Go Deeper

Stretch yourself further in these unique classes that are meant to take your improv to the next level.

For our specialty classes, the teachers create their own curriculum based on their passion and experience.

Other Details

  • Each class meets for one or more sessions via Zoom
  • Classes have unlimited students, unless noted otherwise
  • Completion of Improv 101 or equivalent is recommended but not required
  • Each class is taught by a veteran improvisor/instructor
  • Instructors have created the class titles, descriptions and curriculums based on their own expertise and interests.

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Specialty Improv Classes

 

Online Grounded Narrative Longform (Dramady)

Our Dramady (a mix of comedy and drama) Improv workshop will offer you skills to slow (and perhaps stop) the scene from racing to crazy town, exploring new places to go from your “default moves,” or just to add another set of tools to your Improv tool belt.

We will dive headfirst into a character’s emotions and their life-like relationships. We will tap into characters you know or characters you would love to play who are not like you. We will use deep listening techniques to hone in on connecting through patience even when your heart is racing and your adrenaline is pumping. This workshop will ask you to slow down, play it real, and not fear the dark places that an improvised show can go while giving you space to play while learning.
(4 meetings)

Online Grounded Narrative Longform (Dramady)
Tuesdays 7-9 pm | February 2 – 23
with Paul Normandin
Price: $100
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Online Improv On Your Phone

You don’t need a fancy computer or tablet, webcam, microphone or light to do virtual improv. We can do it on our phones. And the portable nature can free us up for all sorts of possibilities. Charge up your smartphone and your imagination as we make the art of improv comedy even more accessible.
(1 meeting)

Online Improv On Your Phone
Sunday, January 31 | 4-5:30 pm
with Shana Merlin & Sarah Doering
Price: $20
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Online Improv to Create the Life You Dream

Join Coach Chanel for a combination of two things she loves the most: life coaching and teaching improv! Using interactive tools from improvisation and formal training as a coach and facilitator, you will use this workshop to envision the life that is your wildest dreams. Improv at Merlin works is about being EPIC, and this session will help you to maximize the epic in your daily life. This workshop is for anyone of all ages, backgrounds, and improv experience who wants some improv-fueled support in starting their new year off right!
(1 meeting)

Email classes@merlin-works.com to get on the waitlist.

Online Improv for Stress Management

If you’re feeling a heightened level of stress, and your normal “go-tos” for self-care and stress management aren’t working, this workshop series is for you! This experiential series provides participants with an interactive and engaging opportunity to explore and understand self-care in a new way through the blending of improv, brain science basics, and psychological frameworks. Join us for fun, connection, and to learn new skills!

This workshop will be led by Lacy Alana, LCSW – a clinical therapist. However, this is *not* a therapy group, and is open to all!
(3 meetings)

Online Improv for Stress Management
TBD
with Lacy Alana
Price: $40
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Free Panel Discussions

 

Art of Improv

Join veteran improvisers, actors, and directors Shana Merlin, Sarah Marie Curry, Chuy Zarate and more as they host a panel discussion about the Art of Improvisational Theater and Comedy. Submit questions live in the Zoom Room about improv theory, teaching, performing or whatever you like! Great for new improvisers, students, geeks, or anyone curious about the art form.

Email classes@merlin-works.com to get on the waitlist.

Business of Improv

Shana Merlin, the founder of Merlin Works is also the founder of the longest continuously and currently running troupe in Austin: Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals, founded in 2003. Not only has this group won all the major improv awards in Austin, they are also a sisterhood of dear friends. How do you keep an improv group running that long? How do you foster community while pursuing creative excellence. Join Shana, along with Paul Normandin and other experienced improvisers explore the mechanics of how to make improv groups run smoothly day-to-day and year-to-year.

Business of Improv
Friday, February 12 | 1-2pm
with Shana Merlin
& Paul Normandin
Register in advance for this meeting

Applied Improv

What does improv have to teach us about our lives off the stage? How can improv training help us be better at work, family, and personal lives? How can you get into the business of Applied Improv for yourself? Join Merlin Works Founder Shana Merlin, Con Claro founder Cynthia Oelkers, and more to explore these questions. Join us live in the zoom room for a fun and lively Q&A session.

