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!

Our instructor submissions have closed, as of April 1st.


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’ll make final decisions by early May, and will get back to all submitters by then.

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

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

We’ll be accepting submissions through June 10th. We will send out acceptance emails for performances by July 20th.
Application Fee: $25/group

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

A split of the door?
Yes, for each performance your group does (and there may be the option for multiple performances), we will be splitting the ticket income from that performance. 50% will go to Theatre Momentum, and 50% will go back to the groups!

The show schedules:
Performances will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, across 3 venues, according to the following schedule:

8 PM (35 minute+45 minute)
10 PM (25 minute + 25 minute +35 minute)
12 AM (jam)

8 PM (35 minute+45 minute)
10 PM (25 minute + 25 minute +35 minute)
12 AM (jam)

7 PM (35 minute+45 minute)
9 PM (25 minute + 25 minute +35 minute)


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 May 31st and will make final decisions by July 20th.

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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