Improv Fest Ireland 2019

1st to 7th December 2019

Click here for Troupe Applications for the 2019 Festival!
7

Days

In the heart of Dublin, Ireland

11

Workshops

With top international instructors

32

Acts

With performers from all over the world

Improv Fest Ireland 2019



Ireland's Original International Festival of Improvised Theatre & Comedy
This year's festival runs from 1st to 7th December 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Troupe and teacher applications are closed. Look out for workshop sales soon.


What is Improv?


Improv/Improvisation is an art form where performers create scenes, stories and characters in the moment live in front of an audience. There is no script, no planning and no safety net!. Modern Improvisational theatre includes a wide spectrum of performances - from fast-paced comedic 'shortform', to silent shows, to improvised puppet performances, to audience-inspired concepts, to musicals to full length improvised plays. This dynamic art form takes theatre and comedy to a whole new level - one that has audiences on the edge of their seats!

Full Programme


A day by day breakdown of events. Buy Tickets Now

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The Team


  • Neil Curran

    Festival Director & Founder

    Órla Mc Govern

    Festival Director

    Niceol Blue

    Technical Director

  • Richard Zimmerman

    Operations Manager

    Anna Wilson

    Volunteer supervisor

    Quinton O’Reilly

    Volunteer Supervisor

Neil Curran
Festival Director & Founder
Neil has been teaching and performing improv both in Ireland and internationally for many years and his signature show, Neil+1, has been performed in festivals and theatres around the world.  Neil is also assistant camp director of Improv Utopia Ireland, and one of the team behind Dublin’s Tightrope Improv nights.  He also founded the Love! Improv Irish Community group and is a co-founder of No Drama Theatre.  Neil has guested in numerous shows including Orange Tuxedo, improvised musical When X Meets YUpstairs DowntonComedysportz San Jose and Second City Toronto’s improv set for “Click, Bait & Switch”.
Neil also provides key corporate training solutions through improv to many well known organisations and educational institutes.
 
Órla Mc Govern
Festival Director

Órla Mc Govern

Órla is professional performer, playwright and storyteller, as well as a veteran improviser and workshop facilitator. Órla worked as an actor for many years in both here and in the US (where she first fell in love with improv) and continues to act for Theatre, TV & Film. She performed with numerous troupes including: The Seattle Neutrino Project, Seattle goga & The Spolin Players NW, The Edge, Jet City Improv, Dead Gentlemen, improvising around the US, including at Ryan Stiles’ Upfront Theatre in Bellingham. Órla teaches and performs improv at far flung places like at Finland International Improv Fest, Strasbourg International Festival, BIG IF Barcelona, Improv Fest Ireland, Improfest Sweden, Impro Romania, Festival, Galway Actors’ Workshop, Munich Improv Festival, Blue Teapot Theatre Company and more. She runs improv labs and produces events with The Spontaneous Theatre People ,and performs with The Sky Babies and Which Is Which. She founded Moth & Butterfly, an innovative night featuring a fusion of storytelling and improvisation. She was the sole Irish representative at the Our Lives project, an inspired improv project featuring one artist from each EU country, selected as part of a global ensemble. She has helped with this festival since it was but a twinkle, and is now Co-Director. Órla is extremely passionate about Improvised Theatre and continues to teach and perform regularly in artistic/educational/corporate contexts. Contact via her page on Facebook or her website.  
Niceol Blue
Technical Director
Niceol Blue is a singer, songwriter, DJ, writer and improviser originally from Oregon, and now living in Galway. First seeing improv in Seattle in school and collage, Niceol began studying improv in 2009. She later became a founding member of The Spontaneous Theatre People and The Sky Babies, working as the musical and technical director. Niceol has been a part of the Improv Fest Ireland Team since 2014, and is excited for this years festival!
Richard Zimmerman
Operations Manager
Richard has been performing improv for three years, and performs regularly with his group The Good China. Outside of the improv bubble, performs stand up comedy, plays music, works as part of the Education team at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar.
Anna Wilson
Volunteer supervisor
Anna has been improvising for about three years, most recently with her group To The Biscuits. She works at keeping the internet going, and one of her hobbies is low tech time travel.”
Quinton O’Reilly
Volunteer Supervisor
Quinton O'Reilly is an improviser based in Dublin, Ireland and has been practising and performing for almost three years. He is the box office manager for The Tightrope, a twice-weekly show dedicated to long-form improv in Dublin, and is there so often that it's become a second home for him. Sometimes he even does a show there. He has trained at LowerTheTone (Neil Curran), Stoke Improv (Kelly Shatter) and recently studied at The Pack Theater in Los Angeles. He has also performed shows in Dublin, Los Angeles and San Diego. When not performing, watching or thinking about improv, Quinton is a freelance tech journalist and copywriter.

TICKETS


Online ticket sales end at midnight the night before each show.
You can buy tickets at the venue from 1:30 pm until 10:30 pm every day.

    • Show Tickets

    • All Tickets €10!

    • Fantastic line-ups each night with Troupes and Special Ensembles from all over the world. Triple, Double and Full Lenght Special Bill Performances, each for the great price of only €10! Online sales close the day before shows.  Limited ticket may be available for sale at box office on day of show, but book now to avoid disappointment!
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    • VIP Tickets

    • Limited Amount!

    • very limited amount of VIP tickets are available for the festival for just €100! These entitle the 'Very Important Person' to: * Priority seating at shows * Access to ALL ticketed shows at the Festival * 10% discount on all Festival Workshops * Invite to Festival Social & Festival Wrap Party * Exclusive Improv Fest Ireland visitor bag. * Save over €100 on regular price AND get exclusive benefits!
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    • Book a Workshop

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    • Take some workshops lead by some of the world's top instructors of Improvisational Theatre. Great assortment of styles & techniques - from physical, to vocal, to performance techniques.  Learn loads, have fun and make new friends as you do!   Workshops are extremely popular and generally sell out well in advance of festival week, so book now to avoid disappointment!   Please note that workshop sales are non refundable/transferable.
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Contact


All our shows & workshops take place in the Teacher's Club in Parnell Square, Dublin. Click the button below to see the location on Google maps.

You can read more about the festival in the media by clicking here.

Phone

+353 86 6018344 (Neil)
+353 86 8865507 (Órla)

General Enquiries

yesand@improvfestireland.com