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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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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… Continue Reading