Florida is fast becoming a hot bed of improv theaters and festivals, pushing the art form into the next generation by welcoming artists from all over the country throughout the year. With Miami, Sarasota, Tampa Bay, and Gainesville touting festivals, Palm Beach is throwing their hat in the ring with a brand new festival kicking off this September 8th-11th, with 16 performances and 12 instructors. The festival is being launched at The Rep Theater in West Palm Beach.
Festival Producer and founder of Improv U and Business Casual Anthony Francis thinks that improvisers should "lead with love," which is Improv U's mantra. "Every decision we make has to come from that, and when we thought about what the community needed and what we would love to do, a festival just made sense. The community here is growing and it would only strengthen the communities around us." Francis thinks that the best festivals feature workshops by great instructors and give people from all over the country a chance to mix it up, chill and talk to each other. "We come to learn and perform, but also to meet other people in our small and mighty community. It has to have social time. I'm Italian so I like a big long dinner table where everyone eats family style. I want to walk away from a festival feeling like I am a small part of a bigger family."
This year features heavy hitters Asaf Ronen, whose book Directing Improv is essential for new instructors, and long time improv teacher and past Second City touring member, T.J. Mannix. With casts coming from all over (and a brunch!), PBIF is a great fit with the other Florida improv festivals, bringing both the new faces and strong presence of West Palm Beach to the forefront of the state scene. "The community has asked for more and we feel it will only strengthen the community and bring us all closer together," Francis says. "What sets us a art is our location. A good meeting point for Tampa, Orlando, and Miami to meet and connect in a cozy and intimate setting. I hope our festival is similar to others in the fact that people will walk away with new techniques and perspectives on this art form and new friends." All of us at Tampa Bay Improv Festival hope for the same and are super excited to welcome another team into the improv festival family in the state.
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