The Dramatic Improv Festival Submissions!

Theatre Momentum is hosting
The Dramatic Improv Festival,
October 4-6, 2019!
3 days, 45 performances, 20 workshops, hundreds of performers!

What is The Dramatic Improv Festival?

The Dramatic Improv Festival (DIF) is a new festival, dedicated to bringing the best of dramatic and narrative improvisation into one location, for a long weekend of connection, education, and performance.

The festival will be held in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago on October 4-6, with classes running on Saturday and Sunday and performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

This is the first of its kind, an entire festival/conference dedicated to bringing together the best dramatic improvisors in the world to cross-pollinate, perform, learn, and network. There will be numerous performances, three festival venues, and workshops galore. That’s where you come in!

We are currently seeking instructors for our Featured classes, and we’d love to hear from you!


Featured Instructors will receive a festival pass, good for all performances, as well as some other perks.

We are seeking instructors who have a background in improvisation and theatre, and who have some element of their curriculum that overlaps with Dramatic Improvisation.

What does that mean?

Well, it all depends on you. Pitch us your workshop! As much detail as possible is always good, so we can make informed decisions about our instructors. This is a new festival, and we’re well aware that there are numerous approaches to dramatic improv, and we want to populate our workshops with a variety of instructors.

Dramatic, eh? So no comedy classes?

Since this is a dramatic improv festival, our aim is to broaden the horizons of the dramatic improvisor student. So, while classes can certainly have comedic scenes and lessons that can span across all genres, we’re not looking for anything specifically aimed at “comedy”, per se. If you have questions or need clarification on anything, just drop us a line!


We are a brand new festival, so we are unable to offer large stipends for instructors, but we can offer a 65/35 split (instructor/festival) of all income for your class. You can set the price of your class, but most $30-50 is the norm for a 2 1/2 hour class. If you are able to do so, you can teach more than one class, either on the same subject, or on multiple subjects. Please indicate this in your online form, below.

Class length/maximums

For each class, we would like to keep the number of students to a maximum of 15. You may set your class minimum. Each class will be 2 1/2 hours long, so we can put in as many wonderful classes as possible. If you’re unable to teach your class in this timeframe, please let us know, and we’ll see if we can accommodate something longer.

Class schedules:

We will have classes running on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. The time slots are listed below:

Saturday: 10 AM-12:30 PM, 1:30 PM-4 PM, 4:30-7 PM

Sunday: 10 AM-12:30 PM, 1:30 PM-4 PM

We will have a minimum of 5 classroom venues, so there is plenty of space for all sorts of classes!

Class scholarships

We are trying to make class as inexpensive as possible for everyone, so we are requiring that every class have 2 “scholarship slots” for students in need, as selected by the festival. These two slots will come out of the 15 students, so the number of paid students will max out at 13.

workshops via skype

Since this is our first year, we are unable to pay for flights into Chicago, but, depending on interest, we may set up some classes via Skype, for those instructors who wish to participate but cannot travel to Chicago. If you are potentially in that boat, please make note on your sign-up form. Thanks!

We’ll be taking submissions through the end of March and will make final decisions by early May, and will get back to all submitters by then.

And that’s it! If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to drop us a line, and we’ll get back to you right away!

Ready to sign up? Fill out the form here!

We are now accepting submissions for performances at DIF, and we want you!

We’ll be accepting submissions through April 30th.We will send out acceptance emails for performances by July 15th.
Application Fee: $25/group

All performers will get an all-access pass to every performance, discounts on workshops, and a chance to teach/learn in the Knowledge Knot classes!


What is the Knowledge Knot?

In the interest of cross-pollination and keeping the festival affordable, we will be setting aside several classrooms for inexpensive classes taught by a variety of instructors who are attending the festival with performing groups. Each instructor will get 8 free passes for the other classes, to be used as they see fit- to take other classes themselves, to give away to their friends or ensemble, or to give away after a show. Any other students will pay just $10/class, to help cover the cost of the class venues. That $10/student is split with the instructors, 50/50. These classes will follow the same schedule as for our regular classes, on Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM-12:30 PM, 1:30-4 PM, and 4:30-7 PM.

We’ll be taking performance submissions through the end of April and will make final decisions by mid-July.

If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to drop us a line, and we’ll get back to you right away!

Ready to sign up? Fill out the form here!

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