Does everything always have to grow? Nope! We long for a small, cosy festival. Fewer workshops, fewer participants, but finally the chance to get to know everyone. Sounds good? Here you can find all the information about the 21st edition of our festival.
Kevin Gillese from Atlanta/USA is back in Würzburg and is bringing a show format: A funny and heart-warming improv show featuring personal stories from the cast. Join us on April, 26th at 8pm at the Theater am Neunerplatz.
Kevin Gillese is a Canadian comedy guy. On April 24th 2023 he will offer a workshop on The Tao of Improv in which we will explore how contrast, tension and opposites can be used to create compelling stories, characters and moments in improvised theatre inspired by Taoist philosophy.
09 January 2023
On to a new festival in 2023!
Pull out your calendars and mark the last weekend in October! From October 26th to 29th there will again be improvised theater from all over the world - here in Würzburg.
In a few weeks our international improtheater festival is already coming up! Our show program has recently been published and we are very happy about guests from Germany, Slovenia, Israel, Indonesia, Norway, Spain and the USA. With them they bring their favorite shows and the enthusiasm to storm the stages of Würzburg. Tickets can be purchased online at Yesticket. It pays to be quick - the festival shows are often sold out. We are looking forward to seeing you!
17 June 2022
Apply with your own show format!
It's probably already too cold for a show in the forest in October, but surely you have other exciting suggestions, which shows we should present at this year's festival on the stages of Würzburg. We are looking forward to your ideas! Until June 29th you can apply (as a group or individually) with one or more formats for the Würzburger Improtheaterfestival. The application form and more information about the conditions can be found here.
01 May 2022
Workshop Registration starts on May 9th!
We are so excited! Starting May 9th at 7pm, you can register for a workshop at the festival. Be quick: there is no lottery this year. Five wonderful workshop teachers are waiting for you! What's special about this year: there will be five-day format labs in addition to the traditional weekend workshops. They include playing in a show at the festival. You find all info here.
Happy New Year! We want to start 2022 with good news. That's why we're announcing today: There will be... drum roll... a festival in the fall. We've already got big plans, because we're celebrating a big birthday this year, too. You can mark the 26th to 30th of October in your calendar!
The Corona pandemic has disarrayed a lot of things - including our festival. That's why we strike a new path for this year and are moving our festival to the summer. From July 9th to 11th the Würzburger Improtheaterfestival will take place - for the first time in a Flip-Flop-Edition! The organization is still under construction, but information will follow soon!
17 February 2021
"Making up with improv" - our first podcast is out!
Today is launch day! The first two episodes of our podcast "Making up with with improv" hosted by Lena Försch are out now. Thank you to our wonderful guests Lisa Rowland from San Francisco and Amir Atsmon from Tel Aviv. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Podcasts and right here on this website.
New episodes will be released every other Wednesday.
The international Würzburger Improtheaterfestival 2020 took place from October 22nd till 25th. Due to Covid-19-conditions workshops were cancelled and we spontaneous invented an alternative show programme. Here you find all details to the original planned festival.
The festival is just around the corner and our first show is already sold out. It's Gorilla, on Thursday 22nd of October at 8 PM, but for the English version at 10 PM there are still tickets available!
As you know, everything is different this year due to Covid19, including the system of seat assignments at our shows. So even if the shows are actually sold out, there might still be seats available due to last-minute changes! We keep you up to date!
Tickets and information about all shows can be found here.
28 September 2020
More tickets for already sold out shows!
It's quite the puzzle this year, but good things come out in the end - we were able to make out a few more free seats in all the already sold-out shows. From now on you can buy tickets again via our show page.
22 September 2020
Ticket presale has started!
We are totally excited! The sale for the shows in October has started! And we're incredibly looking forward to the great improvisers who will be on stage in Würzburg this year. Have a look through the programme and please notice the information regarding ticket sale and Covid-19.
After she brought her Workshop „Voice is the Body“ to Würzburg in 2018 we are happy to have Aliki Dourmazer from Thessaloniki back! This time together with her amazing colleague Eilon Morris from Great Britain with his Workshop „Habitual Rhythms“.
Are you ready to work on voice, body, rhythm all the same time, all together, and digital?
We are more than happy! We really did not expect so many registrations within such a short time. All festival workshops are now fully booked. But you can still register, you will be put on our waiting list. There is still a good chance that you will be able to participate, because if Corona measures allow it, we will increase the workshops to our normal number of participants. We keep our fingers crossed!
16 June 2020
Workshop registration begins!
