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Improv Festival Performances

Festival instructors, Unexpected Productions ensemble members, & select guests showcase their impressive improvisational abilities on stage.

Festival Schedule

6/27 – TUE  8 pm Jules Maes Saloon Festival Show – Georgetown

At the festival, teams create spontaneous scenes on the fly based on your suggestions. These scenes are so hilarious that it’s almost unbelievable that they are made up on the spot.

6/28 – WED 8 pm – Festival Duo Showcase

Enjoy a night filled with improv as pairs of improvisers from the Festival use your suggestions to create a fun and exciting experience.

6/29 – THU 8 pm – Puppet Improv Show

You may have seen an improv show, and you may have seen a puppet show, but have you ever seen an improv show starring a cast of puppets? If not, now’s your chance!

6/30 – FRI 6:00 – Dan O’Connor Improvised Play

Tonight, Dan O’Connor, the founder and former producing artistic director of the highly praised Impro Theatre in Los Angeles, along with the cast, will be performing a full-length play spontaneously. Dan is also a co-founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco and LA Theatresports.

6/30 – FRI 7:30 pm –Felipe Ortiz

Join Felipe Ortiz (founding memeber of La Gata Circo and Picnic Impro), hailing from Bogota, Colombia, as he combines acrobatics, clowning, physical theater, and object manipulation to push the boundaries of improvisation and create unique forms of artistic expression. Tonight, he invites you to be a part of his show!

6/30 – FRI 9:30 pm – Festival Theatresports

Ensemble members and invited Festival participants break into two teams creating hilarious stories, scenes, songs, and fast-paced improv games, all on the spot and in the moment.

7/1 – SAT 6 pm – Mixtape: An Improvised Playlist

A night of musical improv where the cast collaborates with a live musician to create a unique mixtape based on your input. A friendly host will guide you in determining the musical style, lyrical content, and arrangement to ensure an unforgettable experience.

7/1 – SAT 7:30 pm – Messing with John Lehr: An Improvised Clusterf**ck

Don’t miss the chance to witness “An Improvised Clusterf**k,” with Susan Messing and John Lehr, two seasoned performers with extensive experience in live theater, television, and movies. For one night only, they will take the stage and leave you in awe.

7/1 – SAT 9:30 pm – Festival Theatresports

Ensemble members and invited Festival participants break into two teams creating hilarious stories, scenes, songs, and fast-paced improv games, all on the spot and in the moment.

7/2 – SUN 7 pm – “The Leftovers” Combo Jam

Festival participants, teachers and UP ensemble collaborate with the audience for a night of enjoyment, humor, and joy.

Workshop Instructors
Workshop Schedule

John Lehr (Georgetown 16 max) IMPROV
Dan O’Connor (Georgetown 16 max)  genre/Impro theater
Dan O’Connor (Georgetown 16 max) genre/Impro theater
Ron Hippe (Georgetown  16 max) Improvising lyrics & Music
Felipe Ortiz (Market Theatre 200 max)

Felipe Ortiz (Georgetown 16 max) physical/Clowning
Susan Messing (Georgetown 16 max)
Matt Smith (Georgetown 16 max) Memory
Susan and John (Market Theatre 200 max)

Dan O’Connor (Georgetown 16 max)  genre/Impro theater
Felipe Ortiz  (Georgetown 16 max) Physical/Clown
Susan Messing (Georgetown 16 max) IMPROV
Mick Napier (Market Theatre 16 max) IMPROV!
Jill Farris (Georgetown 16 max) Art of Free falling
Mick Napier with Jennifer Estlin (Market Theatre 200 max) IMPROV & PRODUCTION

Susan Messing (Georgetown 16 max) IMPROV!
Elizabeth West (Georgetown 16 max) Puppet Improv
Felipe Ortiz (Georgetown 16 max) Clowning/Physical
Mick Napier (Georgetown16 max) IMPROV!
Dre Anderson (Market Theatre 16 max) Hip Hop Freestyling

Joe Guppy (Georgetown 16 max) Meditation/wellness improv
Dan O’Connor (Market Theatre 200 max) genre/Impro theater

Lodging Near Unexpected Productions

Green Tortoise Hostel $

Located 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from the airport, Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle offers a great location, putting you within just a short walk of Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market. Free perks include WiFi and continental breakfast daily between 6 AM and 10 AM.

Moore Hotel $$

The Moore Hotel, just a 5-minute walk from Pike Place Market and Seattle Waterfront. Also, Washington State Convention Center and Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 are within a 15-minute walk. Fellow travelers love the helpful staff and nearby shopping. Public transportation is just a short walk: Westlake Ave Hub Station is 5 minutes and Westlake Station is 5 minutes away

The State Hotel $$$

The State Hotel is Seattle’s modern downtown hotel with rooftop deck, city and water views. Ben Paris onsite restaurant and bar, walk to market, waterfront and more. Dog-friendly. Near Cruise Terminals.

Inn at the Market $$$$

Inn at the Market is the only downtown Seattle hotel located directly in the famous Pike Place Market. Recognized by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast, Inn at the Market is a tranquil hideaway, just steps away from the vibrant atmosphere of Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront. Inn at the Market offers modern Pacific Northwest style and comfort surrounded by downtown Seattle’s most acclaimed restaurants and iconic landmarks.

Hilton Motif Hotel $$$

We’re located downtown, off the I-5. The Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Art Museum are within a half mile. The Space Needle, Bainbridge Island Ferry, and the Seattle Great Wheel are each one mile away. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 20 minutes from us. We offer rooftop dining, a fitness center, and event space.

Thompson Hotel $$$

With a sleek glass façade offering dramatic views of Puget Sound, Thompson Seattle embodies the beauty of the Emerald City in the heart of downtown. A short walk gets you to Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, or opt for an off-the-beaten-path gem like the 1920s-inspired Temperance Cafe and Bar on the 35th floor observation deck of Smith Tower. Our 150 rooms, suites and residences ensure you live like a local in modern style, while our restaurant and rooftop cocktail lounge bring the best of the city and waterfront within sight.

Oxford Hotel Seattle $$

Enjoy a unique and exciting Seattle experience at The Oxford. Our historic building is close to the city’s best attractions, including Pike Place Market, Space Needle, and Chihuly Garden and Glass. The best part is having your own kitchen and access to the building’s shared laundry room, making traveling more convenient! Our tech-enabled apartments offer self check-in at 4pm, 24/7 guest support by text, phone, or chat, and a Virtual Front Desk accessed via mobile device.