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.)

New Improv 101 class

I started a new Improv 101 class at the State Theatre on Wednesday. The class went really well. A good mix of genders, ages, and experience. And even had a student show up who had…


Time Jumps and Non Linear Storytelling

In Sunday’s GGG rehearsal, we worked on time jumps and non-linear storytelling. I think it can really open up our stories, which so far have only move forward in time, usually with little time passing…


24 (minutes) at Austin Improv Co-op

This Friday Shannon and I had our third performance of “24 (minutes)” but our first performance as our two person troupe, GET UP. Overall it was a swell time. The house was a nice size…


More Positive Feedback

Here’s an email I received from one of the School-Works participants: “I just wanted to thank you for providing us with the best workshop I’ve ever attended at ACC! I got so much good information…


Funny Girls Girls Girls

A feature article on Girls Girls Girls is appearing in Austin Woman Magazine this month. Major props to Matt Vance for making it all happen. Check out the whole thing Funny Girls Girls Girls. There’s…


School-Works Rocks

Today I finished the first of the 2-day training sessions for the faculty at Austin Community College Department of Visual Communication. I have to say that it was a resounding success. My greatest compliment was…


Merlin-Works Showtime

Merlin-Works had a private improv show last night for the Regents School of Austin. It was a short-form show starring myself, Shannon McCormick, and Ben Sterling. The youth really enjoyed it, especially the audience participation…