May Applied Improv Workshops begin next week!

Improv is for Everybody!

  • Sign up for a specialty class to grow your improv performance skills
  • Are you in the Realty or Finance fields? Register for our niche Improv classes catered specifically for you!
  • Back by popular demand: Improv for Therapists!

May Specialty Classes

Wednesday, May 19 | 1 – 2:30 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin, Master Improviser, and
Hannah Williams, Realtor Keller Willams

Real Estate is about building strong connections, having fantastic listening skills, being a tough negotiator, and being able to problem solve on the fly. These are all improv skills! Join Shana Merlin, master improviser, and Hannah Williams, Keller Williams Realtor as they co-teach this fun, experiential class.

Wednesday, May 26 | 1 – 2:30 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin, Master Improviser, and
Betsy Smith, Investment Analytics and Data Manager at Dimensional Fund Advisors

Like improvisers, Financial Professionals must deal with uncertainty, listen deeply to their clients’ needs and motivations, and sell with confidence. In this workshop, we’ll get hands-on practice in the skills of improv that can be used not just on stage but in the office, on Zoom, and in the field.

Thursday, May 27th | 6-7:30 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin, Master Improviser, and Lacy Alana, LCSW/RSW

Join improviser and practicing therapist Lacy Alana, LCSW/RSW with Merlin Works Founder Shana Merlin in this engaging and practical session. Improv offers both concrete tools and activities for sessions AND unique frameworks for understanding co-regulation, presence, flexibility, and attachment and meeting your clients where they are.

Whether you’re looking for new activities for your sessions, or looking to level up your therapist game – this workshop is for you! This is great for therapists (and related professionals) who work with kids, families, couples, individuals, and groups.

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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