Affordability, Austin and Improv

The Winter 2016 Classes will be open for registration soon. Before they do, I just wanted to give you all a head’s up about some price changes. The good news is we’ve renewed our contract with ZACH Theater for another year full of classes, re-vamped mixers, and shows. The bad news is they are raising our rent and we’ll be raising our class prices to account for that new expense.

We haven’t increased our prices since at least 2013, if not longer. Our old prices put us as some of the least expensive classes per hour in Austin, and the new increase of $25/class (12.5%) will put us on par with other classes in town. Our talking improv classes will now be $225 and singing improv classes will be $275. I know with the new parking situation, it’s a bit of a double whammy and the way things are going in Austin these days. And that sucks.

However, we are committed to keeping classes accessible with early bird discounts, monthly free events, internships, and diversity scholarships. (Contact for more information on all of these.) We are also committed to paying our teachers and artists well for their talent and time.

I’m available if anyone wants to talk about these changes or anything else going on with the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation. We are so grateful for our fabulous student base. You guys are the ones that make this an awesome, living, breathing, creative thing.


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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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