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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Improv for Everyone

 

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.

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

Online Improv for Better Conversations

What if you could have better conversations? What if instead of feeling awkward and self-conscious, you had concrete tools to make your conversations flow easily? Every conversation is improvised. And the tools of improv can help you unlock better conversations with family, friends, dates, customers, co-workers, networking prospects, and even small-talk with strangers. If you’d like to have more satisfying conversations or just want to brush up on your chatting skills as we re-enter life in person, take this hands-on interactive workshop to get tools and practice you can use in any conversation.

Online Improv for Better Conversations
Wednesday, April 21 | 1-2:30 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin and Stephen Robinson, Chaplain at Seton Healthcare Family
Price: Pay What You Can $5- $25
Pay What You Can Improv for Better Conversations

Online Improv for Job Hunting

Career paths are improvised. There is risk-taking, rejection, twist, turns, relationship building, thinking on your feet and the need for confidence that seemingly comes from nowhere. If you’re feeling stuck or disheartened in your job search, this improv class will give you skills for developing resilience, telling your story, and acing that job interview. Join master improviser Shana Merlin with a Career Advice Expert for a hands-on, fun, interactive session that will boost your job hunt.

Online Improv for Job Hunting
Wednesday, May 5th | 1-2:30 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin and TBA Guest
Price: Pay What You Can $5- $25
Pay What You Can Improv for Job Hunting

Online Improv for Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate is about building strong connections, having fantastic listening skills, being a tough negotiator, and being able to problem solve on the fly. These are all improv skills! Join Shana Merlin, master improviser, and Hannah Williams, Keller Williams Realtor as they co-teach this fun, experiential class.

Online Improv for Real Estate Professionals
Wednesday, May 19th | 1-2:30 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin and Hannah Williams
Price: Pay What You Can $5-$25
Pay What You Can Improv for Realtors

Online Improv for Financial Professionals

Like improvisers, Financial Professionals must deal with uncertainty, listen deeply to their clients’ needs and motivations, and sell with confidence. In this workshop, we’ll get hands-on practice in the skills of improv that can be used not just on stage but in the office, on Zoom, and in the field.

Online Improv for Financial
Wednesday, May 26th | 1-2:30 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin and TBA Guest
Price: Pay What You Can $5-$25
Pay What You Can Improv for Financial Professionals


Free Panel Discussions

 

Yes And Consent

Yes And is one of the fundamental principles of improv. But what are the consequences of training everyone who joins an organization to accept whatever is offered to them? Many of the headlines about improv of past ten years have been about allegations of sexual misconduct, racial bias, and unsavory abuses of power. In this Panel Discussion we will explore how the concept of Yes And and consent have changed philosophically and practically on and off the improv stage.

Panel Discussion: Yes And Consent
Tuesday, April 20 | 12-1 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin, Megan Sherrod, Teacher of Intimacy: Deep Connection and Clear Consent,& Amy Averett, SAFE Institute Director
Via Zoom
Price: Free. Registration required
Register in advance for this meeting

The Worst: Most Embarrassing Moments, Mistakes, and Lessons Learned

In improv we say, “Mistakes are gifts.” So get ready to receive lots of juicy presents in this panel discussion on the failures, gaffes, oopsies, and uh-ohs that some of your favorite improv all-stars have experienced on stage. Learn from our mistakes, and repeat them if you think it would be fun.

Panel Discussion: Most Embarrassing Moments, Mistakes, and Lessons Learned
Tuesday, May 4 | 12-1 pm CDT
with Shana Merlin & TBA Guests
Via Zoom
Price: Free. Registration required
Register in advance for this meeting


Have questions about our classes? Email classes@merlin-works.com to contact us or to get on our email list.