OUR IMPROV - IN THE NEWS!
National Improv Network highlights the Alaska State Improv Festival in this week's blog. Wondering whether to apply? Read our interview with Bill Binder. We think you'll come away looking forward to performing in the 49th state.
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.
2015 ALASKA STATE IMPROV FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED!
Thank you to all of the ensembles nationwide who have submitted shows to AS IF! This year features our largest submission pool to date.
The production team expects to announce the 2015 lineup shortly.
Another great festival in the books! Thank you to all of the performers from each of our fifteen ensembles. If you missed the 2014 festival, be sure to join us next year! (Submissions for 2015 are opening soon!)
WHAT DID WE MISS?
You missed 27 shows by 15 ensembles, world premiere shows, and some mix-and-match combinations that will likely never be seen again. You missed six workshops led by exceptional artists from across North America. You missed the fun that comes with being around a pack of improvisors who are enthralled and inspired by their surroundings, the audience, and each other.
But don't just take our word for it:
"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.