Performer/Volunteer Guide 2018

Welcome Letter:

Hello Phoenix Improv Festival 2018 performers and volunteers. We are so pleased to have you all be a part of our 17th year. The weekend is packed full of great improv, and to help you make sense of it all, I present the complete PIF2018 guide. There is information not only on all the weekend’s events, but also how to get the best out of your Phoenix adventure.

Set Yourself Up

2018 Workshop Schedule


Regular price is $50.00 per workshop.

Special Price Available just till 7pm Tonight! 


Saturday, April 21st, 2018 

at Phoenix Center For The Arts

1202 N 3rd St | Phoenix, AZ 85004

What to Expect the Weekend Of


Holiday Inn Express (for our out of town guests)
620 N 6th Street, Phoenix
(602) 452-2020

Check-in is at 2 p.m. — Earlier check-in may be available upon arrival but not guaranteed.

Check-out is at 11 a.m. — You can call the desk for a later check-out.

There is continental breakfast from 6–9 a.m. The Hotel includes a pool, hot tub, basketball sport court and internet access. This hotel has free parking on site.


Herberger Theater – Stage West
222 E Monroe Street, Phoenix 

The Herberger’s Stage West is a beautiful 320 seat theater, for out of town performers, located directly south of the hotel (map). The map leads you to the backside performer, staff entrance to the Theater on the Northwest corner of 2nd St & Van Buren.

Your PIF2018 Badge will be given to you upon arrival either at the volunteer orientation, upon arrival by your Den Mom or at the Theater, and will be necessary for admittance to the theater and party events throughout the weekend. Please wear your badge when you encounter theater ushers. It is how you will get into the theater and backstage without a ticket.

When arriving at the theater for tech, your performance and volunteer shifts, you will need to enter at the northwest security entrance, located at Van Buren and 2nd Street, and check in using your name, troupe name or staff affiliation. When entering through security, you must also exit through security.

It is important that all staff also use this entrance before the house opens, no entry through the lobby will be available until we officially open for audience.

We are in Stage West — stay to the right when walking in.

To see a show you can enter through the lobby after the house opens — there are also doors from the backstage area into the theater. Seating for badge holders is located on the second and third floor balconies. Depending on ticket sales, you may need to stand or give up your seat to ticket holders.

Performer Schedule

Please arrive at least one hour before your scheduled performance time. Your troupe will have a shared green room backstage before, during and after your performance as a personal area to keep belongings and warm-up. The green room area is never left unattended and is secure. Feel free to come down during any Open Tech time throughout the weekend to get a feel for the stage before your show.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7 p.m.

6–6:30 p.m. Open Tech
6:30 p.m. House Opens
7 p.m. Shows Begin

Tickets: $10

10:30 p.m. Show Ends

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7 p.m.

5:30–6 p.m. Open Tech
6 p.m. Group Photo, on stage
6:30 p.m. House Opens
7 p.m. Shows Begin

Tickets: $20

11:00 p.m. Show Ends

Saturday Matinee, April 21, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Saturday Night 
4–4:30 p.m. Open Tech (both shows)
5 p.m. Matinee Begins

Tickets: $10

6:30 p.m. Matinee Ends

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7 p.m.

6:45 p.m. House Opens
7 p.m. Shows Begin

Tickets: $20

10:30 p.m. Shows End
11:00 p.m. Closing Soirée
12 a.m. Strike Complete/Out of Venue

 Group Photo

We hope you can join us on the Herberger Stage West for the PIF2018 group photo.

Friday, April 20th at 6 p.m. PROMPTLY – we will snap the photo right at 6 p.m.

The photo will go quick and be finished by 6:10 p.m.

 PIF Parties

Thursday Night, April 19th, After Shows

Late night food, drink and good company.

Cornish Pasty 

7 W Monroe St Phoenix, AZ 85003

Cornish Pasty is a great bar/restaurant only a four minute walk from the Herberger Theater with an excellent drink selection, plenty of seating and delicious food served until 1:45am.

Friday Night, April 20th, 11:00 p.m.

