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617 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701 Map

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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

The Hideout’s Level One improv class is this year’s box office surprise. I laughed, I cried, and at times… I was a little afraid. Andy Crouch delivers a dynamic powerhouse performance worthy of an Oscar nod, but its the strong supporting cast that really made Level One work. 5 Stars, 2 Thumbs Up, 92% on Rottentomatoes.com

Level One

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Sun. Apr 2nd, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $209

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

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Mon. Apr 17th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

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

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Sat. May 6th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $209

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

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Thu. May 11th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

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

Level Two
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Thu. Mar 23rd, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Two improv class with Ryan Austin and Megan Sherrod (six weeks)

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Tue. Apr 25th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $216

Level Two improv class with Manuel Duran (six weeks)

Level Three
Level Four
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Sat. Apr 8th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Four improv class with instructor TBA (six weeks)

Level Five

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Thu. Apr 6th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Five improv class with Sarah Marie Curry (six weeks)

Level Six
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Tue. Mar 21st, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Six improv class with Jessica Arjet (six weeks)

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Sat. Mar 25th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Six improv class with Courtney Hopkin (six weeks)

Level Seven
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Thu. Apr 20th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $230

Level Seven improv class with Courtney Hopkin (six weeks) **Class held at Hideout Studios (2505 E 6th St, Unit C)