April 26 - 29, 2018

McPhetres Hall and

Hangar Ballroom

Juneau, Alaska



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The Alaska State Improv Festival depends strongly upon volunteer efforts and contributions. Your 100% tax-deductible gift will help AS IF! be a memorable event for audience and artists alike.

 
     
 
SUBMISSIONS FOR AS IF 2018 ARE LIVE!!!

 

Submissions for the 2018 Alaska State Improv Festival are live! Please visit The Improv Network to instantly submit your ensemble to AS IF by September 30, 2017. Decisions are made by early October. The 2018 master artists include Jonathan Pitts, longtime producer of the Chicago Improv Festival, and Michael Robinson, faculty at Vancouver Film School and an improvisor of worldwide renown.

 

Ensembles who are accepted into the festival will perform at least one set of 20-25 minutes, have opportunities to perform in mash-up style shows, and receive discounts on hotel rooms and exciting excursions.

 

Each year, AS IF sends out a survey to its performers. Performer feedback indicates that AS IF exceeds or greatly exceeds expectations for over 95% of our guests. Submit your ensemble to AS IF and experience our famed hospitality first-hand.

 

WHAT ABOUT INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS?

 

In 2017, AS IF provided the opportunity for individuals to submit to perform in Improv from All Over. These sets featured performers from across the United States, Germany, and Thailand. At this time, the festival is reviewing whether, when, and/or how to host individuals in a way that provides the most meaningful experience.

 

Much like AS IF provided a staggered submission in 2017, with individuals submitting after ensemble submissions were complete, any announcement regarding individual submissions in 2018 will be posted at a future date.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT AS IF!

 

"The long and the short of it is that attending ASIF is like summer camp for adults. You make new friends, you experience new highs, you get to see some of the best performers in the world at the height of their game, and you get to experience Juneau, Alaska in a way that you truly will never be able to experience outside of the festival. It’s magical. It’s personal. It’s beautiful. The Alaska State Improv Festival – the best festival I’ve ever attended! There, I said it." Mike Brown, Mike Brown's Solo Improv Extravaganza via The Improv Network

 

"I just returned from Second City at Centennial Hall; they were good, but I was totally spoiled by the talent from this past weekend. Already looking forward to next year." - Bill Diebels about AS IF 2015

 

"It’s like getting welcomed, ever so briefly into a little secret art community and have the chance to share your art and learn from theirs and then go home. I’m actually torn now because I would desperately love to submit a show to visit again next year, but I’d almost feel guilty of robbing some other performer a chance to experience such a thing." - Bill Binder, The Improv Network

 

"It's surprising how quickly a pair of ping pong balls can turn a hand into a face. Performers at the second Alaska State Improv Festival, a gathering focused on "unscripted theater" and hosted by local group Morally Improv-erished, wasted no time transforming those faces into characters with emotions. Fright. Frustration. Excitement. Curiosity." - Mary Catherine Martin, Capital City Weekly

 

"Watching improv has a gut-churning equivalence to watching a high-wire act at the Grand Canyon, or watching people jumping off cliffs in neon webbed mylar suits like psychedelic (and psychotic) flying squirrels. Improv is amazing." - Clint J. Farr, Juneau Empire

 

About the Festival

 

Throughout Alaska, improvisational theater has gradually gained a foothold amongst the throngs of traditional scripted theater companies. Our state has been visited by guest artists from many of North America's most respected improvisational theater companies. Alaskan performers are also appearing in festivals around the world and emigrating into Outside companies when leaving the state.

 

AS IF! - The Alaska State Improv Festival is a celebration of improvisational theater in its vast spectrum of forms, and an opportunity for Alaska's own actors to perform alongside, meet with, and learn from others outside our own circle. We look forward to seeing you at AS IF! in April 2018.

 

PAST FESTIVAL ROSTERS (click on links for video)

 

2017

2H Club (Houston, TX)

808 (Los Angeles, CA)

Brown Ronny (New York, NY)

Chocolate Renaissance Theater (Anchorage, AK)

Cogs & Goggles (Juneau, AK)

Fancy Pants Mashup (Worldwide!)

