April 23 - 26, 2015

McPhetres Hall &

Hangar Ballroom

Juneau, Alaska



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Date

6:00 PM

(McPhetres Hall)

8:00 PM

(McPhetres Hall)

10:00 PM

(Hangar Ballroom, 21+)

Thursday, April 23

Urban Yeti

1 Deep

Joyride

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Iditaprov

My Best Fiend

Tall Grande Venti

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No late show on Thursday

Friday, April 24

The Illuminaughty

Franz & Dave

Manacle

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Rorschach Pattern 9

1 Deep

ImprovBoston

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Urban Yeti: After Dark

History Under the Influence

Sickest F***ing Stories

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Saturday, April 25

Pistil & Stamen

Gazpacho! Gazpacho!

Tall Grande Venti

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The Gentleman's Falcon

My Best Fiend

Joyride

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Maestro(c)(tm)*

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Sunday, April 26

Sid

Manacle

ImprovBoston

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Morally Improv-erished

Gazpacho! Gazpacho!

Franz & Dave: Pine Falls

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No late show on Sunday

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The 2015 Alaska State Improv Festival features 17 ensembles from 11 cities across Alaska and the United States. Our headliners include:

 

Joyride - a musical duo from Portland's Curious Comedy Theater. In 2014, Joyride circled the continent and won "Best of Fest" awards at the Orlando, Calgary, and Ottawa Fringe Festivals.

 

ImprovBoston All Stars - winners of numerous "Best of Boston" awards, the ImprovBoston All-Stars have appeared at festivals around the world. Artistic Director Michael Descoteaux, who is performing with the group at AS IF!, is the founder of the musical improv program at The Second City - Chicago and co-created the Off-Broadway hit Blank! The Musical.

 

Tall Grande Venti - winners of the 2014 College Improv Tournament, Tall Grande Venti came out as the top college improv group in the country in a field of 136 ensembles. The chemistry between the two is unmistakable, as they play a very smart, story-driven show.

 

History Under the Influence - based on the television show Drunk History, this ensemble features a highly intoxicated narrator describing a historical event while a group of very sober improvisors attempt to keep up. History Under the Influence is part of AS IF! After Dark - our new late night, over 21 sets.

 

OUR IMPROV - IN THE NEWS!

 

National Improv Network highlights the Alaska State Improv Festival in their blog. Also, the Juneau Empire took time out of its busy schedule to interview AS IF co-producers Eric Caldwell and Michael Christenson. Want to know what makes Juneau improv tick? There's no better way than getting inside our brains. Juneau Empire's arts and entertainment editor, Amy Fletcher appears to have done just that.

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT AS IF!

 

"It’s like getting welcomed, ever so briefly into a little secret art community and have the chance to share your art and learn from theirs and then go home. I’m actually torn now because I would desperately love to submit a show to visit again next year, but I’d almost feel guilty of robbing some other performer a chance to experience such a thing." - Bill Binder, National Improv Network

 

"It's surprising how quickly a pair of ping pong balls can turn a hand into a face. Performers at the second Alaska State Improv Festival, a gathering focused on "unscripted theater" and hosted by local group Morally Improv-erished, wasted no time transforming those faces into characters with emotions. Fright. Frustration. Excitement. Curiosity." - Mary Catherine Martin, Capital City Weekly

 

"Watching improv has a gut-churning equivalence to watching a high-wire act at the Grand Canyon, or watching people jumping off cliffs in neon webbed mylar suits like psychedelic (and psychotic) flying squirrels. Improv is amazing." - Clint J. Farr, Juneau Empire

 

About the Festival

 

Throughout Alaska, improvisational theater has gradually gained a foothold amongst the throngs of traditional scripted theater companies. Our state has been visited by guest artists from some of North America's most respected improvisational theater companies. Alaskan performers are also appearing in Outside festivals and emigrating into Outside companies.

 

AS IF! - The Alaska State Improv Festival is a celebration of improvisational theater in its vast spectrum of forms, and an opportunity for Alaska's own actors to perform alongside, meet with, and learn from others outside our own circle. We look forward to seeing you at AS IF! in April 2015.

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Our Town: Juneau, Alaska

Juneau maintains a small town feel, while featuring a vibrant artistic community, rich history, and world-class scenery.

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Our Improv: Since 2004

When a town of 30,000 hosts a festival like this, there has to be a story. Learn a little about our story and our improv.

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About Your Hosts

The AS IF! team is made up of people well versed in community theater with experience in hosting talent from outside Alaska.

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