Merlin Works Code of Conduct

On Being a Supportive Performer 

Improv is a collaborative art form and at Merlin Works, our favorite improv happens when there is a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds, and experiences. Solo performance arts such as Storytelling and Stand-Up rely on feedback and collaboration in class. We encourage diverse and inclusive interactions and comments from all of our participants. At Merlin Works, we want everyone involved in our classes and workshops to feel comfortable, supported, and welcomed. It is how we learn best. 

It is a goal of the School that no individual be subjected to any unwelcome conduct that is or should be known to be offensive because of their gender, race, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or other protected category. Such behavior in any form will not be tolerated. 

Our School is not the typical workplace environment. The work that we do can sometimes address adult themes and engage “PG-13 rated” material. The atmosphere of the School and the larger community encourages social interactions and professional collaborations. While this may require a more nuanced reading of social cues than the more clearly defined office environment, it is the hope of Merlin Works that with a combination of communication, respect, and empathy, our community environment prioritizes safety.

So when participating in our classes, workshops, and shows, please behave in a way that is respectful of others regarding age, race, ability, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation so that all are welcome in our classrooms and our performances. Thank you for helping us sustain a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning community.

If you encounter unwanted behavior at Merlin Works you can talk directly to the offending person, talk to your teacher, reach out to the dean, or fill out this anonymous form

We have asked all our students, staff, and faculty to read and agree to this policy before participating in any of our events.

Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation 202 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

(This document and associated policy are adapted from HUGE and Arcade Theaters’ and The Region IV Public Health Training Center with gratitude.)


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