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617 Congress Ave
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Levels 1-3

LEVEL ONE: PLAYING WITH RISK

Have fun, meet new people and learn to improvise in the Hideout’s low-pressure classes. This six-week workshop is designed for anyone who wants to loosen up, be more spontaneous and learn to take risks on stage and in life. Each week you’ll play games and explore a challenging variety of improv exercises that unleash your natural creativity and humor.

Our work is inspired by Canadian improv guru Keith Johnstone (author of Impro) so even if you’ve done some improv in the past, you’ll find the Hideout’s approach uniquely inspiring. Whether you’re just looking for a fun experience, or you think improv might just be your new thing, Level One is the perfect place to get started. Classes meet for six weeks, three hours each week, limit 16 students.

Special Note: We’re offering North Austin classes now, check the class listings below.

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LEVEL TWO: PLAYING WITH RULES

You took Level One and you’re intrigued. You had fun, risked failure gracefully and gave yourself permission to not try so hard. This second workshop in our introductory series continues your playful exploration of improvisation and invites you to embrace the structure, boundaries and rules that help us us improvise better faster. We’ll investigate the fundamental elements that make scenes and games work — with emphasis on how to bravely initiate scenes and present yourself with confidence throughout. Classes meet six times for three hours each week, limit 16 students. Level Two culminates in a brief student showcase for friends and family in the Sunday Weekender.

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LEVEL THREE: PLAYING WITH PERFORMANCE

In the final level of our introductory series you’ll discover techniques for knocking out satisfying scenes and games (beginning, middle and end) without stress or effort. Learn to tell a story with a compelling platform and a killer tilt. Learn to find the game, heighten and explore. Learn to nail the ending with a callback or counter-tilt. Learn lots of improv jargon. Classes meet six times for three hours each week, limit 14 students. Level Three culminates in a student showcase, and after Level Three students are eligible to play in the Hideout’s Saturday night show Maestro.

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 specialty workshops and produce a variety of student performance opportunities every month …more info

More Classes FAQ

The experience I had taking Improv Level One at the Hideout was the most fun I’ve had in a really long time. It was such as blast doing the improv exercises and scene work! I never thought I would be able to get so much out of my comfort zone, embarrass myself in public (and even make the public laugh sometimes), and have such a good time doing it!

Level One
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Tue. Mar 7th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

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

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Sun. Apr 2nd, 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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Mon. Apr 10th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $209

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

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

Level Two improv class with Caeriel Crestin (six weeks)

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Sat. Mar 11th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. $215

Level Two improv class with Rob Yoho (six weeks)

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

Level Two improv class with Ryan Austin and Megan Sherrod (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 27th, 7:00pm-10:00pm. $215

Level Three improv class with Andy Crouch (six weeks, skipping March 13 for SXSW)