Kansas City Improv Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMissouri
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Festival Contact Information

Tim Marks, Director
Email: tim@kcimprov.com

Festival Description

In 1994, Whose Line Is It, Anyway? was still a British show on Comedy Central. If you mentioned improv, you meant the national stand-up comedy franchise. And to find other improvisational comedy troupes, you went to the phone book, not the Internet.

That year, Spontaneous Combustion (produced by the now-defunct Kansas City group Lighten Up) became one of the first independent festivals to bring improvisational troupes from across the country together to study and perform. A half-dozen years and a name change later, SIX: The US Improv Festival had a reputation in the burgeoning improv community as a don’t-miss showcase for established and up-and-coming talent.

Skip ahead seven years. Now there are a dozen festivals across the country- from San Francisco to Providence, LA to Atlanta, an “Improv Festival and Miniature Golf Tournament” in Austin, Texas. 7: The KC Improv Festival brought the festival back as a collaboration between the City 3 Project, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community of performers, and a number of local improvisers. Last year, Improv-Abilities-fresh from their experience as a Chicago Improv Festival apprentice team-took over as festival producers. This year, Improv-Abilities continues to produce the festival, combining it into one week of both local and national acts, showing that Kansas City improvisers can share the stage with anyone. Visiting performers will host workshops for all experience levels. Topics include: Powerful Characters, Standing Out in the Scene, Yes, Jumpstarting your Improv Skillset, Camera Technique and the Improv Actor.

Festival Dates September 9 - 17, 2011
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  • Off Center Theatre at Crown Center
    2450 Grand Blvd.
    Kansas City, Missouri


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