Gazpacho! Gazpacho! (Portland, OR)

Green Eggs & Cunningham (Portland, OR)

History Under the Influence (Austin, TX - no recorded footage)

Improv from All Over (Worldwide!) Team Jastroch / Team Miller / Team Yichao

Improvised Hip Hopera (Seattle, WA)

Jonestroch (Austin, TX)

Leegion (Edmonton, AB)

Liss n' Sams (San Francisco, CA)

Magical Lying Hour (Houston, TX)

Mr. Rogers After Dark (Seattle, WA - no recorded footage)

Mr. Snake (Seattle, WA)

North/South Hip Hop Throwdown Part 1 Part 2 (Seattle/Los Angeles/Anchorage)

Physics Curse (Austin, TX)

Pint of Life (Seattle, WA)

Rufio (Atlanta, GA)

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK - no recorded footage)

Secret Bagel (Seattle, WA)

Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

Virginia Slims (Hollywood, CA)

WilburWilburNealbur (Wakefield, RI)

Zach & Zeke (Sitka, AK)

 

2016

808 (Los Angeles, CA - no recorded footage)

Cogs & Goggles (Juneau, AK)

The Elements (Minneapolis, MN)

Human Propaganda (Seattle, WA)

I Am the Show (San Diego, CA)

The Illuminaughty (Seattle, WA)

Mike Brown's Solo Improv Extravaganza (New York, NY)

Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX)

Peachy Chicken (Portland, OR)

Pop Pop In the Attic (Juneau, AK)

The Right Now (San Francisco, CA)

Rollin' In Riches (Santa Monica, CA)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK - no recorded footage)

Seriously Obnoxious (Juneau, AK - no recorded footage)

Squirrel Buddies (Austin, TX)

Stag (Chicago, IL)

Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

Wilbur Wilbur Nealbur (Wakefield, RI)

Winter Formal (Chicago, IL)

 

2015

1 Deep (New York, NY)

Franz and Dave (Austin, TX)

Gazpacho! Gazpacho! (Portland, OR)

The Gentleman's Falcon (Chicago, IL)

History Under the Influence (Austin, TX)

Iditaprov (Talkeetna, AK)

The Illuminaughty (Seattle, WA)

ImprovBoston All Stars (Boston, MA)

Joyride (Portland, OR)

Manacle (Juneau, AK)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK)

My Best Fiend (Austin, TX)

Pistil and Stamen (Chicago, IL)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Sid (Sitka, AK)

Tall Grande Venti (San Francisco, CA / Seattle, WA)

Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

 

2014

Big Ol' Show (Atlanta, GA)

The Black Vault (Austin, TX)

Callin' All Mockeries (Juneau, AK)

Carskee (Seattle, WA)

Galapagos (Phoenix, AZ)

Indigo Shift (Austin, TX)

The LA Frontier (Los Angeles, CA)

Messing with a Friend (Chicago, IL)

Mike Brown's Solo Improv Extravaganza (New York, NY)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK)

Pawn Takes Queen (Cedar City, UT)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK)

Strange Worlds (Austin, TX)

Underhanded Improv (Chicago, IL)

 

2013

Call of the Wild (Boston, MA)

Cat Pack (Seattle, WA)

Little Man (Chicago, IL)

Mike Brown's Solo Improv Extravaganza (New York, NY)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK - no recorded footage)

Not Safe for Improv (Juneau, AK)

Pinque Pony (Chicago, IL)

Ranger Danger and the Danger Ranger (Los Angeles, CA)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK)

Squirrel Buddies (Austin, TX)

Sybil (Chicago, IL)

 

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Our Town: Juneau, Alaska

Juneau maintains a small town feel, while featuring a vibrant artistic community, rich history, and world-class scenery.

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Our Improv: Since 2004

When a town of 30,000 hosts a festival like this, there has to be a story. Learn a little about our story and our improv.

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About Your Hosts

The AS IF! team is made up of people well versed in community theater with experience in hosting talent from outside Alaska.

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