PIF Late Night @ Space 55  NEW LOCATION
1524 N 18th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Space 55 is at a new location this year and driving will be required to get there.

For local performers & volunteers – parking is on the street near the venue.

For out of town performers – your den parents will help you get to and from the event so you don’t have to worry about driving.

Party starts at 11:00pm – 

There will be a cash donation bar!

(all proceeds go back to Space 55)

but you are also welcome to BYOB and food.

12:30 a.m. PIF 6 FOR 6 JAM (longform improv jam) – hosted by Birds & Broads – starts around 12:30 a.m. Join us for the 6 FOR 6 JAM where groups of six will be picked at random from willing participants and perform 6 minute sets.

2:30 a.m. Wrap Up

Saturday Night, April 22nd, 11:00 p.m.

Alwun House

1204 E Roosevelt St, | Phoenix, AZ 85006

All alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages and food provided by the Phoenix Improv Festival

Serving food from 12am-1:30am

Open Bar available till party ends

OUT OF TOWN GUESTS: Transport to and from the party is provided so you don’t have to worry about driving — we will have designated drivers who can take you back to the hotel whenever you are ready to retire for the night.

This is a private party and will require a badge to get in. You are allowed to bring a guest by requesting a bracelet from Jacque Arend.

3:00 a.m. Wrap Up


Shirts will be offered in blue and will be available at the festival Merchandise table in the Herberger lobby. T-Shirts will be $20.00 at the festival and all badges receive $5.00 off their T-Shirt.

Other Details


What to expect from typical Arizona spring weather — resting in the mid to high 80s (30c) during the daytime and getting into the 60s (15c) in the wee hours. Bring some summery clothes, sunscreen and remember to drink lots of water. A light jacket or sweater is recommended for the late nights — you’d be surprised how cold low 60s are when you’ve been in 85-degree weather all day.

Get a look at the area you’ll be staying/performing/eating/parking, etc. — click on the map

For you out of town folks: If you are driving you can leave your car parked at the hotel and walk everywhere you need. For getting to the parties, your Den Parents will be arranging transportation.

Transportation For you in town folks: 

The parking lot closest to the Herberger is a paid parking garage with no validation. Downtown Phoenix meters are $1.50/hour, and parking fees are enforced from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year. Most downtown meters have a two hour maximum.

For parking locations & rates visit


Half-priced parking available through the Herberger Theater Box Office

Arizona Center Parking Pass

A parking pass valid for the Arizona Center Parking Garage, located at 400 N. 5th Street. 

Valid Monday – Friday from 5pm – 4am & Saturday – Sunday all day.

Passes must be picked up from the box office. They cannot be mailed or printed from home.

All Passes are one time use and valid for one vehicle.

Passes are not required until exiting the parking garage.

Entrance to the garage is off of Filmore heading East and West or 5th St. only traveling North

Closest Light Rail stops to Herberger Theater:
Washington and 3rd Street coming from the east.
Jefferson and 3rd Street coming from the north.
It is $2 for a one way ticket and $4 for an all day pass.

The train runs all day, last train leaves at 11 p.m. on Thursday, 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

There are plenty of things to do around town, even if it is just walking through our city.

Roosevelt Row (Roosevelt Road between 1st Street and 7th Street, north of the Sheraton and the surrounding area) has awesome locally-owned coffee shops, restaurants, bars and other interesting businesses just a short walk away.

Places within walking distance that are recommended:

We also have the Light Rail which can take you to Tempe in 20 minutes. Tempe is home to ASU’s main campus, there is also the Tempe Town Lake and Mill Avenue, which is filled with lots of little shops, restaurants and bars. The closest Light Rail Station to the hotel is 3rd Street and Washington. Fares are $2 for a one-way ticket and $4 for an all-day pass.




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If you have any other questions about PIF weekend … please contact Jacque Arend at 480-251-0027 or

Thank You to our sponsors:

The Alwun House


The Improv Network

NCT Phoenix

Phoenix Center for the Arts

Second Beat Improv Theater

Space 55

The Torch Theatre