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617 Congress Ave
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Classes

It’s Never Too Late to Take a Risk

The Hideout Theatre has been offering improv classes to working actors, disgruntled engineers, college students, kids and all manner of Austinites since 1999. Hundreds of people have discovered improv as a fun hobby, a unique art form and a powerful tool in their personal and professional lives.

We offer five levels of six-week classes, with Level One classes starting on weekends and week nights every month.

For students eager to perform on the Hideout stage, Levels Two through Four culminate in informal student showcases for friends and family, and students in the Level Five class create and performing a month-long run of Sunday shows. We also offer master classes for experienced improvisers and create custom team-building and fun-having workshops for groups and companies.

The Hideout is at the epicenter of Austin’s current improv explosion with sold-out shows every weekend like Maestro, Improvised Shakespeare, Start Trekkin’ and This Week Tonight. Our instructors are experienced and passionate and our curriculum (based on the work of Keith Johnstone, one of the founders of modern improvisation) emphasizes the magically risky nature of improv.

We also offer Classes for Children. Check out Flying Theatre Machine for more information.

 

Classes FAQ

Q: Where do I start?
A: Register for one of our Level One classes (schedule below) …more info

Q: Can I test drive the classes?
A:
We offer a two-hour Free Improv Class twice a month …more info

Q: How soon can I perform?
A:
Levels Two through Six culminate student showcases in the Weekender. Graduates of Level Three are eligible to play Maestro …more info

Q: Do I HAVE to perform?
A: You can always opt out of the student showcases, but we’re pretty sure that at the end of twelve weeks of improv, you’ll be itching to try it out on stage …more info

Q: Can I skip Level One?
A: Probably not, but we’re open to extenuating circumstances …more info

Q: How do I do more?
A: We offer regular Essential Elective classes on Tuesdays and four-week Extended Electives throughout the year …more info

More Classes FAQ

I’m officially addicted to the risk, the joy, the learning, the supportive environment and instructors at the Hideout. You guys should start a cult — I would totally join.

Level One

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Mon. Jan 16th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

Level One improv class with Caeriel Crestin (six weeks) **Class held at the Hideout Theatre (617 Congress Ave)

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Thu. Jan 26th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

Level One improv class with Ryan Austin (six weeks) **Class held at Hideout Studios (2505 E 6th St, Unit C)

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Sat. Jan 28th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $209

Level One improv class with Rob Yoho (six weeks) **Class held at the Hideout Theatre (617 Congress Ave)

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Tue. Feb 21st, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

Level One improv class with instructor TBA (six weeks) **Class held at the Hideout Theatre (617 Congress Ave)

Level Two
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Tue. Jan 24th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Two improv class with Shannon Stott (six weeks)

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Mon. Feb 27th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Two improv class with Caeriel Crestin (six weeks)

Level Three
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Sat. Feb 18th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Three improv class with Caeriel Crestin (six weeks)

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Mon. Feb 20th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Three improv class with Andy Crouch (six weeks)

Level Four
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Thu. Feb 16th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Four improv class with Sarah Marie Curry (six weeks, skipping 3/16)

Level Five
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Tue. Jan 24th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Five improv class with Jessica Arjet (six weeks)

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Sat. Jan 28th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Five improv class with Courtney Hopkin (six weeks)

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Mon. Feb 20th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $0

Level Five improv class with Quinn Buckner and Rob Yoho (six weeks)

Level Six
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Sat. Jan 21st, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Six improv class with Kacey Samiee (six weeks)

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Tue. Feb 21st, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Six improv class with Quinn Buckner and Rob Yoho (six weeks)

Level Seven

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Mon. Feb 20th, 7:00pm-9:55pm. $230

Level Seven improv class with Roy Janik (3 weeks, meeting on Mondays and Tuesdays, 3 hours per session)