Category: School News

This is hard. This wave of the Delta Variant pulled the rug out from under our well planned life. All of us. So we are going to postpone the start of classes until October in hopes that the current wave will have slipped back to Stage 3 or or better, 2. 

So let’s start again. 

This October, Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation will have a range of In-Person classes for you to attend. We’ll have Improv, Musical Improv, Stand Up , Storytelling, and some Master Classes with our good friend, Asaf Ronen. Plus we have a venue for shows! Stuff is happening In-Person in October at Merlin-Works. 

Please stay safe. Get vaccinated if you can. Wear a mask to stop the spread and then come join us in October. 

Also, we would like all our friends to please place their tongues between their lips and gently blow. Because that best expresses how we at Merlin Works feel today. (See Shana’s Instagram Post for more on this.)

Wall Street Journal Article about Applied Improv

My friend Dan sent me this article about Second City Corporate Training and presentation skills. February 6, 2007 MANAGING YOUR CAREER Improv Troupe Teaches Managers How to GiveBetter Presentations By JOANN S. LUBLIN February 6,…


New Austin Entertainment Website

Austin Circle of Theatres has launched a new website called that has all sorts of information about performances and classes around Austin. Here’s my listing.

Hot Trend: Speech Coaches

I just read this interesting article in the New York Times about the rise in demand for speech coaches, particularly for people in sales or small business owners. Here’s a bit of the article. Even…

Get Up Drawing

This is a drawing created by Angelica Brenner a while back for Out of Bounds Improv Festival. I’ve just gotten around to scanning it in. I think it’s really great.


Whose Improv is it Anyway?

I’m in the middle of reading Whose Improv is it Anyway?: Beyond Second City by Amy Seham and I’m REALLY digging it. I wasn’t sure I would because the book mainly focuses on the history…

Plays Extremely Well With Others

I had a chance to catch up on my reading (and my Gilmore Girls) over the holidays and finished Les McGehee’s book Plays Well With Others, which is apparently the first in a trilogy. The…


This Sunday nine of my students graduated from The Heroes School of Improvisational Theatre. We had a blast. The house was packed. The graduates were pumped. The show went swimmingly. I hate to jinx it,…