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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

OTRimprov presents the 5th Annual Improv Festival of Cincinnati

5th Year of Festival features a new venue and 60% more performances

OTRimprov proudly presents the 5th Annual Improv Festival of Cincinnati. With a focus on diverse voices and female performers, IF Cincy features improv talent from Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Baltimore, Cleveland, Lexington, and from right here in Cincinnati. The Festival runs September 27-29, 2018. IF Cincy is excited to move to Memorial Hall OTR. Moving to a bigger venue allows the Festival to expand performance offerings, with more improvisers traveling to Cincinnati from across the nation. Additionally, more local troupes are scheduled to perform, highlighting  the continued growth of world class improv in Cincinnati.

Headlining the Festival are:

Working Title featuring Amber Nash, best known for her role as Pam Poovey on the Emmy- winning animated show Archer and Kevin Gillese, Artistic Director at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta.

Broke Gravy from Portland, OR, an award-winning troupe who uses honest audience interactions focused on personal experience to inspire and inform their scenes.

The Bearded Company (previously called The Bearded Men) from Minneapolis, MN. Their Dungeons and Dragons inspired improv set will feature members of OTRimprov and the action will be controlled by a 20 sided die.

Emily Fightmaster & Friends features Cincinnati native Emily Fightmaster, who has performed on some of the biggest improv stages in the world, including Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and on both the mainstage and with the touring company of Second City Chicago.

Last year’s Festival saw an increase in representation of diverse voices and perspectives on stage. The trend continues this year with women representing half of the performers in the Festival and multiple troupes comprised entirely of women or people of color. The producers of the Festival chose to solicit submissions for the 2018 Festival and expressly sought out diverse groups.

“We know how important representation is on the stage. And it’s working: last year, we highlighted women on our stage and in our classes right now, around 50% of our students are women. We want to make sure we are sustaining our inclusion efforts and working to increase our diversity. By highlighting some incredibly talented improvisors who also are women and people of color, we hope we can diversify our audience and continue to diversify the improv performers here in Cincinnati,” says Kat Smith, co-director of OTRimprov and co-producer of IF Cincy.

Traveling to Cincinnati are ANARCHY: an improvised rock opera (Chicago), The Brothers Jacokes (Ferndale, MI), Edith Head (Los Angeles, Nashville, Cincinnati), Horror of Terror (Chicago), I’m the Dog (Chicago), JETZO (Los Angeles), Karen from Accounting (Ferndale, MI), Lady Parts Detroit (Detroit), League of Pointless Improvisers (Ann Arbor, MI) Matt Damon Improv (Chicago), Radio Pigeon (Baltimore, MD), Rare Form Improv (Cleveland), Rhonda (Lexington),  Red Pill Players (Atlanta), and Wieck & Petersen (Ferndale, MI). There also will be a special ComedySportz All-Stars match featuring players from across the country.

Cincinnati’s improv scene has exploded in the past few years, with more and more groups performing regularly around the city. IF Cincy proudly showcases this growth and wealth of local talent. Cincinnati troupes joining the line-up are Blue Roses, Bluetime, BROvaries, The Business, Hands on Dots, Dave Powell Champion, Highly Improvable, HOT MIC, Not my Boyfriend, Roosterwolf, Two Sketchy Dames, and Wampus.

Many of the performers taking the stage in the evening will also be hosting workshops over the weekend, giving locals and visiting artists a rare opportunity to take classes from the impressive and diverse range of visiting national talent.

Tickets are available for single sessions or multiple sessions; whether you are looking to purchase a ticket for one session, tickets for both the 7:30 and 9:30 session in a single evening, or want to mix and match across nights, there are a variety of options. Ticket bundles can also be used for more than one attendee. For help with putting together your ticket bundle and securing your seats, contact the Memorial Hall Box Office at 513-977-8838.

Single Tickets are $20 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances

The Basics:

Who: OTRimprov presents
What: Improv Festival of Cincinnati (IF Cincy)
When: Thursday through Saturday, September 27-29, 2018
Where: Memorial Hall OTR, 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Featuring: Improv artists from Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Nashville, Ann Arbor, and right here in Cincinnati.
How Much: Single Tickets $20 | 6 Ticket Bundle $90 | 4 Ticket Bundle $65 | 2 Ticket Bundle $35 | Additional fees may be added. Ticket bundles can be used for more than one attendee - contact the Memorial Hall Box Office for assistance.

Caption: "Perennial IF Cincy favorite Amber Nash (best known as the voice of Pam Poovey on FXX's Emmy Winning "Archer") is returning to IF Cincy 2018"

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