Reopening November 2021!
CCT is reopening after 20 long months, just in time to celebrate our 20 years of business in Charlotte, and in a great new location, with a bigger theater & training facility. We are overjoyed to be one of the 11 founding members of Uptown Charlotte’s new Visual & Performing Arts Center of Charlotte!
Parking is available out front, on the street, and at nearby public parking lots. Our new venue does NOT serve food or alcohol at this time, but while we get permitted, there will be food and beverage trucks in the front parking lot of the Visual & Performing Arts Center of Charlotte (VAPA), where our new theater is located.
Like all major theaters, we REQUIRE proof of covid vaccinations to perform on our stages, take our classes or be guests at our live performances. We do check at the door and masks are required during shows as we are in a County-owned building so we have to abide by County and City regulations. If you are NOT VACCINATED, we have online classes and shows that we would love to have you participate in as we do not wish to exclude anyone.
Our new address is:
The Visual & Performing Arts Center of Charlotte (VAPA)
700 N. Tryon, Charlotte NC 28202
We are resuming in-person classes the first week of November for fully vaccinated people. Online options are still available for students who are not vaccinated. Masks are required indoors.
Our brand new class schedule is:
Tuesday, November 2nd – 6:30 – 8:30 Sketch Comedy L1 with Stuart Ranson, $250 per 6 weeks
Wednesday, November 3rd – 6:30-8:30 CCT Cast Rehearsal and level 4, coaching fee, ongoing gathering
Thursday, November 4th – 6:30-8:30 L1 Improv with founder Keli Semelsberger, $250 per 6 weeks
Saturday, November 6th – 2:00 L2 improv with Jack Davis, $250 per 6 weeks
Coming soon: Sketch level 2&3, Stand up level 2&3, Improv level 3&4 (multiple long forms), Musical improv, improv for trauma, improv for holistic practitioners, improv outreach (LGBTQ teens and BIPOC teens), Teen improv (ages 13-17).
To Register and pay – classes are smaller than usual due to COVID, so register early!
- You can go to our calendar and reserve your space with a $50 deposit via Eventbrite (fees apply), Venmo (keli-semelsberger), or Zelle – email@example.com
- If you go the next few routes – email Keli at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm registration and payment received.
- You can pay the entire fee via Venmo (no fees)
- You can pay the deposit of $50 in Venmo and cash the first night of class.
- All tuition is due the first night of class unless you have made other arrangements with us by emailing email@example.com.
- We often have internship spaces on a first come first serve basis where you can work our door and marketing in lieu of tuition.
- We do take installments if pre-authorized – email Improvkeli@yahoo.com.
When CCT opened in 2001, it was the first improv comedy theater in Charlotte and is re-opening after 20 months of being closed, to celebrate our 20 year anniversary! CCT has consistently pushed the envelopes of improv by performing long and short-form improv in each show, creating numerous original long forms and games, and by making history with the only all-female, and LGBTQ performance ensembles in the area. CCT has earned its reputation as Best of the Best several times over, and has been recognized as one of the top 50 comedy clubs in the United States! As the “mothership” of improv in the area, CCT is proud to have also spawned several offshoot groups/theaters in Charlotte, as well as the Central Coast Comedy Theater in San Lois Obispo, CA, and the Big Island Comedy Theater in Hawaii (closed due to pandemic).
Where we are now
CCT lost our venue of a decade during the pandemic and focused our energies on helping to form the Visual & Performing Arts Center (VAPA) of Charlotte. This organization is bringing together 11 founding member organizations and 130 independent visual and healing artists in one building. The new site for VAPA and CCT was the old Sears building, then the County Service Building at 700 N. Tryon where our goal is to revitalize the neighborhood with the power of art. The first floor is dedicated to art exhibits and live performance art (this is where Charlotte Comedy Theater’s new theater and offices are located.) and the other levels are art studios, workshops, and training spaces (CCT’s training center room is on the lower level). CCT will open our training center on November 1, 2021, and our shows will resume as soon as we get our occupancy statement from the County, also scheduled for November of 2021.
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Don lives in Charlotte, NC. He has performed as a stand-up comedian for almost 5 years. His clean and witty comedic style is suitable for all ages. Voted Best Comedian 2020, by Queen City Nerve, Don has opened for Last Comic Standing winner Jon Reep. Don Don is a featured comic on Season 9 of DryBar Comedy. The Intro to Standup Comedy class will explore the process of creating and performing a standup comedy set.
Jack is a 31-year-old improviser from Charlotte, NC. He has been performing with the Charlotte Comedy Theater (CCT) for over a decade, a journey that has taken him to shows and festivals across the country. He has been an instructor to new improv students and coach to several house teams at the CCT. He has played on several house teams at CCT, including a long-running two-person show with the theater’s director and founder, Keli Semelsberger. Jack is a passionate performer and storyteller and believes deeply in all of his comedy stemming from his own life experiences. Apart from improv and comedy, he has led a colorful life living in West Africa as a teen, working as an EMT in Charlotte, NC, among other adventures. Jack currently lives in Charlotte with his wife, Bruna, and dog Dwight.
Abby is a homegrown CCT improvisor. She quickly realized a passion for improv as a creative outlet and has never looked back. Abby is a 2019 Charlotte Comedy Theater Playoffs champion and has performed on many of Charlotte’s stages with improvisers from all over the region. When she’s not teaching or coaching, you can catch her performing on several CCT teams, using her “Disney princess” voice to persuade woodland creatures to clean her house, or co-hosting a local food & comedy podcast.
Jen is an actor/comedian/fur mom originally from Virginia. She started her comedy education at the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC before heading back down south, and she’s been active in many facets of the Charlotte arts community for the last decade. You can currently find her performing sketch comedy with Robot Johnson and co-hosting a food and comedy podcast, Amused Bouche, with fellow improviser Abby Elfman. Jen adores spreading the love of improv and is excited to see what the future holds for the Charlotte comedy community.