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.)

The Heroes Journey and Improv

For the past year or so I’ve been mildly obsessed with the book The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler The book is intended as a guide for screenwriters on how to…

Farr Better Animation

In an earlier post I mentioned improvising for Green Screen and Motion Capture for Sara Farr’s animation project. Well, some of the photos and animation is starting to come together. For the motion capture we…


Newsletter Article: Book Review Yes Man

[This article orginially appeared in the Merlin-Works December News Letter] Book Review: Yes Man by Danny WallaceBy Shana Merlin From the moment I saw this book on the shelf at Book People, I knew I…


Austin Wide Open Magazine features Merlin-Works

A new local magazine, Austin Wide Open, has a feature article about improv at the Hideout. Here’s an excerpt about Merlin-Works: Another veteran performer, Shana Merlin hasperformed with numerous troupes includingParanoias, The Oxymorons and ultimately…

Narration, Improv, and TV

Shannon and I in “Get Up” have been working on finding our new show format. So we’ve started exploring narration as a tool in long form. It’s a powerful device and something that up to…