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Shana Merlin

Merlin Works

The Founder of Merlin Works, Shana Merlin is one of the most experienced and effective improv teachers in Central Texas. Presenting and performing nationwide, some of her clients have included Dell, Goodwill, Apple, The University of Texas and HP. Shana founded Merlin Works, in 2003 to provide custom training, interactive presentations, and comedy shows to businesses and organizations using improvisation. Some of her most requested programs are on the topics of team building, communication, sales, persuasion, leadership, medical communications, and creativity. In 2008, she opened the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation now based at ZACH Theatre, offering classes in shortform gameplay and narrative longform improv. She has also been awarded “Best Improv Teacher” and “Best Improv Class,” by the Austin Improv Collective.


With nearly thirty years of experience on stage, Aden has been winning awards and recognition for her abilities since she was six years old. She spent nearly a decade as a fixture in the exploding Austin, TX improv community as a beloved singer, improviser and faculty member of the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation. Labeled as “The funniest person in Austin,” by former Second City L.A. Director Tom Booker, she is a cast member of B. Iden Payne Award winners, Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musical Comedy, an alum of world famous vaudeville revue: Esther’s Follies (where she wore huge wigs, sang big songs and got massive laughs). Now, thrilled to have rejoined the trees, rain and fog as a resident of Oregon, Aden can be found playing with Manacle as a member of Infinite Improv!