April 27 - May 1, 2017

McPhetres Hall and

Hangar Ballroom

Juneau, Alaska

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AS IF 2017 Workshops




SOLD OUT!!! Friday, April 28, 9:00am - 1:00pm SOLD OUT!!!

MASTER CLASS - World Creation with Marcus Sams (San Francisco) - $70

Using easy to grasp concepts, World Creation presents an original technique for creating an improvised environment. Using the “If-Then” approach to space objects will allow you to systematically create an interactive world that spawns from a single thought at the top of the scene, allowing your mind to slow down and allows brilliant specificity to emerge. Through exercises, drills, and techniques, you will learn the tools to create an improvised world in which you will be emotionally invested and more grounded, allowing you to play with more calm and freedom.

About the Instructor: Marcus Sams is a professionally working actor and is the owner and operator of Improv with Marcus.


Friday, April 28, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Seinfelding with Kevin Miller (Austin) - $35

Do you struggle with the very beginning of a scene? Take Larry David’s advice: do nothing. Start a scene by talking about the weather, or your coffee, or any other boring thing. Kevin Miller will teach you how to let your scenes grow organically, without worrying about the “who, what, where.” You’ll end up with a funnier scene than you could ever think up on your own.

About the Instructor: Kevin Miller is the Dean of Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation in Austin, Texas.



Saturday, April 29, 10:00am - Noon

Straight/Absurd Dynamics with Michael Jastroch (Austin) - $35

This workshop will cover the basics of the straight/absurd character dynamic that drives 90% of all successful comedy improv scenes. We’ll explore what it means to be absurd, how to construct believable fun straight men, and how to identify and exploit that dynamic in the first brief moments of the scene.

About the Instructor: Michael Jastroch is the founder of ColdTowne Theater and has been nominated for Best Teacher at the Austin Improv Collective Awards.



SOLD OUT!!! Saturday, April 29, 1:30pm - 4:30pm SOLD OUT!!!

Creating Character, Not Caricature with Joe Liss (San Francisco) - $50

In this 3-hour workshop you will explore different ways to improve and sustain your character play while improvising. Great character work helps you make more discoveries, break out of ruts and give scenes new energy (and you’ll probably get more laughs).

About the Instructor: Joe Liss is a veteran improvisor, actor, and screenwriter whose credits include Third Rock from the Sun, Drawn Together, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.


Sunday, April 30, 10:00am - Noon

Character Monologues and Solo Scenes - Cortnie Jones (Austin) - $35

Unlock techniques to confidently make character decisions onstage and heighten without a scene partner! Stop depending on your scene partners, and create your own context. In this workshop, students will learn how to improvise solo scenes that can be written into solo sketches. Want to write your own sketch show? This is the place to start.

About the Instructor: Cortnie Jones is an acclaimed comedic character actor and is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in Austin improv.



Sunday, April 30, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Who Are You? - Ronny Pascale (New York City) - $50

You are many people. You are a waiter, a gas station attendant, a barista, an astronaut, a space zombie, a time-traveling Van Gogh painting with a funny accent, but underneath it all, You are You. You were born, grew up, and had life experiences, good ones and less-good ones. This workshop focuses on bringing all of your experiences to the surface. We will focus on You being You in all of your scenes. Using traditional acting exercises, clown exercises, and gym unadulterated fun, we will attempt to get to the core of who You are. Part acting exercises, part psychology experiment, this workshop will give you the tools to be Yourself on stage. Nothing is more interesting than You. Just be You.

About the Instructor: Ronny Pascale is the Associate Artistic Director at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) in New York City.





96% of surveyed performers say AS IF exceeded or greatly exceeded their evpectations!


"Communication is excellent. By and far, I felt more taken care of at this festival than any other festival I've been to. That removes so much logistical stress, that I felt free to fully enjoy my time during the festival." - Zeke Blackwell (Sid)


"Your festival is the right size. And you all do a wonderful job of hosting and taking care of us in terms of both the improv and seeing the area." Ceej Allen (Franz & Dave, My Best Fiend)


")I love that it's small enough that everyone can hang out a bunch. Really awesome. You were also a fabulous host!" - Aden Kirschner (Manacle)


"Hospitality was amazing. Taking time out to show us around and have us over for dinner was way above and beyond expectations. Thank you." - Brian Agosta (ImprovBoston)





2016 Performers (Alphabetical by City):

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK)

Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX)

Squirrel Buddies (Austin, TX)

Stag (Chicago, IL)

Winter Formal (Chicago, IL)

Cogs & Goggles (Juneau, AK)

Pop Pop In the Attic (Juneau, AK)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Seriously Obnoxious (Juneau, AK)

808 (Los Angeles, CA)

The Elements (Minneapolis, MN)

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

Peachy Chicken (Portland, OR)

I Am the Show (San Diego, CA)

The Right Now (San Francisco, CA)

Rollin' In Riches (Santa Monica, CA)

Human Propaganda (Seattle, WA)

The Illuminaughty (Seattle, WA)

Wilbur Wilbur Nealbur (Wakefield, RI)


2015 Performers (Alphabetical by City):

Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

Franz and Dave (Austin, TX)

History Under the Influence (Austin, TX)

My Best Fiend (Austin, TX)

ImprovBoston All-Stars (Boston, MA)

The Gentleman's Falcon (Chicago, IL)

Pistil & Stamen (Chicago, IL)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Tall Grande Venti (Los Angeles, CA)

1 Deep (New York, NY)

Gazpacho! Gazpacho! (Portland, OR)

Joyride (Portland, OR)

Manacle (Portland, OR)

The Illuminaughty (Seattle, WA)

Sid (Sitka, AK)

Iditaprov (Talkeetna, AK)


2014 Performers (Alphabetical by City):

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK)

Big Ol' Show (Atlanta, GA)

The Black Vault (Austin, TX)

Indigo Shift (Austin, TX)

Strange Worlds (Austin, TX)

Pawn Takes Queen (Cedar City, UT)

Messing with a Friend (Chicago, IL / Los Angeles, CA)

Underhanded Improv (Chicago, IL)

Callin' All Mockeries (Juneau, AK)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

The LA Frontier (Los Angeles, CA)

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

Galapagos (Phoenix, AZ)

Carskee (Seattle, WA)


2013 Performers (Alphabetical by City):

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK)

Squirrel Buddies (Austin, TX)

Call of the Wild (Boston, MA)

Little Man (Chicago, IL)

Pinque Pony (Chicago, IL)

Sybil (Chicago, IL)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK)

Not Safe for Improv (Juneau, AK)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

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

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

Cat Pack (Seattle, WA)





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