Improfest 2020

20-23 August

Improfest is a celebration of improvisation in the performing arts. We wish to show you the breadth and diversity of improvised theater with workshops, seminars, and performances from all over the world. We will have one hell of a party!


Ad Lib Award: Charna Halpern

August 22, 19:00

The Ad Lib Award is instituted to celebrate improvisation in the performing arts. It is awarded to individuals whose achievement has had a significant impact on the art of improvisational theater.

The second annual Ad Lib award is awarded to Charna Halpern.

The recipient is celebrated at a special event where they are the guest of honor, and they are celebrated in a fun and playful improv experience.

Charna Halpern is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the iO Theater and has been teaching performers how to work together for more than 35 years.

Charna has turned the iO Theater in Chicago into a mecca of training in the art of improvisation. The theater act as a recruiting stop for television shows like Saturday Night Live, CONAN, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and countless other shows.

Women Who Wank

Women Who Wank is a quite remarkable one-woman show about love, life and the other stuff.

At times hilarious, at times tender and heart-warming, the improvised show has been a huge touring hit, including several sell-out stints at Edinburgh Fringe.

Joanne Tremarco’s wonderful performance skills produce exceptional moments of performance in what is a truly unique and exceptional show. She is one of Britain’s greatest improvisation and fool performers.

The show is not as brash and vulgar as you might think! Her work explores taboo subjects, dealing with issues with warmth and sensitivity. Be brave and come to the show — this is one not to be missed.

”A genuinely remarkable piece of theatre … Tremarco is utterly captivating.” — Fergus Morgan, Ed Fringe Review ★★★★★

”Tremarco is brilliantly physically dynamic throughout, both facially and corporeally, creating a captivating magnetism that holds those watching rapt.” — Edinburgh Fringe Review ★★★★★

”Raising serious issues in a humorous and entertaining way. A seriously good hour's theatre.” — Buxton Review

”Utterly captivating and unequivocally entertaining.” — Zoe Johnson, Manchester Mule

Women Who Wank

Crocodile Paws

Kaisa and Sara met by chance on an improv festival in Ireland back in 2016. It was love at first sight, except that Sara is from the United States and Kaisa is from Finland. What to do? Well. that is a long story, but I will tell you this, their wedding was a delight.

Join them for a narrative journey inspired by the audience. Watch as their characters grow while illuminating their surroundings and the adventure begins. This show touches on the truths we face in life, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking