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]
Seattle International Festival of Improvisation Unexpected Productions Seattle, Washington 1997 [4]
The Del Close Marathon Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre New York City, New York 1999 [5][6]
Vancouver International Improv Festival multiple hosts Vancouver, British Columbia 2000 [7]
Improfest Riga Spiediens, Comedy KIT, RIT Riga, Latvia 2014 [8]
North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival DSI Comedy Theater Chapel Hill, North Carolina 2001 [9][10]
Phoenix Improv Festival The Torch Theatre Phoenix, Arizona 2002 [11][12]
Seattle Festival of Improv Theater Jet City Improv Seattle, Washington 2002 [13]
Fracas! Improv Festival Second Nature Improv Los Angeles, California 2004 [14]
Gainesville Improv Festival Florida Improv, Inc. Gainesville, Florida 2005 [15]
Philadelphia Improv Festival Philadelphia Improv Festival, LLC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2005 [16][17][18]
Twin Cities Improv Festival HUGE Improv Theater Minneapolis, Minnesota 2006 [19][20]
Improvapalooza Washington Improv Theater Washington, D.C. 2006 [21][22]
Improvaganza! Hawaii Festival of Improv On The Spot Improv Honolulu, Hawaii 2006 [23][24]
New York Musical Improv Festival Magnet Theater NYC, NY 2009 [25][26][27][28][29]
The Dallas Comedy Festival Dallas Comedy House Dallas, Texas 2010 [30]
Detroit Improv Festival multiple hosts Detroit, Michigan 2011 [31]
Sacramento Comedy Festival Sacramento Comedy Spot Sacramento, California 2011 [32][33][34]
Salento Impro Festival Teatro Romano Lecce 2011

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Orange County Improv Festival Spectacles Improv Engine Fullerton, California 2013 [37][38]
Alaska State Improv Festival Morally Improv-erished, Inc. Juneau, Alaska 2013 [39][40][41][42]
Tampa Improv Festival Post Dinner Conversation, Inc. Tampa, Florida 2013 [43]
TILT Tallinn International Improv Festival Improgrupp Jaa! Tallinn, Estonia 2013 [44][45]
Hartford Improv Festival Sea Tea Improv Hartford, Connecticut 2014 [46]
Improv du Jour jericho! improv and sketch comedy Berkeley, California 2014 [47][48]
Endurance Improv Fest Atlas Improv Madison, Wisconsin 2014 [49]
New South Comedy Festival Alchemy Comedy Theater Greenville, SC 2014 [50][51][52]
Atlanta Improv Festival Village Theatre Atlanta, Georgia 2015 [53][54]
Sweden International Improv Festival Teater Prego Uppsala, Sweden 2015 [55][56]

See also[edit]

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