The time has come - today, on June 16th at 7 PM, the registration form for this year's workshops will be activated. You want to have a look at the program before? Go ahead!
Due to your financial situation you cannot afford to attend one of the workshops this year? We offer 3 scholarships which reduce the participation fee greatly. At the same time we have called on the community to double the number of scholarships to 6 by donations. We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in our festival! You can find all information about the application procedure, the conditions etc. here. We are looking forward to your applications!
Many people in our community have experienced financial losses in this crazy year. Our association is unfortunately also affected by this. Nevertheless we would like to support those who cannot afford to participate in the festival this year - and you can help us!
You'd like to not only paticipate in the festival but also perform? No problem! This year, we are introducing the show case classes. Under the professional guidance of either Nele Kießling or Gunter Lösel you will learn a new show format and perform it in front of an audience during the festival weekend. More info can be found here.
03 June 2020
Workshop teachers 2020!
We are delighted to have six wonderful workshop teachers on board this year: Gunter Lösel, Regina Fabian, Nele Kießling, Sten Rudstrøm and Michael Bibo. The workshops can be viewed here shortly and registration will start on June 16th!
06 May 2020
Corona Update: There will be a festival in 2020!
Until recently we had no idea how and if the festival would continue, but now we have made a decision: We are doing our best to make sure that the 19th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival can indeed take place! The new shortened festival period is from Wednesday, Oct. 21stto Sunday, Oct. 25th. Registrationfor the workshops starts on June 16th. There will be no lottery procedure, as this makes little sense this year. The places will simply be allocated after receiving the registration forms.
We are thrilled and looking forward!
01 April 2020
Corona and the show application process
On March 30th we were supposed to start the show application process for the 19th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival. We were already looking forward to reading all the inspiring format ideas that reach us every year. Due to the Corona crisis, however, we decided to postpone the show application process. At this point none of us know what the rest of the year will look like, so it does not make sense to keep going like we originally intended. We will keep you posted on all festival developments.
Keep safe! Virtual hugs to everyone!
19 December 2019
See you in 2020!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year from the festival-team in Würzburg! We are looking forward to more exciting adventures with you in 2020. Hooray!
We are delighted to present yet another highlight of the international improv scene shortly after the festival. The fantastic Rama Nicholas will return to Würzburg to present her format „Close to you…“ with an international cast at the theater ensemble on November 29th and 30th. Get your tickets now! For more info on the show, go here!
Wanna participate in a workshop at the festival? We have a few open spots! Just fill out the application form and we will get back to you!
16 September 2019
The pre sale has begun!!
We are super excited to announce that the pre salee for the festival shows has begun! Twelve awesome shows are waiting for you guys! You can buy tickets online on this website. Have fun browsing through our programme!
08 May 2019
Yeah! The application process is starting!
It. Is. Happening. Today we open up the application process for all the workshops at the 18th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival! Until May 22nd you can fill out the form and your application will automatically go into our lottery. Afterwards we will draw names from all the applicants to allocate the workshop spots. Good luck to all of you! #ifwue #workshops #application
In October the Improtheaterfestival will again fill various stages in Würzburg with all kinds of shows from the international improvisation scene. You and/or your group would like to become a part of this varied program? You have the chance to present your show format at the 18th Würzburg Improtheaterfestival! Between 30 March and 27 April you can apply. More information and the application form can be found at Shows or directly to the form.
We look forward to your submissions!
31 October 2018
Thanks for this amazing festival!
We had such a great 17th Improtheaterfestival! Thanks to everybody, who made this event happen! Check out the pictures of our shows and workshops on Flickr and Facebook. If you want to stay tuned to everything happening around the Würzburger Improtheaterfestival e.V. subscribe to our newsletter right here at the bottom of this page.
The next Würzburger Improtheaterfestival will take place from Thursday, October 24th until Sunday, October 27th 2019. We hope to see all of you again next year!!
Today our festival start's, hooray! Lots of lovley people workshopping the next four days. There's also show's every night. Many of them are already sold out. But there are still a few tickets left. So come and enjoy the Festival.
04 September 2018
The pre sales are starting TODAY!
We are super excited to announce that the pre sales for the festival shows are starting today!
It begins! Today we are starting the application process for the 17th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival! Now you have two weeks (until May 22nd) to register for a workshop spot. Then we will put all the applications into our lottery, so everyone gets a fair chance to participate in a festival workshop.
Interested in bringing a show format to the 17th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival? Applications are open from now on until April 28th!
