6 days. 32 improv troupes from across North America.

What is the District Improv Festival?

The District Improv Company, in alliance with Washington Improv Theater, is proud to host the first annual District Improv Festival! The festival will showcase more than 32 longform improv troupes from across North America, including a strong representation of DC-based acts.

The Festival will also feature an exciting array of workshops taught by experienced instructors from participating troupes. Legendary improviser Armando Diaz (founder of Magnet Theater in New York City) will teach two special workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

When is it? And where?

The festival officially begins on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 29. The day before the festival, Tuesday Sept. 24, is the free District Improv Invitational, featuring five local troupes and lead into Washington Improv Theater's Harold Night.

All shows will take place at Source (1835 14th St. NW), which is conveniently located in the District's bustling 14th Street corridor (and one block away from the U Street neighborhood). Source is easily accessed using the green/yellow line metro (U St./Cardozo stop), but is walking distance from the Dupont Circle (red line) and McPherson Square (orange/blue line) metro stops.

How do I get tickets?

District Improv Festival posterWe are SO GLAD YOU ASKED! You can purchase a ticket for a single performance or an all-festival pass via Brown Paper Tickets. Single tickets are $15 (with the exception of the Saturday 10 PM show with Armando Diaz, which is $25) while an all-festival pass is $40.

You can also order some sexy District Improv swag in advance. We've got some stylish t-shirts and fancy limited-edition posters for sale too (see the photo on the left. Yup, all official troupes are listed on the poster.)!

To sign up for a workshop, visit our workshop page.

Who's going to be there?

Thirty-two top-notch troupes from DC and beyond. We've got troupes coming in from New York, Chicago, Austin, and Toronto! Each participating troupe was selected from a committee made up of a broad cross-section of DC-based improvisers.

Here's the complete list of official selections for the festival. You can check out troupe bios here and the full schedule is here.

  • Aboulia! - Washington, DC
  • Aeropuerto - Cambridge, MA
  • The Amie & Kristen Show/The Kristen & Amie Show  - Philadelphia, PA
  • Commonwealth - Washington, DC
  • Dial M for Nasty  - Washington, DC
  • Disco Taxi - Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Fantastic  - Washington, DC
  • Evan the Loyal - Baltimore, MD
  • Gus - Baltimore, MD
  • Haroldo Rivera - New York, NY
  • Hello Laser - New York, NY
  • Honey - New York, NY
  • iMusical - Washington, DC
  • In Our Prime - Austin, TX
  • Jimmy Fedora - New York, NY
  • Jive Turkey - Washington, DC
  • King Bee - Washington, DC
  • The Lodge  -  Washington, DC
  • Mandudebro  -  Bethlehem, PA
  • Mason Improv Association -  Fairfax, VA
  • Mr. Meaner - Washington, DC
  • Nox - Washington, DC
  • Population Six  - Baltimore, MD
  • The Score - Washington, DC
  • Sea Tea Improv - Hartford, CT
  • Season Six  - Washington, DC
  • ShawnMikael(s) - Washington, DC
  • Singles Cruise - New York, NY
  • Sistine Robot  - Washington, DC
  • Stranger - Chicago, IL
  • Vox Pop - Annadale, VA / New York, NY
  • Weekend of Regret - New York, NY

In addition, Tuesday's free District Improv Invitational will feature six additional DC acts: The Word of God, Temporary Surcharge, Just Moxie, Press Play, and Hot & Sweaty.