The Dramatic Improv Festival

The Dramatic Improv Festival
September 11-13, 2020!


Now accepting submissions!

Click the appropriate link below. We’re accepting submissions through April 15th.


What is The Dramatic Improv Festival?

The Dramatic Improv Festival (DIF) is 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 September 11-13, 2020, with classes running on Saturday and Sunday and performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

This is a unique event, an entire festival dedicated to bringing together the best dramatic improvisors in the world to cross-pollinate, perform, learn, and network. There will be numerous performances, two festival venues, several workshops, and insta-teams!

We’ll have instant-team opportunities and jams as well, so even if you’re on a performing ensemble, you still have a chance to get onstage and join the festivities. The jams will all be at Laugh Out Loud Theater.

There are also internship/scholarship slots available for students in need. See the Internships/Scholarships page for full details.