Hideout LogoThe Hideout Theater

617 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701 Map

(512) H-I-D-E-O-U-T

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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?
We offer a two-hour Free Improv Class twice a month …more info

Q: How soon can I perform?
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 learned a lot about myself and how I think. I’m also more comfortable with failure as a normal part of the learning process in general, not just in performance. I always left class with more energy than when I got there.

Level One

Sat. Jun 10th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $209

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


Thu. Jun 15th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

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


Mon. Jun 26th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

Level One improv class with instructor TBA (six weeks)

Level Two

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

Level Two improv class with Courtney Hopkin (six weeks)

Only 5 Spots Left

Mon. Jun 5th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Two improv class with Andy Crouch (six weeks)

Level Three

Tue. Jun 6th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Three improv class with Caeriel Crestin (six weeks)

Level Four

Mon. Jun 5th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Four class with Ryan Austin (six weeks)

Level Five

Sold Out!

Sat. Jun 3rd, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Five improv class with Courtney Hopkin (six weeks)

Level Six
Level Seven

Tue. May 30th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $230

Level Seven improv class with Quinn Buckner (six weeks)