Joey Bland will be returning as our curator for Genre Improv. What’s Genre Improv? This is how we describe it on our website:
Is your show an improvised play or movie in a particular style? Do you pay homage and imitate a particular author or literary style? Are you improvising episodes of a TV series real or imagined? Then your show probably belongs in this category.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Joey Bland has performed in Chicago for the last 13 years. He is a 7 year veteran of the Improvised Shakespeare Company with whom he has toured the nation. Joey is also very active in the world of musical improv, performing with Baby Wants Candy, Best Musical, and The Improvised Sondheim Project. He has toured with The Second City where he also starred in the 2009 original, hit musical Rod Blagojevich, Superstar. In 2005, he was a two-time champion on Jeopardy.
How did you get started in improv?
The first improv I ever saw was the British Whose Line while I was in a hotel room in Maui. I was 12. How romantic. Continue reading
Dina Facklis will be returning this year to be one of our curators for Long Form Improv. She has toured and directed for the Second City National Touring Company and Theatricals; she is a regular performer in the Armando Diaz Experience and with Virgin Daiquiri at iO Chicago, where she also teaches. In 2011, Dina was honored at iO as Improviser of the Year and in 2012, she served as executive producer on Virgin Daiquiri’s first album of songs and sketches Food Baby.
We asked her to answer a few questions about improv: Continue reading
We are now taking submissions for the 2014 Chicago Improv Festival. The submission process is very similar to last year’s process. If you created a login last year on the submission site, it’s still active. Just sign in and submit your show.
Submit Your Show
This year’s festival will open on Monday, March 31, 2014 and go through Sunday April 6, 2013. Like last year, we have asked people to submit their shows into specific categories. The categories for this year are:
- Long Form
- Short Form
- Dramatic (new this year)
- Emerging Artists
Please notice that there is no specific category for international acts. If your improv group is from outside of the United States and Canada, just select your country from in the submission form and your show will be considered within the category you choose for the show.
The early submission deadline is December 16, 2013. The late submission deadline is January 6, 2014. The submission fee for most categories will be $40 ($30 before the early deadline). And the submission fee for the Emerging Artist category is only $20 ($15 before the early deadline). The submission fee is waived for international groups.
Read our FAQ to find out more about how to submit a show.