This year we again want to give you the possibility to present your ideas and show formats at the festival. We’re excited about your stage-perfect submissions! The ones that will finally perform at the festival we offer a guaranteed spot in a festival workshop of your choice and free ticket to a show. And, of course, the chance to present your work to our Würzburg audience!
More info and the application form can be found in Join the fest!
26 February 2018
A true classic of improvised theatre returns to Würzburg: The Maestro. We are delighted to announce that we will put on no less than three Maestro shows leading up to our grand festival in October: a spring edition, a summer edition, and a fall one! Be there to see the improvisers rock the stage - your favorite players from Würzburg as well as guests from all over Germany and the world.
A series of events organized by the Würzburger Improtheaterfestival e.V.
30 October 2017
See you next year!
We had a wonderful 16th Improtheaterfestival! Thanks to everybody, who made this event happen! You can find some pictures of our shows on Flickr. If you want to stay tuned to everything happening around the Würzburger Improtheaterfestival e.V. subscribe to our newsletter right here at the bottom of this page.
The next improve festival will take place from Thursday, October 25th until Sunday, October 28th 2018. We hope to see all of you again next year!
Thos saturday, the 23rd of September, our festival volunteers will present a show directed by Inbal Lori from Israel. We're looking forward to seeing you there!
@Cairo // Begin: 8 pm // Pay what you want
05 September 2017
Advance ticket sale has started!
Yeah! The advance ticket sale has started! Our national and international guests present 9 shows in 7 different venues from the 26th to the 28th of October! You can purchase tickets online or in Würzburg at the Jugendkulturhaus Cairo, H2O, Kellerperle, Nähcafé Edeltraud, B-Hof, Zeychen&Wunder. Looking forward to seeing you there!
03 May 2017
Start of the application process for the 16th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival
It begins! From today until May 17th you can apply for one of our four festival workshops. As usual, we will then put all the applications into a lottery to determine who will get a spot. We are keeping our fingers crossed for all of you!
Interested in bringing a show format to the 16th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival? Applications are open from March 22nd until April 19th!
This year we again want to give you the possibility to present your ideas and improve formats at the festival. We’re excited about your submissions! The ones that will finally perform at the festival we offer a guaranteed spot in a festival workshop of your choice and free entrance to one festival show of your choice. And, of course, the chance to present your work to our Würzburg audience!
More info and the application form can be found in Join the fest!
We’re happy to announce the workshop teachers of this year’s festival! We put together a variety of themes and workshops and we hope it will be inspiring to you! Also, all of our workshops will last 18 hours which will give you the chance to go deeper into each topic.
You wondering what we have in store for you at the 16th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival? It's time for some delicious revelations! Everything changes and so does the festival. Having put on a big and crazy anniversary extravaganza last year, we decided to go small and cosy in 2017. From Oct. 26th until 29th we will give you four workshops that will not only take 12 but 18 hours! We are super excited about an intense experience that will allow this year's participants to go deep into each workshop subject... Stay tuned for more details.
Happy New Year everyone! We hope you’ve all had a great start to 2017. Any resolutions on your side? We certainly have a few. For instance throwing an unforgettable 16th edition of our festival. A couple of things will be changing this year. Stay tuned!
06 November 2016
Our next highlight: David Razowsky
Dear festival participants,
the weekend is over and we hope that you had a wonderful festival! Before the blues have a chance to set in, there is already something great on the horizon: The wonderful David Razowsky is coming to Wuerzburg in December, to deliver a weekend workshop in the Cairo. On the Sunday evening, David will direct a show involving all participants interested in taking part.
There are still a few places free, so if you are interested in coming back to Wuerzburg - or didn't have the chance to participate in the festival workshops this year - now is the chance!
Dear Würzburg, dear international guests! Today the advance sales for all shows of this year's festival - our 15th anniversary - begins. Hooray!!!
01 September 2016
Sean McCann becomes workshop teacher
Unfortunately Alan Cox had to step back as one of our workshop teachers this year. But we are delighted to announce that Sean McCann, also from The School of Night in London, will be filling his space. Sean, we are very excited about having you on board!
18 August 2016
Das Würzburger Improtheaterfestival präsentiert: Maestro™
Würzburgs Improspieler*Innen machen sich fit für das baldige Festival und stellen sich dem ultimativen Wettkampf ...
