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

Compared to other Level One classes that I’ve taken, I got the most out of this one. I think that a great environment for growth was fostered in the classroom, and that everyone benefited from it.

Level One

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Sun. Feb 22nd, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $189

NORTH AUSTIN** Level One improv class with Ryan Austin (six weeks) **Class meets at 10603 Metric Blvd, #108


Mon. Mar 23rd, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $189

Level One improv class with Andy Crouch (six weeks)


Sat. Mar 28th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $189

Level One improv class with Troy Miller (six weeks)


Thu. Apr 16th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $189

Level One improv class with instructor TBA (six weeks)


Sat. May 2nd, 1:30pm-4:30pm. $189

Level One improv class with Andy Crouch (six weeks, skipping May 16)


Tue. May 19th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $189

Level One improv class with instructor TBA (six weeks)