The first Improv Festival Oklahoma debuted in the summer of 2009 as a way to bring together the growing Oklahoma improv community and introduce audiences in Oklahoma to a variety of forms of improvised theatre. In addition to showcasing improv, local improvisers were able to take improv workshops from well-known improv instructors. Special guests Joe Bill (Chicago) and Jill Bernard (Minneapolis) headlined the festival with their duo, “Scram.”
Messing With a Friend, IFO 2
In the summer of 2010, the Second Annual Improv Festival Oklahoma continued to further that goal, and featured an even more diverse group of improvisers from around the United States. On Friday of the festival, Joe Bill directed an All Star Cast of “The Bat,” an improvised herald performed entirely in the dark. Joe Bill and Susan Messing of Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre headlined the festival on Saturday with the long running Chicago show, “Messing with a Friend.”
The Third Annual Improv Festival Oklahoma welcomed special guests and headliners including Zach Ward, Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro, North Carolina (now of Improv Boston) and Jill Bernard, nationally recognized improviser and Education Director of the HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jill Bernard performed her award winning “Drum Machine” solo show.
The Fourth Annual Improv Festival Oklahoma was held in Norman, Oklahoma, on the beautiful campus of the University of Oklahoma. All of the members of Red Dirt Improv have ties to the University of Oklahoma, which made this festival even more fun. Special guest Armando Diaz taught several great improv workshops.
Improv Festival Oklahoma is produced and hosted by members of Red Dirt Improv. Red Dirt Improv is an Oklahoma improv comedy troupe that was formed in 2007. Its members are dedicated to improving the improv scene in Oklahoma, and have several years of improv experience locally and across the United States.
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