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Send Us Your Secrets

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Austin Secrets is back! This will be my third time performing improv in the show. If you are unfamiliar, Austin Secrets is a show about your secrets. We solicit people in the Austin area (or anywhere, actually) to submit real secrets anonymously. The director, Roy Janik, organizes several of them and a few from the popular publication “Post Secret” to be read and seen each performance. The performers then create improvised theatrical scenes inspired by the secret. It can become a hilarious situation or a heartbreaking moment (and/or anything in-between). For example, “I am in love with my marriage counselor” may become a ridiculous scenario in which a woman is flirting with her counselor in front of her husband. Or it can be a quiet and tense scene at home in which the couple confronts each other about it. Regardless, it makes for compelling theater and entertainment and the secrets are always treated and handled with care and respect. We are here to honor the human experience and all the facets of honesty. Cathartic and humbling moments are commonplace.

So! If you have a secret, follow this link and it may end up being used in our show:

Send Us Your Secrets!


43 Hour Improv Marathon

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

In 2012, I have decided to go insane and participate in an improv marathon that happens each summer at The Hideout Theatre. It’s coming up this weekend and I have been getting in shape, quitting caffeine, and trying to stay healthy to prepare. To spell it out simply, here’s what it entails:

  • 7 improvisers and myself will do 43 hours of improv in a row. We will do 43 different shows.
  • The theme or style of the show will change every hour. It might be a musical, improv games, a blank stage, a show in the dark, a show with puppets, or Charles Dickens, etc…
  • I will get 10 minutes of downtime between each show to eat, recharge, whatever
  • I have to be on the stage for all 43 hours, even if it’s asleep
  • I am crazy

I’m worried about my voice holding up since I had two vocal surgeries back in 2006. Read more about that on a Hideout Theatre blog post I wrote last week.

If you want to check it out, read the official schedule! Tickets are $5 each show. Please come out and support me as I will need encouragement and good vibes. Oh! It’s also a fundraiser, so come support the youth programs at The Hideout by buying a ticket.

Austin Secrets: Improv Show

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009


I am in a new improvised theater show at The Hideout starting in January (running through Feb). I re-posted most of this information from the official press release:

This show is about you.

Your stories. Your fears. Your triumphs. Your failures.

Your secrets.

There is a movement afoot… a movement that celebrates the power of everyday lives, and which proclaims that the memories we hold within our hearts are the most powerful stories we can tell.

You can see it alive in projects like PostSecret, Mortified, Found Magazine, Storycorps, and This American Life, all of which take our lives and reflect them back to us respectfully, humorously, and sincerely.

That is where Austin Secrets takes its motivation. In every show we’ll use improvisation to explore secrets anonymously submitted by you and other Austinites. Serious secrets will be treated with proper respect, and more lighthearted secrets will be a chance to cut loose, so expect a mix of drama, comedy, and everything in between.

There are a few ways to share your secrets… The easiest way is directly below, via this contact form. There are also blank postcards available at The Hideout and other cool places around town. Feel free to make your own, as well.

You can drop your secret off at the box office of The Hideout, or mail it to:

Austin Secrets
The Hideout Theatre
617 Congress Ave.
Suite 201
Austin, TX 78701

Tip-wise, just be brief, legible, sincere… and feel free to treat it as a mini art project. For ideas, visit

Visit the The Hideout Theatre official show page to submit a secret online. It’s completely anonymized, so no worries. Not even the staff members can see who sent it.