Applied Improv
Tuesday March 2 | 1-2pm
with Shana Merlin
& Cynthia Oelkers
Register in advance for this meeting

Improv for Everyone

 

Online Improv for Nurses

Join Lindsey Reeves, MSN, RN, CDCES, and Shana Merlin, Merlin Works Founder and Affiliate at the Center for Health Communication at UT Austin, to explore what improv skills nurses use in their everyday work. We will all get hands on practice with improv activities and follow that with a robust discussion of how we can apply those concepts and tools to increase our joy, productivity, and patient outcomes.

Email classes@merlin-works.com to get on the waitlist.

Online Improv for New Moms

Merlin Works Founder and mom of a six year old and an eight year old, Shana Merlin will be partnering with Jen Hill: architect, experienced improviser, a mom of a three-year old boy, and soon-to-be mom of another baby boy. Together they will explore what improv skills they use in their everyday life as parents trying to make dinner, get the kids shoes on and still find time to actually play with and enjoy our little ones. We will all get hands on practice with improv activities and follow that with a robust discussion of how we can apply those concepts and tools to increase our joy, show up for our kids, and hold on to our sanity. Little ones welcome!

Online Improv for New Moms
Wednesday, January 27 | 1 – 2:30pm
with Shana Merlin and Jen Hill
Price: Pay What You Can $5- $25
Pay What You Can

Online Improv For Therapists

Join improviser and practicing therapist Lacy Alana, LCSW, RSW with Merlin Works Founder Shana Merlin in this engaging and practical session. We’ll explore the enormous overlaps in the worlds of therapy and improvisation and give you hands-on experience with new tools and techniques you can use with your clients. Great for therapists and counselors who work with kids, families, couples, individuals, and groups.

Online Improv For Therapists
Wednesday, February 17 | 1 – 2:30pm
with Shana Merlin and Lacy Alana
Price: Pay What You Can $5- $25
Pay What You Can

Online Improv For Pediatricians

Join improviser and practicing pediatrician Dr. Sunaina Suhag and Merlin Works Founder and Medical Communications Expert Shana Merlin as they explore the many ways the skills of improv are key skills in the art of medicine. Get a primer in the rules of improv to be more present, quickly build trust, and improve outcomes for patience, practitioners, and medical organizations. Walk away with practical tools you can use with your patients, partners, and the public.

Online Improv For Pediatricians
Wednesday, March 3 | 1 – 2:30pm
with Shana Merlin and Dr. Sunaina Suhag
Price: Pay What You Can $5- $25
Pay What You Can

Online Improv for Chefs

The restaurant industry has to pivot like no other in 2020. From re-doing their safety procedures to re-inventing their entire businesses, restauranteurs have had to adapt, change, grow, and learn. The improv experts at Merlin Works will be partnering with an actual real-life Chef to explore what improv skills they use in their everyday life. We will all get hands-on practice with improv activities and follow that with a robust discussion of how we can apply those concepts and tools to grow our business, work more harmoniously with our team members, and have a growth mindset in these difficult times.

Online Improv for Chefs
Wednesday, March 10 | 1 – 2:30pm
with Shana Merlin
Price: $20
Registration Open Soon:
 

Online Improv For Lawyers

Improv is about being present in the moment, listening, thinking fast on your feet, and collaborating with others. Practicing law requires much of the same skill set. Join veteran deputy public defender from the Bay Area, Alfred Spielmann and Merlin Works Founder Shana Merlin as they lead you through hands-on activities that can strengthen your practice, refresh your spirit, and lighten your load.

Online Improv For Lawyers
Wednesday, March  24 | 1 – 2:30pm
with Shana Merlin and Alfred Spielmann
Price: Pay What You Can $5- $25
Pay What You Can

Online Improv for Couples

The couple that plays together, stays together. Being able to laugh, play, diffuse tension and enjoy your partner is one of the keys to successful relationships. Join nationally-known couples therapist John Howard, LMFT and Merlin Works Founder Shana Merlin to explore what improv skills couples can use in their everyday lives. We will all get hands-on practice with improv activities and follow that with a robust discussion of how we can apply those concepts and tools to increase our connection, be a good partner, and grow together.

Online Improv for Couples
Wednesday, March 31 | 1 – 2:30pm
with Shana Merlin and John Howard, LMFT
Price: Pay What You Can $5- $25
Pay What You Can