A sincere message shot out of a heart shaped cannon to everyone involved with the 2017 District Improv Festival

This is probably the first year where I don’t feel like the festival is over for me personally.  It hasn’t sunk in yet and so therefore, in my brain, it doesn’t feel really over.  DIF 5 is the final DIF where I’m the festival board chair.  (I’m not going anywhere, and nothing is wrong, so please don’t worry.)  I’m excited to pass on the torch and begin to further cultivate new board members.  “Change is good” and the idea behind that phrase directly applies to this year’s festival.

We changed because we shaved off two months of planning to move the festival from November 2017 to September 2017, which means we had to do more, faster.  We did this in order to continue to produce shows at the Source Theater and not because we’re gluttons for punishment.  We added more shows at The Unified Scene Theater and further continued a strong partnership; again, really positive change.  We added four new dynamite board members.  We had a total of four completely FREE shows across two theaters and thanks to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities we kept our non-headliner ticket prices between $5 and $12.  This is all really positive change, but none of this compares to the people whom support us.

We are truly fortunate to be able to work with so many talent and amazing people.  These people allow us to accomplish the festival every year and without them we simply wouldn’t be able to function.  These people continue to support us year after year.  We’re grateful for:

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The Unified Scene Theater: An interview with the founders, Shawn Westfall and Kathy Baird Westfall

For the second year in a row, District Improv Festival will be taking place on two stages – Washington Improv Theater, and The Unified Scene Theater.  The theaters are just over a mile away from each other, and provide two unique spaces for our upcoming guest to perform in.  

We sat down with the powerhouses of The Unified Scene Theater (Kathy Baird Westfall and Shawn Westfall) to understand more about why they have a stage in the first place, what makes the best improv, and why DC is a unique improv community.

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Seeking Festival Volunteers

A festival is only as good as its volunteers. Which is why we need YOU

The District Improv Festival is run by volunteers – members of the DC community that want to give back, lend a helping hand, and help make this festival the BEST IT CAN BE.

Why should you volunteer?

“You should volunteer because DIF is an unique opportunity to see really talented groups doing improv all over the country, learn about them and their creative approach to improv, and also hang out with fun people during that weekend. Would you seriously miss that chance!?”

Also, you get a free tee-shirt. Yeah – we’ve got you covered. Literally.

Sign up here to volunteer, and feel free to reach out to districtimprovfestival@gmail.com with any questions.

Pssssssst – tickets are on sale now

Our Mission: Support and grow Washington, D.C.’s long-form improv scene and promote awareness of the District as a premier improv community.

The 2017 festival will be produced in alliance with Washington Improv Theater and The Unified Scene Theater, and will take place Sept. 6-10.

Say Hello to 3Peat

Less than two months until the fifth annual District Improv Festival gets cracking. We can hardly wait. Like, come on — be September already. This heat is ridiculous. August is a weird month anyway. We have our final teams selected for the festival, and CAN’T IT JUST HAPPEN ALREADY?!

Ahem. Almost lost our cool there.

To keep us from going crazy until September, we thought we’d pass the time by reintroducing you to our phenomenal headliners 3Peat.*

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The Who’s Who of the 2017 District Improv Festival

1500 minutes of footage to review.
18 selection committee volunteers.
15 spreadsheets.
10 giant post it notes.
4 hours in a conference room.
40 finalists.

Mark your calendar now for September 6th-10th. The fifth annual District Improv Festival will be our best yet.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give to you the line-up for the 2017 District Improv Festival!

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Year Five — Going for our Best Yet

It’s time.

Submissions have just opened for the FIFTH Annual District Improv Festival — coming at you Sept. 6-10, 2017, in the capital of the United States of America. It’s traditional to give wood or silverware on the fifth anniversary. We’ve bucked that tradition — hope you don’t mind — and are focused on giving you the best festival this city has ever scene.

Why will it be the best?
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A heartfelt message in a bottle to everyone involved with DIF 2016

I’m not going to lie — 2016 was an extraordinarily tough year. When we woke up on Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, the last thing on our minds was “Hey, let’s go do some improv.” That afternoon, I arrived at the Source Theater around 3:30pm and just focused on setup.

Any distraction to latch onto was welcome at that point. Anything to feel useful and needed became a necessity. I had awkward middle school arms where I simultaneously didn’t know where to put them and also flailed them over EVERYTHING. At the end of the setup, I stood back and looked at the lobby. I was finally ready. We were finally ready to open this festival because the following people made amazing commitments to us.

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District Improv Festival adds second stage at The Unified Scene Theater

District Improv Festival adds second stage at The Unified Scene Theater

For the first time ever, the District Improv Festival is thrilled to add a second stage at The Unified Scene Theater! Run by Shawn and Kathy Westfall, TUS will work in alliance with District Improv to host two performances on Friday, Nov. 11 featuring both local and visiting teams.

The Unified Scene Theater’s line-up is:
7:30 PM: Clown Boy (NYC), Sweater Kittens (DC), and Friendship Club (NYC) (get tickets)
9:30 PM: Den Mother (Philly), Madeline (DC), and Swartzlander (NYC) (get tickets)

The Unified Scene Theater is located at 80 T St. NW, in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.