Dates: June 7 – June 11, 2017

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Festival Details

The five-day Ocean State Improv Festival brings together artists and troupes to create an interconnected community that teaches, learns, inspires, and performs together on Rhode Island’s beautiful southern coast!

  • Nightly performances showcase the fantastic talents of performers from all over the world.
  •  A broad slate of workshops and multi-day intensives by top-flight teachers immerse you in new experiences, passions, and a worldwide network of inspiring collaborators.
  • Brunches, excursions, and parties highlight Rhode Island’s phenomenal coastal environment and restaurants.
  • “Mixer shows” (Theatresports, Micetro, Gorilla, and the Duo Bracket Challenge) and workshop showcases let individual artists and members of troupes perform alongside new friends.


The Ocean State Improv Festival seeks troupes and individuals to join us as performers and learners! Our festival welcomes all styles of performers with an eye toward sets full of theatricality and positivity!

Meals, parties, and excursions provide socializing and networking time, and multi-day intensives with showcase performances let you work and perform with new collaborators and friends. OSIF features theatrically-inclined improvisation, and values education as much as performance. The Contemporary Theater Company produces scripted and unscripted shows on a weekly basis, and these teachers and topics will challenge you to enhance your work with greater interest in physicality, musicality, sexuality, genre, narrative, and more – taught by some of our continent’s finest instructors.

Show Schedule


7 pm: three 20-minute sets, intermission, Juliet & Juliet (Minneapolis)
9:30 pm: 12-minute opener, 20-minute set, Dark Side of the Room from Dad’s Garage (Atlanta)
Party at Phil’s Main Street Grille
7 pm: Three 20-minute acts, intermission, 20-minute set, Large Mouth Bass from Providence Improv Guild (Providence)
9:30 pm: Gorilla – Five directors from five theaters, one winner!
Party at the Ocean Mist
5 pm: One 12-minute opener, two 20-minute sets, Showcase from the Shakespeare Workshop.
7 pm: Airwolf from UCB (New York), Dark Side of the Room, intermission, Parallelogramophonograph from the Hideout Theatre (Austin)
9:30 pm: All Star Micetro (Maestro) - 16 Players from across the festival, one winner!
11 pm: Three 20-minute sets
Party at Salt Water Tavern
5 pm: Two 20-minute sets, Showcase from the Musical Intensive Workshop
7 pm: Large Mouth Bass, Juliet & Juliet, intermission, Parallelogramophonograph
9:30 pm: Theatresports Match – featuring RI Interscholastic Improv League, and guest teams!
11 pm: One 20-minute set, Airwolf, Showcase from the Kaisa Kokko classes.
Party at Mews Tavern
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Duo Bracket Challenge at Whalers Brewing Company
Duo Bracket Challenge: Over the fest, folks pair up and submit new duos; 16 are selected for the bracket challenge. Duos are pair head-to-head, and each gets 6 minutes on stage. The audience votes for who moves on.


The Ocean State Improv Festival is focused on providing opportunities to create a community of improvisers that teaches, learns, inspires, and performs together! For full descriptions and registration for workshops, click here.

Workshop offerings will be updated as instructors and details are confirmed:

Workshop Schedule


10 am – 1 pm: Juliet & Juliet, Minneapolis – Improvised Shakespeare Intensive, Day 1 of 2

10 am – 1 pm: Kirsten King from Dark Side of the Room from Atlanta, GA – Authenticity and Newness

2 pm – 4 pm: Keith Munslow, Providence Improv Guild – Musical Intensive, Day 1 of 3

2 pm – 5 pm: Kaisa Kokko – New Ensemble Workshop, Day 1 of 2


10 am – 1 pm: Juliet & Juliet – Improvised Shakespeare Intensive, Day 2 of 2

10 am – 1 pm: Parallelogramophonograph from Austin, TX – Villainy - Playing Villains!

2 pm – 4 pm: Keith Munslow – Musical Intensive, Day 2 of 3

2 pm – 5 pm: Kaisa Kokko – New Ensemble Workshop, Day 2 of 2


10 am – 1 pm: Ryan Hartigan, University of Nebraska at Omaha – Theatresports

10 am – 1 pm: Parallelogramophonograph – Narrative Intensive Day 1 of 2

2 pm – 4 pm: Keith Munslow – Musical Intensive, Day 3 of 3

2 pm – 5 pm: Ben Rameaka, Airwolf, UCB – Eventé


10 am – 1 pm: Parallelogramophonograph – Narrative Intensive Day 2 of 2

10 am – 1 pm: Cris Gray from Dark Side of the Room from Atlanta, GA – Improv for Writers

10 am – 1 pm: Kaisa Kokko - Getting Closer



Southern Rhode Island is a beautiful and exciting area, and June is the perfect time to enjoy it! There will be planned group outings like trips to some of the dozens of local beaches, kayaking and paddle boarding, a trip to Newport featuring the Cliff Walk along the cliffs overlooking the ocean and the adjacent Newport Mansions, a ferry ride and afternoon on Block Island, hiking and bird watching, and other exciting trips around the great Ocean State!

Travel and Accommodations

We are located in Wakefield, Rhode Island in beautiful South County. Driving: We are 20 minutes off of I-95. Detailed directionsTrain: Kingston Station on the Northeast Corridor of Amtrak is 15 minutes from the theater. Wickford Station on the commuter rail from Boston is 15 minutes from the theater. We will have transportation from the stations available if you let us know your arrival time. Air: Providence T.F. Green Airport is half an hour from the theater, and Boston Logan Airport is an hour and a half from the theater. We will have transportation from the airports available if you let us know your arrival time.


There are three housing options available:

1) Community Homestay:  Many members of our theatrical community are willing to host participants for the duration of the festival. Accommodations range from independent guest apartments to spare rooms to couch-surfing. This option is free, but a limited quantity is available. If you would be interested, our housing coordinator will contact you to learn about specific needs and preferences, and to see if an arrangement can be made. Please also indicate if you would prefer option 2 or option 3 in the event that no Homestay can be arranged for you.

2) Festival Housing: We are coordinating stays at a local facility that houses students throughout the academic year. This housing will be similar to dorm-room housing.

3) Independent housing: A local B&B just down the street from the theater (easy walk), Sugar Loaf Hill B&B, has offered a special discounted rate (about 50% off the normal rate) for festival performers! Most rooms for two are approximately $75/night. Additionally, there are many more hotels, Air B&Bs, and B&Bs in this area, and while none are extremely cheap, all are excellent. Investigate at your own will!

There will be complimentary catered brunches for performers on Saturday and Sunday, and nightly parties at local establishments!

Tickets and Fees


Application/Registration Fees:

Troupe Regular Application – $25


Performer Same-Day Pass (all shows and events on the day you perform): Free!

Performer Day Pass – $15

Performer All-Access Pass:  $50, T-shirt (Performer All-Access Pass free when you take 9+ hours of workshops!)


Single-Show Prices:

Base Price – $10

Headliner Shows (7pm Fri & Sat) – $20


Day Pass – $20

Festival All-Access Pass – $60, T-shirt, Brunches with performers, Whaler’s Party


Workshop Fees:

Parallelogramophonograph Narrative Intensive:  $99/6 hours
Other Workshops: $12/hour for first 6 hours of workshops, $8/hour after that

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