About the Festival

Seattle International Festival of Improvisation in Seattle, Washington, USA June 17th–24th, 2018. The theme for this year’s festival is “Origins”. The origin focus will explore the source materials and inspiration for early improvisation, including the pioneering work of Viola Spolin, Del Close, and Keith Johnstone. Many of these origins have been lost or neglected. But more than a “back to basics” the festival will push the art form to new discoveries with an emphasis on true collaboration.

This year’s Festival will feature improvisers from Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the USA.

Unexpected Productions’ audiences will have the unique opportunity to see these International masters of improv during evening performances throughout the week.

Wednesday Trios 8:30 6/20
The improvisers will work in playful groups of three There is magic in threes, especially when they are improv artists from around the globe. Come see multiple trios of international teams take the stage.

Thursday Translation 8:30 6/21
During Translation, performers improvise in their native tongue. Someone may be speaking German to someone who speaks Japanese or Finnish! Even though the audience may not speak the language, they will understand the laughter transpiring.

Friday/Saturday Improv Happy Hour 7:00 6/22 – 6/23
Join the festival participants for an evening of spontaneous theater that mixes the shorter games associated with Theatresports! Improv Happy Hour is a sampler of several styles of improv all packed into one show all based on audience suggestions so expect unexpected fun!

Friday & Saturday Origins Performance 8:30 PM 6/22 – 6/23
This improv will be based on festival’s theme, “Origins”. Material about improv Origins gathered through the workshops during the week and integrated into a Friday’s and Saturday’s performances. This will be a highly interactive performance.

Friday/Saturday International Theatresports 10:30 6/22 – 6/23
Join Festival participants as they take over Seattle’s longest-running show, Unexpected Productions’ Theatresports. At Theatresports, teams of improvisational actors use their quick wits to create scenes on the spot, based entirely on audience suggestions. A panel of judges — sometimes including guest celebrities — then weighs in on which team is the funniest.

Sunday 6/25 International Happy Hour 7:00 6/25
Members of Seattle’s improv community will join the UP ensemble and the members of the Festival’s ensemble for a final night of fun, laughter and camaraderie. This is the final performance of the festival. Come say farewell and have a final laugh with us

Purchase a Festival Pass 
The Festival will feature 10 performances valued at over $100. The Festival is best experienced by purchasing a Festival pass, which covers the entire week from beginning to end and must be presented for admission. The pass is only $30.

Upcoming Shows

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