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Learn Dynamic Improvisation Techniques from Globally Acclaimed Instructors

By May 10, 2024May 15th, 2024Shows
Registration for the highly anticipated return of Unexpected Productions’ renowned improv festival, Festival Unexpected – Seattle, is open, and spots are filling up quickly. You asked us to let you know about registration. The festival features workshops with Jun Imai from Japan and Stephen Kearin from Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday, June 28th and 29th. Optional festival performances, parties, and social events from June 24th to June 30th.

Festival Workshop Schedule

  • 6/28 Fri
  • 10 am – 12:30 pm Market Theater Workshop
  • 1:30 pm – 4 pm Market Theater Workshop
  • 6/29 Sat
  • 10 am – 12:30 pm Georgetown Workshop w/ Stephen Kearin
  • 10 am – 12:30 pm Georgetown Workshop w/ Jun Imai
  • 1:30 pm – 4 pm Georgetown Workshop w/ Stephen Kearin
  • 1:30 pm – 4 pm Georgetown Workshop w/ Jun Imai

Optional Performance Schedule

  • 6/24 Mo. 7:00 pm F.U. Orientation Party
  • 6/25 Tue 8:00 pm – 10:00pm Jules Maes Festival Duos/Trios/groups
  • 6/26 Wed 7:30-10pm – Festival Duos/Trios
  • 6/27 Thu 7:30 pm-10 pm – Festival Loose Canons shows
  • 6/28 Fri
  • 6 pm to 7 pm – Market Theater Pro Show
  • 7:30 pm-9 pm – Market Theater Pro Show
  • 9:30 pm-11 pm – F.U. Theatresports
  • 6/29 Sat
  • 6 pm to 7 pm – Market Theater Pro Show
  • 7:30 pm-9 pm – Market Theater Pro Show
  • 9:30 pm-11 pm – F.U. Theatresports
  • 6/29 Sun7:30 pm – The F.U. Left Overs

Your registration includes:

  • Attendance at group workshops on Friday with the festival teachers
  • Attendance at focused workshops with the festival teachers on Saturday
  • Tickets to attend all shows, including the guest teacher performances on Friday and Saturday
  • Performance opportunities in Sunday’s closing performance
  • Attendance at Monday’s welcoming party and social events throughout the week
  • Participation in select shows throughout the week (to be determined later)

Events will be held at Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater in the historic Pike Place Market and at The Improv School in Georgetown.

Previous improv experience is required.



Stephen Kearin

Stephen began his career in 1987 with Bay Area Theatresports in San Francisco, where he was a company member for 14 years. He was a founding member of Improv Theater and True Fiction Magazine. Stephen is currently a member of the critically-acclaimed improv ensemble Impro Theatre in Los Angeles and was a member San Francisco’s 3 FOR ALL for 27 years. Other stage productions include the stilt-walking Iago in San Francisco Opera’s Otello, Sally-Sue Weber in A Weber Family Christmas and he originated the role of Movie Mega-Superstar, Blaine Bustier in An Evening with Dirk & Blaine. Stephen is the co-creator of “Simlish” and was the principal male voice of The Sims, Sims 2 and Sims Medieval. He created the Martian languages for Disney’s Mars Needs Moms and Supergirl. He is featured in the DreamWorks Animation films Kung Fu Panda 1,2&3, Madagascar 2&3, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Megamind, The Penguins of Madagascar and Home. His voice is featured in the newly released Netflix Animation feature The Magician’s Elephant, as well as the upcoming Peacock spinoff series Megamind. Stephen portrays the role of Sergeant Geller on Amazon Prime’s hit show, WAYNE and appears in season 3 of The Mandalorian. He has performed his solo show TOUGHEN UP to sold-out houses in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Stephen has served as a visiting instructor and advisor with Disney, DreamWorks, Laika, