Application starts on May, 1st at 10 a.m.

12 hours of intensive work

You can choose one of three twelve-hour workshops from our wonderful workshop leaders. This year, we're dedicating all three workshops to the common question of how we can approach controversial, painful, political and challenging stories, subjects and characters artistically and respectfully – while still making the audience laugh, but also cry, tingle and reflect upon their lives?
Please note our conditions of participation and the level system.

PS – for "old hands": the organisational procedure has changed a little compared to the last years: Tickets are sold via Yesticket, so there is no lottery, and participants organise their own accommodation. The Youth Hostel is of course available and remains the smartest option, especially for late risers who like to fall out of bed into the workshop. You'll get more information after registration.

Hila Di Castro

Andrew Hefler

Inbal Lori

Conditions of participation

Code of Conduct
We have developed a short code of conduct to ensure that everybody feels safe and happy and can get the most out of their experience at the Würzburger Improtheaterfestival. Reading through this code will give you an idea of our festival philosophy and values.

Cancellation of your workshop place
Until July 31st you can cancel your workshop spot and we will refund your festival fee minus an administrative fee of 30 Euros. If you cancel your spot after July 31st, we can only refund your participation fee minus the administrative fee of 30 Euro if we can fill your place - you are also welcome to suggest a person.

No liability can be accepted for self-inflicted accidents, wardrobe, damage to property and lost items.


The level system helps us building homogeneous workshop groups to ensure that everybody gets the most out of their workshop experience. Please make an honest and self-critical assessment of which level best suits you. We reserve the right to cancel bookings whose level does not match the stated level of the workshop.

1. Experienced

I rehearse with an ensemble on a regular basis, and have experience performing improvisation on the stage. I have participated in some impro workshops.

2. Advanced

I perform regularly on stage and I rehearse on a regular basis with a fixed ensemble. I have been involved in introducing performance formats to the place where I primarily improvise, either by developing these or by introducing these from elsewhere. I’ve introduced others into improvisation, either through beginner training or mentoring newer players in an ensemble.

3. Professional

I perform regularly on stage and I rehearse on a regular basis with a fixed ensemble. I have developed formats and presented these formats in cities outside of the one I’m based in. I have a professional approach to my improvisational work. I’ve developed others in improvisation, by offering advanced training on multiple occasions, or by coaching ensembles.

Hila Di Castro: Intimacy in impro (Level 1 - Experienced)

Intimacy in impro

Teacher: Hila Di Castro from Tel-Aviv/Israel
Level: Level 1 - Experienced
Language: English
Price: 270€ regular // 200€ reduced*
Duration: Friday, 25.10.24, 2pm until Sunday, 27.10.24, 2pm


Would you like create a theatre experience where the audience is holding their breath and tension can be cut with a knife? Allowing intimacy into your improvisation scene work is a way to achieve this.
Often, however, we shy away from honest, private, loving, passionate or heartbreaking moments on stage. Why? What are our limitations and apprehensions? In order to be intimate on stage, we need to let down our guards and be fully authentic with someone else. If we can trust ourselves and our fellow players, then we can slip into the intimacy zone with our characters and their stories.
In this workshop, we will learn procedures to feel completely comfortable and safe with our partners on stage. Then we will bring this training into scenes and discover the full range of intimate situations that can happen between characters. Whether it be small delicate experiences, or those bigger-than-life moments that require our full commitment and bravery, we’ll explore how far and how deep we would like these scenes to go. We'll see how becoming vulnerable helps us to mesmerize the audience and create stories full of tension, fondness and flair.

Note: This type of work is not about touch (although touch can happen, if it is comfortable for both sides)

Hila Di Castro is an actress, international improviser and teacher based in Israel. You can find her every year in Pandora improve festival (Italy) as she is the director of the international cast. Hila is the co-founder, member and co-artistic director of the trio MOMENTUM – one of the leading improv groups in Israel. She is the creator and director of the show "Woman up!" and also the host and one of the performers both in the Israeli and the international cast. She is leading this show with a vision of a worldwide project to create a web of women groups performing it worldwide. Hila is the co-founder of "equal & above" improve workshops and shows that aims to advocate gender equity throughout Israel and the world. For over 10 years Hila tours the world performing and teaching acting and improv. She has visited over 10 countries, Bringing her unique, inspiring, personal style and improv philosophy.