09 August 2016
Another workshop is underway
Big news, everyone: We’re delighted to announce that we will offer a 7th workshop at the festival taught by Mats Eldøen from Oslo/Norway - good news for 14 people from the waiting list! We’re super happy that Mats will be there for the festival… and not just to teach a workshop by the way. But more about that, when we release the show program. Which is SOON.
17 May 2016
Come to Würzburg!
Ladies and Gentlemen - The application process for the 15th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival starts NOW!
Starting today you’ll have two weeks (until May 31st) to apply for one of our weekend workshops and one/two of our Thursday classes. If that’s not enough for you we have good news. To celebrate our anniversary we decided to add an extra day to the festival and let it start on Wednesday, Oct. 26th already with a special show. Come to Würzburg early and celebrate with us! We can’t wait to have you here!
So there will be six weekend workshops... but that's not everything. For all of you who would like to get the most out of their festival experience we have good news. We will additionally offer four three-hour classes on Thursday. They will be taught by:
In the past four months we have been busy restructuring our organization. Many things have changed, but not our motivation to set up an amazing festival for you! Here is the team of the 15th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival: Luisa, Christoph, Kathrin, Lena und - new on board - Alex!
Usually improvisation theatre is for the moment and the same scene will never be seen again! But this time, we’ll show you something that is magnetised eternally on a little data storage: The impro movie of the correspondent joint project “Should I stay or should I go?”!
Improvisers from five different countries asked the question, why people leave a place or may stay there. They recorded their experiences they gained in exchange with others for the screen.
Cooperating with the Cairo and the Central repertory cinema we’re looking forward to presenting you the result: On Tuesday, 25th November, 6.30 p.m. at the Central!
… and how wonderful it's been! Thanks so much to all our workshop teachers, volunteers, participants, our friends from the Cairo and the Würzburg audience for making this weekend unforgettable! We can’t wait for next year. From October 27th until October 30th 2016 we will celebrate our 15th anniversary!
Photo by Patty Varasano
26 October 2015
Music, Music, Music
Big things are happening at the Bürgerbräu tonight! Michael Bibo from Wiesbaden is going to present a grand musical competition that no casting show in TV could compete with! There will be solo acts, duo acts, dancing, performing and most importantly: singing singing singing!
Three of this year's festival shows are already sold out: "Möbius", "Razowsky & Bill" and "The Shell Game"... for all other shows there are still a couple of tickets left. Get yourself tickets, as long as you can!
We are looking forward to seeing you at the festival!
01 September 2015
It’s getting serious…
The first placards are hanging, the programme is nearly printed and from today on the show website is online! As always we tried to put a diverse programme together so that everybody can find one’s personal highlight.
From the 17th September on the official advance sale is starting. You can purchase tickets online and at all ticket agencies.
But there are also still some few spots left in Stefanie Petereit’s Thursday class “Now or never: It’s about timing!”. Everybody who is interested, should contact us soon.
We’re looking forward to meeting you and to a great Improv Festival!
We are super happy to have an additional workshop teacher at this year’s improv festival! Joe Bill from the United States will not only be on stage, but also will teach an 8.5 hours workshop. The topic is “Emotional Listening”.
The application process is over and we are super happy about all your applications! Thank you for wanting to be a part of our festival!
Soon we will draw the names for the workshop spots and get back to you about the outcome in the next couple of days.
You can still apply with a show format until April 26th!
Yours, the festival-team
09 April 2015
The application process is starting
Guys, we are super excited! No need to wait any longer: The application process for the 14th Würzburger Improtheaterfestival starts TODAY! Now you have two weeks (until April 23rd) to apply for a festival workshop. Just fill out the application form.
We can’t wait for all your applications and we hold our thumbs for all of you!
Love, the festival-team
09 April 2015
We need something new ...
... we thought and designed an entirely new website. We are happy to present it to you right at the beginning of our application process. More clearly arranged and providing all the information you need - we hope, you like it!
On top of that, we also improved our online presence. You can find us on Twitter (again) and Flickr as well. And you can most certainly still join us on Facebook.
Nadine Antler (Würzburg/Germany) who knows the festival better than anybody else. In her workshop „Make Your Own Kind Of Music“ she will ask the following questions: Why do we go on stage? What are the things that truely inspire us?
Hey folks! If you'd like to bring a show format to this year's festival, now is the time to apply! Please note that we have changed the application process! In the last years we have often received emails from the applicants because it wasn't clear which information we need. So this year, we have designed an application form which gives you all the information you need to make things clear and to help you save time. You will find the form here. Just fill it out and we'll get back to you.
The application deadline is April 26th 2015. Very excited about all your submissions!