Submissions Sought for the 19th annual Chicago Improv Festival (May 2-8, 2016)

The Chicago Improv Festival presents performances from Monday, May 2 to Sunday, May 8, 2016. We also present workshops taught over the week by improv teachers from Chicago and around the country. We host after show parties on Monday through Saturday. The shows, workshops and parties all take place at multiple improv and comedy venues around Chicago. CIF places emphasis on showcasing different artistic categories, as well as improv celebrities and international acts.  The artistic categories include: Alternative/Experimental; Dramatic;  Genre; Long Form; Musical; Short Form; and Emerging Artists (this last category Continue reading →

New Dates for CIF 19! (12/31/15)

Chicago Improv Festival would like to announce new official dates for the 2016 year! Due to the high number of conventions and the recent success of the Chicago Cubs, it has become increasingly apparent that holding the festival in mid-May would prove difficult. In order to best accommodate Chicago Improv Festival’s performers, audience, and presenting partners, the new official dates for the 19th Chicago Improv Festival are May 2-8, 2016.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this change may cause you and your schedule. We hope Continue reading →

CIF Has New Artistic Director & CIF Dates Officially Announced! (12/4/15)

After three years of excellence as CIF’s artistic director, Kevin Mullaney has resigned so he can more fully focus on his work and duties as the co-owner of the Under The Gun Theater. CIF expanded its artistic focus and growth under his stewardship and we are incredibly grateful for his talents, time and work. We are thrilled to officially announce that CIF’s new artistic director is John Hildreth. With his experience as an actor, director, improviser, and teacher at Second City, iO, Time Line Theatre, Continue reading →