2018 48 Hour Improv Marathon

$6,548 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 112 people in 5 months
At 5:00pm on Friday June 22, 2018, eight brave and foolish improvisers will take the Hideout stage and stay there until 5pm on Sunday the 24th, performing 48 STRAIGHT HOURS of improvisational theatre and comedy without sleep or respite.

Each hour of the marathon will be a separate show, featuring classic and upcoming Hideout formats, one-off shows never to be seen again, and guest troupes and players from Austin’s ever-growing improv community.

But WHY are we doing this?? 

The entire Marathon is a fundraiser for  The Hideout Youth  and Building Connections  (special needs) program. The money raised during this event helps pay the tuition  for kids to participate in summer camps or classes who other wise could not afford it.

Improv helps lives – no, really, it does! Kids who take improv classes at the Hideout Theatre learn how to hone their listening skills, express themselves creatively, work and play with others, take risks, and communicate effectively. With classes expanding to serve youth on the Autism Spectrum and at-risk youth, the impact of the Hideout youth programming has continued to grow.

To learn more, watch this video overview of the program here:  https://vimeo.com/171129826

30241614_15276556840_r.jpegThis year’s core marathon improvisers will be Shannon Stott, Chuy Zarate, Alex Walker, Eric Heiberg, Tyler Groce, Courtney Hopkin, Patrick Creamer, and Linzy Beltran.

If you're here because of one them, give them a shoutout in the comments! 

Remember, this will be 48 hours (2 full days!) full of original programming. 

Our goal is the largest it's ever been: $7,500. It will be work, but we're confident we can do it with your help. We believe in improv's capacity to make lives better, and we're eager to provide another year of classes and shows to Austin.

You will be able to view the entire schedule of the Marathon and purchase tickets here:


"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)
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We're in HOUR 38!!! We just broke the 5k mark so we're over 2/3 of the way to our big goal of $7,500 for the Building Connections program. The marathoners are super fun and entertaining so come down and check out a show.
All prizes for donations as of 6:00 am on Sunday are at the Hideout so ask the House Manager and they can help you get it!
Thanks for your support of the program!
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We've officially crossed the half-way mark at only 10 hours into the Marathon! Thank you so much to all of our donors. Please keep sharing the link and coming out to shows! The Marathoners are improvising in the dark for hour 10, and we have over 30 more shows to go!
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Hey everyone! We're in Hour 5 already and the Marathoners are killin' it! Come and check out a show!
I also wanted to share that we're currently running low on shirts - its a popular prize! If you won a shirt but would prefer a gift card, PM or email me (bonnie.dilber@gmail.com) and I'm happy to make the switch. If we run out of shirts completely, then you'll get an AWESOME gift card regardless. Thanks for supporting the Building Connections program!
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One of my favorite things about the Building Connections program are the shelter classes (and not just because one of the kids told me that I wasn't a real adult which is the best compliment ever!) Getting to play games and help them just be kids at a time when life is at its most stressful was always one of the highlights of my week. I am so grateful to Lacy for creating this program and letting me be a part of it. Members of the AIC including Luke Wallens, Nichole Bennett, Tim Coyle, and Danielle Saar have helped to teach these classes. Support their work and help keep the program going!


We provide weekly classes for homeless youth ages 5+ at a downtown shelter. These youth are residing at the shelter with their families, and typically stay anywhere from a few days to months at a time. The shelter provides them with daily hot meals, a safe place to sleep, and access to case management to support families getting back on their feet.

Their basic needs are met - but their emotional and social social needs are vast. Many of these youth have experienced domestic violence or trauma. They’ve been dislocated from their home, schools, and communities, and are adjusting to a life of sharing a single room with all the members of their family, and sometimes another family, as well.

Time after time, the kids staying at the shelter report that improv is their favorite time of the week, and the shelter supervisor notes that kids seem so happy during improv. We’ve been told that kids smile and laugh at improv who are otherwise stoic and not very engaged.

Despite the shelter doing a great job at working to meet each child’s needs, the shelter environment is not an ideal environment for a child. Bringing improv classes into the shelter provides these youth with an opportunity to have fun, cut loose, and embrace play…..all while improving their communication skills, enhancing their emotional regulation, and connecting with one another!

(Double bonus: Parents get to have a break for a moment! In the shelter, families live together in a ~dorm-room sized room that they often share with another family. These quarters can be very tight, leaving little personal space and downtime for family members. Improv lets parents have a moment alone to recuperate!
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