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Founded at the Salvage Vanguard Theater in 2008 by longtime Austin Improviser Shana Merlin, The Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation teaches improv comedy classes in shortform (think: Whose Line Is It Anyways?) and narrative longform improv (think: Curb Your Enthusiasm.) We provide a relaxed and safe environment for people to remember how to play, take risks, connect with others, be more creative and have more fun. Our students are having so much fun, in fact, that they are surprised to
The Austin Creative Alliance is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department's Cultural Arts Division and by grants from Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art. The Creative Alliance also receives generous in-kind support from CreateAustin, and Time Warner Cable News. We are also grateful for the ongoing support and participation of our members and patrons.