Wednesday, February 7, 2018

An Improvised Week: Seattle Festival of Improv Theater

(Photo: Todd Gardiner)

THEATRE

While the Super Bowl gets all of the attention this time of year, Seattle is home to another great competition that you might not know even exists. Groups from all over North America (and sometimes further) descend here for the 16th annual Seattle Festival of Improv Theater.

This year the festival takes place for five days from February 14-18, 2018 with 25 improv comedy groups featuring 102 performers from nine cities around the world performing in 12 shows at 2 venues!  The week includes tons of improv shows, a variety of improv workshops and master classes, parties and what they affectionately call, The Dust Up which has been described as an “improve jam.” While all members of the family could enjoy the shows, the festival states that the performances are not exactly family-friendly and parental guidance is suggested at most SFIT performances.

With that said, SFIT strives to:
  • Serve our audiences with the highest quality and variety of diverse performances possible.
  • Educate the audience as to the depth and variety of improvisational theater that is being currently produced.
  • Provide the highest quality performing and teaching experience for our attending improv professionals.
  • Provide opportunities for growth and networking to all participants.
All performances will take place at Jet City Improv (5510 University Way NE, 98105) and SFIT Second Stage (3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE, 98105). Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased online.

Groups and performances appearing this year include:
  • Black Don't Crack
  • Cast of One
  • Death Hammer
  • Death & Taxes
  • Devin & Sarah
  • The Dust Up
  • Dystopia! The Musical
  • Fistful of Kicks
  • The Future
  • The Gloomwhisper Entrancement
  • In Every Life
  • Manacle
  • Marcia & Jill
  • The Monster Hunters
  • The Next Generation Gap
  • The Nightmare Society
  • Orange Tuxedo
  • The Perks of Being a Misfit
  • Price/Nixon
  • Rock Bottom
  • Scenic Detour
  • Schrampflin Falls
  • The Shrieking Harpies
  • A Tribe Called Yes
  • Wet Bus