The San Francisco Improv Festival celebrates the art of improvisational theater by presenting work by local and out-of-town ensembles, producing workshops with the most innovative minds in the artform, and educating the public about all aspects of improvised performance.
The Fest will be returning to hosting live events in 2023. Stay tuned!
Founded in 2004 by Sam Shaw, Shawn Landry & a cadre of volunteers, the SFIF has brought hundreds of acts to the public, hosted free happenings for the city at large, kicked off a documentary project on The Committee & the roots of improvisation in San Francisco, and promoted improvisation in both its entertainment aspects as well as how it's applied to daily life.
The Festival was relaunched by Executive Producer Jamie Wright & other members of improv troupe Crisis Hopkins in 2009 and was led by him until 2019 when he stepped down from that post. The Festival has been on hiatus since 2020, with a new leadership structure being formed to bring it back to production in 2023. Board members and producers to date have included Marcus Sams (Artistic Director), Jill Eickmann, Kimberly MacLean, Cassidy Brown, Mithra Vankipuram, Erin Daruszka, Michael Astrauskas, Chris Hayes, Chris Libby, Sean Geary, Sam Shaw, and Anthony Veneziale.
For inquiries about applications, fest dates, or other upcoming events, send us a message.
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