Andrew Hefler: Taboos, Misbehaviour and Challenging Themes (Level 2 - Advanced)

Taboos, Misbehaviour and Challenging Themes

Teacher: Andrew Hefler from Budapest/Hungary
Level: 2 - Advanced
Language: English
Price: 270€ regular // 200€ reduced*
Duration: Friday, 25.10.24, 2pm until Sunday, 27.10.24, 2pm


Do you feel like improvised shows revisit the same types of scenes over and over? Do you ever leave the theatre unable to remember what you saw or why you saw it? There are strong arguments to be made for light entertainment. Quick comedy is playful and spontaneous, and audiences deserve to laugh. Still, the stage is a dangerous place. It should not lack consequence.
This workshop is about putting risqué or unsavory behavior on stage and exposing its effect. It is a chance to explore controversial or troubling content and learn how to handle it sensitively and poignantly. We'll turn up the temperature on risk and relationship and play informed characters that champion philosophies or feelings quite the opposite of our own. Participants will develop the skills of naughtiness and mischief in a playful atmosphere of support and trust. There will be fun and failure as well as candid constructive feedback.

Andrew Hefler is a performer, director, trainer working in theatre, music, film and television for nearly thirty years. He was first introduced to Improvisational theatre at the age of 10 in grade school in Los Angeles. Since then he has worked with theatre groups in the US, Canada, Europe and since 1994 in his homebase of Budapest. He was a founding member of the experimental impro trio Scalabouche and later he founded Grund Theatre in 2008 developing a company and training methods for actors and shows for performance. Grund Theatre has a strong mission for creating progressive relevant improvised theatre, television content, and skill building courses for the public. Education for people in the entertainment industry as well as applying improvisation for a wide range of clients from the professional business, socially conscious sectors.

Inbal Lori: The Time is Now! - Dark & Uncomfortable Scenes (Level 3 - Professional)

The Time is Now! - Dark & Uncomfortable Scenes

Teacher: Inbal Lori from Tel-Aviv/Israel
Level: 3 - Professional
Language: English
Price: 270€ regular // 200€ reduced*
Duration: Friday, 25.10.24, 2pm until Sunday, 27.10.24, 2pm


The world is changing fast, and we are often not sure what we are “allowed” to do on stage and what is “inappropriate”. We find ourselves facing questions like:
How do we tackle political, racial, gender issues in improvisation?
How do we play the bad guys and/or people who are different from us?
What do we want to say and how do we avoid propaganda while saying it?
How do we keep our improvisation playful and funny while tackling deep, disputed, or dubious topics?
If you are interested in making relevant, meaningful, thought-evoking improvisation – this workshop is for you! Come open minded, assume good intentions, and join the ride.

Inbal Lori is a graduate of Jerusalem art high school (1994) and Nisan Nativ acting studio (2000). Since then She writes and acts for television and theater and has won prizes and scholarships for her acting and writing. Inbal started improvising in Tel Aviv in 2001. In 2015 Inbal moved to Berlin and since then she is teaching and performing all over the world in places like: the U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Colombia, Japan, Nigeria and Europe. In a business context Inbal is working and coaching companies like: Spotify, Disney, EY, Doberman, McKinsey, Rolls Royce and more.

* Categories such as students, employed, etc. do not always reflect the actual financial situation. Please decide for yourself if you are able to pay the regular price or if you need a discount. We trust that the reduced price will benefit those who really need it.


For the little ones, so the big ones can play

Would you like to participate in one of our workshops, but your children can't be left alone yet? This year, we're offering childcare for the first time! Children aged four and above can participate in the service. The structure of the service will be tailored according to the age of the registered children. Here are the conditions:

  • Your child is four years old or older.
  • We will only provide care during workshop times.
  • If you only want to use the service for part of the workshop time, you can also book a half-day time slot.
  • We offer a total of four time slots for childcare (Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning).
  • Cost: €25 per time slot -> full workshop time: €100.

If you would like to book childcare, first book your desired workshop on Yesticket. In the confirmation email, there will be a link to a form. Fill it out and indicate that you would like to book childcare. We will then clarify everything with you via email. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at!

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