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 at the ZACH Theatre
  • 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 improviser/instructor
  • Instructors have created the class titles, descriptions and curriculums based on their own expertise and interests.

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Improv Workshops

 

Master Class: Physical Improv

Learn what blocks you from throwing yourself more into your body and your environment when you improvise. By freeing up the body, students will discover new characters, different approaches to creating a relationship onstage, and tools to add variety to their scene work. Minimize the reliance on dialogue and learn how to communicate solely through physical nuance using techniques that incorporate elements of clowning, mime, and environmental work into your improvisation. (4 meetings)

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Master Class: Directing Improv

Improv might be the most challenging of the performing arts for a director to skillfully mold his cast, and this class will show you how to get the most out of your improvisers whether in a class or a rehearsal. Techniques for creating lesson plans, orchestrating rehearsals, and giving notes will be explored. Participants will apply the techniques through hands-on experience directing each other to finding the balance between asserting their artistic voice as a director while not stifling the artistic voice of their improvisers.
(4 meetings. Class size limit 8.)

Master Class: Directing Improv
Wednesdays 7-9pm
January 12-February 2
with Asaf Ronen
at Creative Action
Price: $150.
$20 Refund with proof of vaccination.
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Master Class: Improv Diagnostics

No lesson plans. Instead, the focus is on pinpointing the individual students’ tendencies. Find out what your strengths are and where you could explore further. Working in a non-stop series of short, quick scenes, you will learn what your patterns are and how to break them through personalized challenges. Maximized stage time guaranteed. Great for beginners who want to develop new skills and for professionals who want to keep fresh. (4 meetings)

Master Class: Improv Diagnostics
Wednesdays 7-9pm
February 9-March 2
with Asaf Ronen
at Creative Action
Price: $100
$12.50 Refund with proof of vaccination.
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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. Improv offers both concrete tools and activities for sessions AND unique frameworks for understanding co-regulation, presence, flexibility, and attachment and meeting your clients where they are. Whether you’re looking for new activities for your sessions, or looking to level up your therapist game – this workshop is for you! This is great for therapists (and related professionals) who work with kids, families, couples, individuals, and groups.

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


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