Free Intro to Improv

Want to test the water before you decide to take the plunge? At this free class you’ll get a sample of our style as we play fun, fast paced games. This class is for those who want to learn how to think faster on their feet, be more spontaneous and in the moment, reconnect with their creativity, be more confident speaking in public and just have more fun!

Free Intro to Improv | Tuesday January 5th | 7:30 – 10pm | with Shana Merlin

Free Intro to Improv Singing

At this free class you’ll get a sample of our style as we make up songs with a live musical improviser. It’s like karaoke, but you make up your own words! You don’t need to be a great singer, you just need to enjoy singing.

Free Intro to Improv Singing | Wednesday January 6th | 7:30 – 10pm | with Shana Merlin and Ryan Fechter


Improv Mixer (Free!)

Merlin Works hosts monthly improv mixers fourth Sundays 4pm – 6pm at The ZACH. The Mixer is  a free, facilitated improv comedy jam intended to introduce the joy of improv to new people and help existing improvisers make new connections.

The Mixer is open to the entire community: total newbies, current students, free agents, existing troupes looking for new members, coaches, or anyone who wants a free workout. At the beginning, any scouts and coaches will let the group know what they are looking for. Then an instructor will lead an improv warmup where everyone will get to know each other and get comfortable. Then we will be divided into groups for open scenework. It’s free, it’s fun, and you just might find the people to for your next show, troupe or dinner party.


LOCATION: The Whisenhunt Stage at ZACH 
1510 Toomey Road

(unless otherwise noted)

Fourth Sundays 4pm-6pm

  • February 28th (Kleberg, 1421 W. Riverside Dr.)
  • March 27th
  • April 24th 
  • May 22nd
  • June 26th
  • July 24th 
  • August 28th 
  • September 25th 
  •  October 23rd  

Parking info: Metered parking at The ZACH Theater, 1421 W. Riverside Dr. or 1510 Toomey Road


The Merlin Works Improv Mixer is sponsored by The ZACH Theatre.

Free Open Warmup Jam

Join the cast of our Second Sunday Improv Show in fun warm up improv games. An instructor leads group and paired activities to give you a taste of the improv spirit and to get the players ready for the show. All skill and experience levels welcome. After 45 minutes of games, head to the lobby for refreshments, get your tickets, and stick around to watch the show.

Second Sundays at 5:30pm in ZACH’s Kleberg Stage (unless otherwise noted)

2015 Jam Dates:

  • Sunday November 22nd: Improv Singing 201 showcase & Free Improv Jam Night with special guest Golden!
 2016 Jam Dates (beginning this year, all jams at Whisenhunt Theater, 1510 Toomey Road,  unless otherwise noted): 
  • February 7th 
  • March 13th (SPECIAL TIME: 6:30pm)
  • April 10th 
  • May 8th 
  • June 12th 
  • July 10th 
  • August 14th (SPECIAL TIME: 6:30pm)
  • September 11th 
  • October 9th
  • November 13th 
  • November 20th