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Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation
1500 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 657-3005
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Should Your Doctor Improvise? The Merlin Works May Newsletter: Life and Death and Improv: Read Now and Register for Classes, Shows and More! http://www.merlin-works.com/2016/05/03/life-and-death-and-improv/
Life and Death and Improv: What kind of failures are we celebrating? I'm driving off of Fort Sam Houston in Lieutenant Colonel Mishaw Cuyler's SUV after finishing my first improv workshop for a military group. I'm wearing my usual black slacks, bright top and high heel Danskos.
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3 Shows Left! Come see me and GGG present The Game of Life tonight at 8pm at The Institution Theater. https://www.facebook.com/events/1107128286005898/
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Come see Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals with That Racket! and Movie Riot this Saturday at 7:30 at the DAC. http://ow.ly/ZLxse
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There's still a few spots left in tonight's Improv 101 with the original wizard, Shana Merlin. Sign up or show up: http://ow.ly/ZjgS9
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Tick! Tock! Prices go up at 12 o'clock! Register now for Merlin Works Spring Improv Classes and save $25! http://www.merlin-works.com/
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Tonight is Opening Night of AMILF: Austin Musical Improv Love Fest! Get your tickets and I'll see you at the show! http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com/shows
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It's the final weekend of GGG's Game of Life! Get your tickets for Friday or Saturday at 8pm before they sell out! http://ow.ly/4n4iHh
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It's Opening Night of The Game of Life! Come check out Girls Girls Girls Newest format featuring a brand new opening number with a big group dance, players picking cards to send their characters stories for a loop, and heartfelt songs about life's biggest moments. Tickets at: http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com/project/girls-girls-girls-presents-the-game-of-life/
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Tuesday is the Austin Improv Happy Hour--at actual Happy Hour time! Come for yummy drinks, mind blowing food trailer pasta and networking with other imps in town. https://www.facebook.com/events/1586382218319089/
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As someone who does team building training constantly, this data-driven article about Google's research into optimal teams is fascinating.The big take away for me: "Google’s data indicated that psychological safety, more than anything else, was critical to making a team work."

"However, establishing psychological safety is, by its very nature, somewhat messy and difficult to implement. You can tell people to take turns during a conversation and to listen to one another more. You can instruct employees to be sensitive to how their colleagues feel and to notice when someone seems upset. But the kinds of people who work at Google are often the ones who became software engineers because they wanted to avoid talking about feelings in the first place.

Rozovsky and her colleagues had figured out which norms were most critical. Now they had to find a way to make communication and empathy — the building blocks of forging real connections — into an algorithm they could easily scale."

This is the evidence confirming the reason why people bring an improv instructor of all people in to help their teams. Good improv classes do exactly that--create a safe space for people to be aware of each other, open, and authentic.
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New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.
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Here’s my Top 5 Improv Games for Maximizing Fitbit Steps: http://www.merlin-works.com/2016/02/16/top-5-improv-games-for-fit-bit-steps/ What are yours?
I average 2000 to 3000 steps every time I teach an improv class. Ever since I got myself a Fitbit for Christmas, I've been very aware of my personal activity. And after a good warmup game, I'm often thinking, man, I got a lotta steps for that one! Here's my Top 5 Improv Games for Maximizing ...
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Craig Kotfas is an improv and musical dreamboat and he'll be my plus one this Saturday at 8pm for GGG's Sadie Hawkins show at AMILF. Get your tickets here: http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com/shows/174/amilf-the-austin-musical-improv-love-fest and check out one of my favorite of Craig's music videos:https://vimeo.com/85569803
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Merlin Works does all things related to improv in Austin, Texas. We provide public workshops on improvisational theatre, custom training for businesses and organizations using tools from the world of improvisation, and perform improv comedy shows for private groups and public audiences.
Hours
Sunday12:00 pm–9:00 pm
Monday9:00 am–10:00 pm
Tuesday9:00 am–10:00 pm
Wednesday9:00 am–10:00 pm
Saturday12:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone
(512) 657-3005
Address
1500 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704
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