And the Nominees Are . . .

Well, I guess it’s just awards season. The Austin Improv Collective announced the nominees for the first annual AIC Awards, and I’m really excited and honored to get several nominations personally and for Girls Girls Girls:



5. Most Playful & Accepting Improviser
Chris Trew
Chris Allen
Jen Cargill
Shana Merlin

6. Most Improved Improviser (over the past year)
Gene Joe
James Roberts
Wes Baine
Eric Heiberg
Jason Vines
(okay, so I wasn’t nominated for this category, but 4 out of 5 have studied with me this year.)

7. Best Character Work
Arthur Simone
Erika May
Chris Allen
Shana Merlin

10. Best Female Improviser
Erika May
Shana Merlin
Rachel Madorsky
Jen Cargill

13. Best Coach/Teacher/Director
Shan Merlin
Jeremy Lamb
Dave Buckman
Andy Crouch


16. Troupe With The Best Promotional Materials (and swag)
Improv for Evil
Girls Girls Girls

17. The Best Troupe
Girls Girls Girls
The Available Cupholders
The Frank Mills

22. Most Enjoyable Format
The Dark Blood Lords – Choose Your Own Adventure
Girls Girls Girls – The Musical
3-2-1 Kill

23. Best Workshop
Freestyle Rapping with Phil Aulie and Chris Trew
Improvised Singing with Shana Merlin
Contact Improv with Arthur Simone
Acting for Improvisers with Rachel Madorsky

..To vote, copy and paste this ballot with your top choice into an email and send it to

You have until 9 am on Wednesday, November 1st to vote, and the ‘winner’ will be announced on November 12th at the AIC Thanksgiving & Appreciation Party.

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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  1. Dano said:

    Hey, Shana. Do I have to be a collective member to vote for you? And if so, how will you buy my vote?


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