Who produces the Festival?
The Phoenix Improv Festival is produced by CareFree Write Productions (CFWP), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Founded in 2000 by Mack Duncan, CFWP began as a small, independent production company. In 2002, Duncan partnered with Bill Binder and formalized the mission of CFWP. The company now produces and promotes performance events primarily, but not limited to, improvisational theatre.
CFWP serves as a support network for developing local artists, an educational resource for the community, and an integral part of Phoenix’s growing cultural movement. As part of its mission, CFWP also operates The Torch Theatre, Longform Improv Theatre and Training Center located at 4721 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. To learn more about The Torch Theatre, visit thetorchtheatre.com.
What is the mission of the Phoenix Improv Festival?
The Phoenix Improv Festival strives for:
Commitment to Local Artists: The festival is dedicated to fostering the artistry of local performance. In addition to exposing local artists to the best improv from around the country, the festival also hosts workshops for local performers taught by some of the most celebrated improv teachers in America. Past festivals have included workshops by directors for The Second City, iO and the Annoyance Theater. The Arizona Showcase night, where improv troupes from around the Valley get to showcase their talent on a bigger stage, is critical to this goal.
Commitment to Excellence: Every year the Phoenix Improv Festival submission committee handpicks the most groundbreaking, entertaining and accomplished performances from typically 50-100 improv troupe submissions. Each year, more troupes apply to become a part of this festival, which speaks not only the increasing interest in the Phoenix festival, but to the expanding talent base this art form is commanding.
Commitment to Values: In addition to being an exciting and unique brand of theater, improvisation also promotes values and useful skills that can help people in the workplace, in their relationships and in the community. The cornerstones of improvisational theater are active listening and teamwork. Other skills enhanced by the study of improvisation, such as public speaking, confrontation of fears, confidence and spontaneity can be extremely advantageous in many areas of life. In fact, several corporations hire improvisation instructors to enhance productivity and workplace morale. Relationship counselors have also been known to use improvisation as a method of teaching skills such as listening, agreeing and achieving common goals.
Where can I find information on tickets and show times?
Tickets will be available through the Herberger Theatre Box Office, (602) 252-8497 or in person, online at herbergertheater.org or ticketmaster.com. Schedules are posted online at phoeniximprovfestival.com/shows. If you are not a member of the press and would like to be notified when tickets go on sale, please sign up for our mailing list.