Improv Storytelling and Singing

My specialty workshops were exciting for me. For the first time I taught an Advanced Storytelling class. I took all the improvised story structures I knew and we explored different narrative techniques. The storytelling aspect of improv is one of my favorite aspects. All the time when I am watching TV or movies, I am on the look out for scenes I never see in improv. So many improv scenes feel like improv scenes. They have that special improv tone and rules of reality. I want to expand what is possible or even common on the improv stage. To play all kinds of characters and have all kinds of moments.

Then my improvised singing workshop was a big hit. There is something very special about improvised singing. I’m not sure if it’s that it requires a whole different kind of risk taking, or that it forces you to improvise because you can’t wait until you’re ready to start talking. The class was so fun. There’s something special about an improvised singing class is that it’s almost as much fun to watch the other students as it is to perform yourself.

After class the group went to Opal Divines (Austin Improv’s Favorite Hangout) to relax, fuel up, and talk about the class. Everybody enjoyed it and wanted to do more. One brilliant student came up with the idea of me teaching a six week improvised singing workshop. It was a great idea. I don’t know why I’d never thought of it. I asked around the table and everyone was interested, as long as it fit in their improv addicted schedules. So this month for the first time I’m offering a full course on improvised singing.

About Shana Merlin

Merlin Works is the brainchild of Shana Merlin: improviser, teacher, and performer. Since 1996, she’s been leading classes that stretch people’s imaginations, push them out of their comfort zones, and make them laugh out loud for hours at a time.

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