beginner improv class


Learn the basics of improv.

Have fun and meet new friends while playing improv games in a relaxed and safe environment.

Over the first three levels, you’ll learn the skills and confidence for your big Improv 301 Graduation Show.

  • Each class meets for eight two-hour sessions at The ZACH Theatre (unless otherwise noted)
  • Classes have between 6-16 students
  • Each class is taught by a veteran improvisor/instructor
  • Early bird registration saves you $25
  • Some students get performance opportunities in monthly improv shows at ZACH
  • Students get in free to Merlin Works Second Saturday shows.

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Beginner Improv

Improv 101: The Spirit of Play

Learn the fundamentals of improvisation. The class’s interactive exercises build listening and communication skills, heighten awareness and teach you how to be more playful, spontaneous and flexible. Dive into Yes And, Storytelling, and Performance Games. All while playing and laughing with your new improv buddies.
(8 meetings. Class size limit = 16)

Improv 101
Mondays 7 – 9 pm
Jan. 9 – March 6
No Class January 16
with Joey Neugart &
Daniella DeVerona
at Creative Action
1023 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 3
Austin, TX 78721

Price: $230
$25 Early Bird Discount ends Dec. 26
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Register with a friend and BOGO class 1/2 off!

Improv 201: Improv Toolbelt

Learn scene work fundamentals such as sharing the stage, characters, body language, scene starts, mime work, comedy, listening, acting, and stage skills. Fill up your Improv Toolbelt, so you are ready to perform anytime, anywhere. We explore fuller scenes and comedy show games while having fun and celebrating risk-taking. (8 meetings. Class size limit = 16)

Improv 201
Mondays 7 – 9 PM
Jan. 9 – March 6
No Class January 16
with Hayato DeSouza
at The ZACH Theatre
1510 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704

Price: $230
$25 Early Bird discount ends Dec. 26
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Improv 301: Improv Comedy for Performance

Learn about different kinds of short-form improv comedy games using verbal restrictions, emotional changes, jump and justify, physicality, audience interaction, monologues, and film and TV styles. By the end of the workshop, you will be ready for your Improv 301 Graduation Show: a public performance in front of a paying audience.
(8 meetings. Class size limit = 12)

Improv 301
Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Jan. 11 – March 1
with Jo Chauvin
at The ZACH Theatre
1510 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
Student Showcase March 4
at Creative Action
1023 Springdale Rd Bldg 3
Austin, TX 78721

Price: $230
$25 Early Bird discount ends Dec. 26

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Email classes@merlin-works.com if you’d like to join the mailing list to receive updates regarding upcoming classes.

Master Improvised Storytelling.

Collect the training and tools to perform longform unscripted comedic plays, movies and stories.

At the end of these three classes, you’ll perform a show in the genre of your choosing with your classmates at our theater.

Advanced Narrative Improv

Improv 401: Intro to Narrative Improv

Turn your short-form skills into long-form wizardry! Learn to understand the principles of narrative improv and how you can turn a short-form improv scene into the opening of a narrative play. At least three class levels of improv experience are required. (8 meetings. Class size limit = 14)

Intro to Narrative Improv
Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Jan. 17 – March 7
with Kevin Percival
at The ZACH
1510 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704

Price: $230
$25 Early Bird discount ends Dec. 26.

Improv 501: Stitching Scenes Into Stories

Inspired by the mythic hero’s journey, we begin to put together scenes to create longer, more complicated stories focused around a central character. Each week we learn different techniques for initiating the next scene in the story such as establishing secondary characters, edits and wipes, exploring environment, emotional journeys, pursuing objectives and shaping the show. (8 meetings. Class Size Limit = 12)

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Improv 601: Perform a Narrative Longform Show

This workshop we will prepare the ensemble for a long-form narrative show in our Improv Comedy Showcase. We will explore format, genre, and styles–combining strong scene work and narrative structure to create unscripted plays with multiple storylines and arcs. This workshop will come full circle as we take time to return to the roots of improvisation to inspire spontaneous ensemble play. (Improv 601 Special: 8 classes and 1 show. Class Size Limit = 12)

Improv 601
Mondays 7-9 PM
Jan. 9 – March 6
No Class January 16
Graduation show March 11
with Tyler Brycelove
at Creative Action
1023 Springdale Rd., Bldg 3
Austin, TX 78721

Price: $230
$25 Earlybird discount ends Dec. 26.
Register securely with Paypal:

Email classes@merlin-works.com if you’d like to join the mailing list to receive updates regarding upcoming classes.