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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

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Taking this class is a great way to meet new people, learn how to act and talk spontaneously, and have a blast at the same time. It really helped me to think and act on my toes. And its refreshingly fresh in amongst a lot of other pre-prepared, and dry comedy elsewhere!

Level One

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Tue. Feb 16th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

Level One improv class with Jon Bolden (six weeks, skipping March 15)

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Thu. Feb 18th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

Level One improv class with Andy Crouch (six weeks)

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Sat. Feb 27th, 1:30pm-4:30pm. $209

Level One improv class with Caeriel Crestin (six weeks, possibly skipping a week during SXSW based on student preference)

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

Level One improv class with instructor TBA (six weeks)

Level Two
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Mon. Feb 15th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Two improv class with Quinn Buckner (six weeks, skipping March 14)

Level Three
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Tue. Feb 2nd, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Three improv class with Jessica Arjet (six weeks)

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Sun. Feb 21st, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Three improv class with Andy Crouch

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

Level Three improv class with Andy Crouch (six weeks, skipping March 14)

Level Four
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Thu. Feb 18th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

**NORTH LOCATION Level Four improv class with Valerie Ward (six weeks) **Classes held at 10603 Metric Blvd, #108

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Sun. Feb 21st, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

**NORTH LOCATION Level Four improv class with Andy Crouch (six weeks, skipping March 13) **Classes held at 10603 Metric Blvd, #108

Level Five

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Sat. Feb 13th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Five class with Courtney Hopkin (six weeks, skipping March 12)

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Tue. Feb 16th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Five improv class with Kareem Badr (six weeks, skipping March 15)

Level Six
Level Seven