Improv Classes FAQ

Q: Where do I start?

A: Register for one of our Level One: Intro to Improvisation classes. It’s a life-changing six-week introduction to the style of improv we teach and perform at the Hideout Theatre.

Q: Can I test drive improv at the Hideout?

A: If you’d like to sample our classes, we offer multiple two-hour Free Improv Classes every month. Or check out our Upcoming Show Schedule and come see a show to get a feel for what we do.

Q: What do people say about your Level One class?

A: You can read many many glowing student quotes on our testimonial page. Quotes like, “Improv classes are THE MOST FUN thing I have ever done.  I immediately felt very close to all my classmates, as if we were going through an adventurous and exotic rite of passage.”

Q: If I have some previous improv experience, do I really have to start with Level One?

A: The Hideout’s approach to improv is unique enough that if you haven’t studied with us before we strongly encourage you to go through the early levels to pick up our vocabulary and basic principles. And because we know it’s a hassle to start over in a new program we offer a half-off discount on the Level One if you’ve already been through improv classes in another training program. Email our education director for the Level One discount code—or if you’d like to ask about skipping levels.

Q: Do I have to perform?

A: Only if you want to. There’s no showcase at the end of Level One, but starting with Level Two your class will perform a student showcase in The Weekender for friends and family at the end of each six weeks. You can always opt out, but we’re pretty sure that after two levels of classes you’ll be itching to try it out on stage.

Q: Do you offer any scholarships?

A: As a matter of fact we do! Click here to see if you’d be a good fit for The Hideout Diversity Scholarship Program.

Q: How SOON can I perform?!

A: Levels Two through Four culminate in instructor-led showcases in the Weekender. Levels Five, Six and Narrative One-Three all culminate in a student-led showcase in the Weekender. If these class showcases aren’t enough to sate your hunger for performance, we have a bunch of student performance opportunities, from Maestro Raw, Fancy Pants, the Free Fringe, Student Mainstage shows. And once you complete Level Three, you’re eligible to submit your availability for Maestro EVERY Saturday night.

Q: What is the order of Levels at the Hideout?

A: Levels One through Three make up our introductory series that everyone in the world should take—as a primer in improvisation AND for the mind-blowing life lessons you’ll pick up. Levels Four through Six complete our performance series—for those of you who have decided that you’re giving this improv thing a shot as a hobby, social group, art form or career. Narrative One through Three introduce you to longer-format improvised storytelling—for people curious about creating improvised plays and movies. Singing One through Three train improvisers to make up improvised songs and musicals.

Q: What if one class a week is not enough for me?

A: We offer regular specialty workshops on Sundays and Saturdays with different topics instructors. Check out upcoming workshops in the drop down menu under the Classes section of the website. If you’d like to retake a Level class that you’ve already been through, we offer a repeat student discount of half off (email the education director for more info). And we believe that multiple points of view are essential to your improv education, so don’t hesitate to check out classes at the other improv theaters in town.

Q: How can I get my friends involved?

A: Drag them to shows! Invite them to check out the Free Class! Forward them the charming Newsletter emails that we send you. Sign them up for a Level One class yourself. For every “referral” you send us, we’ll give you $25 off your next class. And if you’re especially brave, get a group of friends together and teach them what you’re learning in classes.

Q: How do I get plugged into the Hideout and greater Austin improv community?

 A: Get invited to the parties that are happening all the time. Hang out and socialize after shows (whether you’re performing or watching). Volunteer to help out with tech, box office or taking tickets for the weekend shows. Buy your instructors a drink.