Awarded “The Best Improv Teacher” and “Best Female Improviser” by the Austin Improv Collective, Shana Merlin has been a professional improviser since 1995. She’s performed in improv festivals in Amsterdam, Calgary, Seattle and Atlanta, as well as produced Austin’s LAFF: Ladies Are Funny Festival. Shana founded Merlin Works in 2003, providing custom training, interactive presentations, and comedy shows to businesses and organizations using improvisation and founded The Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation in 2008, now at ZACH Theatre. Shana performs in the improv troupes Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals, the winner of “Best Improv Troupe” in Austin Chronicle and the B Iden Payne Award for Improvisational Theater, the Austin Critics Table Award winning duo Get Up and directed and performed in Dusk: Improvised Tween Erotica, a Twilight Parody on national tour in 2010. Shana can also do scripted work and performed in The Intergalactic Nemesis national touring company for two years. For information on improv training, workshops, and shows head to www.merlin-works.com.
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