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Special Needs Improv


The Hideout Theatre is committed to growing The Building Connections program by offering programming to a wide range of youth and adults, including: neurodivergent students, at-risk youth, homeless youth and adults, youth and adults with trauma histories/attachment challenges, and youth and adults with mental health issues. Having adapted programming allows the Hideout to customize class settings and instruction to specific groups, which maximizes accessibility, fun, and therapeutic benefit for all involved. The Hideout Theatre celebrates neurodiversity, and solely uses “special needs” as a “catch-all” way to cue parents and caregivers to offerings outside of our traditional classes. We’re delighted you’re here with us!

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The Building Connections program at the Hideout Theatre is the best of its kind in the nation, maybe the world. It combines a high quality curriculum with skilled and dedicated instructors who collaborate with a level of professionalism that most schools and universities would envy.

– Jim Ansaldo, PhD (Center on Education and Lifelong Learning w/ Indiana Institute on Disability and Community @ IU)

Improv classes are an excellent forum for youth and adults to gain confidence, build social skills, practice life skills, and have fun. For Building Connections students, improv provides a wonderful opportunity for personal growth in a safe environment. Parents have reported that their children have gained a wide variety of benefits from taking classes, including expressive language gains, increased confidence, improved social skills, a decrease in negative behaviors, and an increase in self-expression. Adult students have reported similar benefits. While improv has significant therapeutic applications, most importantly, these classes provide students with an opportunity to excel, have fun, and express themselves.

For more information, please see class descriptions and contact information below.


In our ASD improv classes, students enjoy a very low student/teacher ratio. Students can also choose to perform in our showcase at the end of the session!

Classes for Autistic Youth and Young Adults (ASD Classes):
These classes will take place in a safe and fun setting where students can explore and challenge themselves. A very low teacher/student ratio will ensure that each student gets the attention they need. These classes will be tailored to youth and young adults with Asperger’s (or compatible diagnoses), and will focus on having fun, improving social skills, increasing self-awareness, increasing self-expression, and gaining confidence. If you/your child has a diagnosis similar to Asperger’s, or a compatible developmental disorder, please contact us so that we can assess whether this class would be a good fit for you/your child!

Improv Tailored to Youth w/ Aspergers ages 9-13*
Saturdays from 10-11:30AM, January 27th – May 5th.

Classes meet weekly, skipping March 10th and 17th for Spring Break.
Class showcase will take place during class time on April 28th during class time.

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Improv Tailored to Youth w/ Aspergers ages 13-18*
Saturdays from 12-1:30PM, January 27th – May 5th.
Classes meet weekly, skipping March 10th and 17th for Spring Break.
Class showcase will take place during class time on April 28th during class time.

This class is sold out. Please email lacy@hideouttheatre.com to be put on our waiting list. We may add a second class if there is enough demand.

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Improv for Young Adults (18+) With Aspergers
Saturdays from 4-5:30PM, January 27th – May 5th.
Classes meet weekly, skipping March 10th and 17th for Spring Break.
Class showcase will take place during class time on April 28th during class time. This class will take place at The Hideout Studios location (2505 E. 6th Street)

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Level 2 Improv Tailored to Youth w/ Aspergers*
Saturdays from 2-3:30PM, September 16th – December 16th.
Classes meet weekly, skipping Oct. 28th and Nov. 25th.
Class showcase will take place during class time on December 9th.* This is an advanced studies class, and students must meet pre-requisites and register on an invitation-only basis.

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*If your child is 13/14, and you are unsure whether they would fit better in the older or younger class group, please contact: lacy@hideouttheatre.com*

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Lacy Alana (lacy@hideouttheatre.com) for more information.

At-Risk Youth:
The Hideout Theatre provides improv classes to at-risk youth in residential and community settings. Weekly classes are currently taking place in a downtown family shelter, and a residential treatment center for foster youth.  Programming will continue to expand to include residential treatment facilities and youth shelters throughout Austin. If you are interested in the Hideout providing classes to your facility or group, please contact Lacy Alana (lacy@hideouttheatre.com).

The Hideout Theatre is able to provide workshops to special needs youth and adults including those with mental health challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disabilities, and at-risk youth. To inquire further about this or to get a quote, please contact Lacy Alana (lacy@hideouttheatre.com).

Support the Special Needs Program:

The Building Connections Program at the Hideout Theatre is dedicated to continued growth, affordability, and being able to provide scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to afford classes. We welcome all levels of financial support. Every dollar received will go towards expanding the Special Needs programming and helping kids take specialized improv classes they would not otherwise have access to.

To donate, please click the button below. You can specify your donation amount on the Paypal page.

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Lacy Alana, LCSW is the Building Connections Program Director at the Hideout Theatre. In addition to being an improv performer and instructor, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has focused her career on working with at-risk youth and youth and adults on the spectrum. She is excited to further combine her passion for improv with her professional experience and expertise. You can contact Lacy by email: lacy@hideouttheatre.com.