Merlin Works and Gnap! Theater Projects Second Anniversary Weekend starts Friday!

I wanted to let you know about some special events happening this weekend: It’s Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation’s Second Anniversary!

It’s been two years since Merlin Works and Gnap! had our big grand opening at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. And you have helped make it such a success. I’ll be around all weekend, so please come to SVT this weekend to join me in celebrating two years of shows, classes and community. Here’s the schedule:


8pm: Show: Two newish Gnap! troupes full of Merlin Works Graduates, Casual Whale and Hugaday, will open for Splendid Things from Minneapolis.

10pm: Party: Merlin Works/Gnap! Second Anniversary Party. This party is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Free drinks, food, and dance music by DJ Manateeman. RSVP on Facebook


1pm – 4pm: Class: Splendid Things teach Improv Outside Yourself

8pm: My troupe, Get Up, will join Splendid Things in an epic of improv goodness.

10pm: The Newest Gnap! Troupe, Anticdotes, will open up for the predictably unpredictable The Knuckleball Now.


1pm – 4pm: Class: Splendid Things teach Emotional Keys (I’m registered for this class myself 🙂

Tickets and Registration Info:

Buy Weekend Passes for the low low price of $15. Buy tickets to individual shows for $5-$10. Register for theSaturday and Sunday Classes for $40. If you are a current student, you get in to see shows free with your student pass if seats are available at showtime, but you should buy tickets if you want to guarantee yourself a seat.

Splendid Things brings together three of the Twin Cities’ top improvisers to create comedy with emotional intensity, intelligence and a distinctively theatrical style. They mix grounded, naturalistic scenework with dark absurdism for an improv show that manages to be sober and ridiculous at once. The group’s members have performed together in various capacities over the years, but Splendid Things marks the first time that all three have joined forces. Splendid Things is Eric Knobel, Hannah Kuhlmann and Michael Ritchie… can you believe it?

More info at

I hope to see you this weekend. Thanks so much for your support!

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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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