for and by voice talent, to help create meaningful connections and forge and maintain professional and personal relationships. (And hopefully, have a hell of a lot of fun in the process).