Category: Improv

Dialects POLL

Last week we asked you what workshops you were interested in taking at this year’s festival.  Thanks to all of you for such a great response.  One of the standout pics was another workshop on dialects.  Last year our dialect workshop was focused on learning dialects in a broad sense.  This year we would like to make that a bit… Read more →

Workshop POLL

Masterclasses with the members of SAND are already in the works, but we’re wondering what other workshops might interest you.  In the past we’ve had musical improv workshops, stage combat, and dialects.  What else would you like to see this year?   Read more →

HIF 2016 Submissions now closed

Submissions for the 2016 Houston Improv Festival are now Closed.  Thanks to all who submitted to this year’s festival! Our selection committee will be frantically reviewing all the submissions for the next two weeks, making a final decision in mid-February.  Notifications to troupes should be sent out soon after that, and a final schedule posted before the end of February.… Read more →

TJ & Dave

TJ & Dave come to H-Town

The Houston Improv Festival in collaboration with BETA Theater and the Comedy Collective are ecstatic about bringing this phenomenal improv duo to Houston, TX.   With no discussion, no preplanning, TJ and Dave create rich characters, dialog, and plots in the moment — making it up a play on the spot, leaving audiences spell bound for the hour-long performance. TJ… Read more →

Improv Inspired by Taylor Swift

I’ve been a closet Taylor Swift fan since her early days – okay, yeah, I just turned 44 last week. I graduated from High School the year she was born. Regardless, I have a lot of admiration for her as an artist – especially as a song writer. Songs like “Invisible,” “Our Song,” and “Tim McGraw” are ones that I… Read more →


Houston Improv Festival 2015 Submissions are now LIVE and our headliner announced!

Submissions have now opened for Houston Improv Festival 2015 (#HIF2015), soliciting improvisational theater groups from all over the globe to come to Houston April 16-19 for the big show.  Each year we pride ourselves on showcasing a diverse sampling of the improv universe.  We look forward each year to hearing from groups we’ve worked with in the past and seeing… Read more →

‘Yes, And’ Philosophy

The cardinal rule of improvisational theater is “yes, and…” – in other words, I say yes to what I’m given, and then add my own unique ideas to keep the scene moving forward.   For example, I enter a scene and my partner says, “Our son has locked himself in the airplane restroom again!”  I say “yes” to that statement by… Read more →

Miami Improv Festival now accepting submissions

David Christopher with the Miami Improv Festival let me know that their submissions are now open so I’m passing it along: The 2015 Miami Improv Festival presented by Just The Funny is now accepting submissions from improv and sketch acts for consideration for MIF 2015! MIF 2015 Includes: 2 Performance Slots per Group (with a 10% split of the door)* Dinner… Read more →