List of improvisational theater festivals

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The I.O. West theater, the site of the Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival.

Improvisational-theater festivals, also known as improv-comedy festivals or improv festivals, are venues where multiple improvisational-theater groups perform.

They are usually not limited by improvisational style, though they may limit entrants to professional-only or collegiate-only.

Most improvisational-theater festivals are hosted by a single troupe, but others are hosted by conglomerations of troupes or a company set up solely for that given festival.

Festivals[edit]

Name Host Location Date Established Reference
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Victorian Tourism Commission Melbourne, Victoria 1986 [1][2]
National College Comedy Festival Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York 1990 [3]
The Del Close Marathon Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre New York City, New York 1999 [4][5]
North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival DSI Comedy Theater Chapel Hill, North Carolina 2001 [6][7]
Phoenix Improv Festival The Torch Theatre Phoenix, Arizona 2002 [8][9]
Fracas! Improv Festival Second Nature Improv Los Angeles, California 2004 [10]
Gainesville Improv Festival Florida Improv, Inc. Gainesville, Florida 2005 [11]
Tampa Improv Festival Post Dinner Conversation, Inc. Tampa, Florida 2013 [12]
Seattle Festival of Improv Theater Jet City Improv Seattle, Washington 2002 [13]
Seattle International Festival of Improvisation Unexpected Productions Seattle, Washington 1997 [14]
Philadelphia Improv Festival Philadelphia Improv Festival, LLC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2005 [15][16][17]
Twin Cities Improv Festival HUGE Improv Theater Minneapolis, Minnesota 2006 [18][19]
Improvapalooza Washington Improv Theater Washington, D.C. 2006 [20][21]
Improvaganza! Hawaii Festival of Improv On The Spot Improv Honolulu, Hawaii 2006 [22][23]
The Dallas Comedy Festival Dallas Comedy House Dallas, Texas 2010 [24]
Vancouver International Improv Festival multiple hosts Vancouver, British Columbia 2000 [25]
Hartford Improv Festival Sea Tea Improv Hartford, Connecticut 2014 [26]
Improv du Jour jericho! improv and sketch comedy Berkeley, California 2014 [27][28]
TILT Tallinn International Improv Festival Improgrupp Jaa! Tallinn, Estonia 2013 [29][30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Ryzik, Melena (August 8, 2008). "Del Close Marathon". The New York Times.
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  9. ^ Escudero, Nicki (April 2, 2008). "Phoenix Improv Festival Moves". The Arizona Republic.
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  18. ^ Oxborough, Allegra (July 21, 2012). "Twin Cities Improv Festival Kicks Off at Huge Theater". City Pages. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Twin Cities Improv Festival". HUGE Improv Theater. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ Wetherbee, Brandon (August 21, 2012). "Improvapalooza at Source: HuffPost DC Top 5 for August 21". The Huffington Post.
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  23. ^ Kieszkowski, Elizabeth (September 17, 2010). "Fifth Improvaganza Celebrates Success". Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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