Merlin Works Diversity Scholarships


Merlin Works is training the improvisers of tomorrow, and we want the voices on our stages to reflect our audiences and community. And we believe that diversity happens when one is intentional about it. In this spirit, we offer the Merlin Works Diversity Scholarship to foster diversity both onstage and off.

This renewable scholarship is good from the first level of the chosen program through to its completion, contingent on satisfactory attendance and success in class. The Merlin Works Diversity Scholarship primarily aims to further open the world of Austin Improv to persons of color, though individuals who identify with any underprivileged background, culture, or community are welcome to apply.

Read more about our thoughts on Spontaneity Without Stereotypes.

Scholarship Application 

You may apply for an Outreach Scholarship in our Comedy School by filling out this form, along with any other required materials. Scholarship recipients must be at least 18 years old.


Application awards are based on availability and need.

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. Chris Villafano said:

    Hi Shana, I submitted the application for the Merlin Works Diversity Scholarship, but I’m assuming that I can submit the head-shot and financial proof at a later date.

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