Chanel Geter: Merlin Works diversity scholarship recipient late summer 2018

Chanel Geter is the most recent Merlin Works student to be awarded the Diversity Scholarship. The Merlin Works Diversity Scholarship was created to foster diversity both onstage and off. It primarily aims to further open the world of Austin Improv to people of color, though individuals who identify with any minority background, culture, or community are welcome to apply.

Chanel has already taken 101 and 201 with Merlin Works, and says she’s interested in improv because “it’s a really effective outlet for my energy, I believe I have a knack for it, and I really enjoy the opportunity to improv with others and explore our ability to grow on stage!”

Her diverse cultural sensibilities and blended sense of humor include an appreciation for mostly-white ’80s action movies, Black sitcoms from the ’90s, alternative rock from the 2000s, and hip-hop. She says she also feels comfortable in front of a diverse audience.

“I am also still looking to discover my authentic voice through the process of studying improv,” she said.

About Karina

Karina Dominguez is the registrar and assistant to the Dean of Merlin Works Institute of Improvisation. She graduated from the Merlin Works program in December 2011 with three performances of "The Amazing Improvised Race." She is a full-time actor with commercial credits such as Burger King, Ford, Totino's, H-E-B and various departments for the State of Texas. She was last seen in the opening episode of the second season of "American Crime", and as the welcome video ranger in the second season of HBO's "The Leftovers", and as Helah in the first season of "The Chosen". She also performs on-stage in various Austin, TX plays including for Capital T Theatre, The Vortex, Vestige Group, Pollyanna Theater among others.

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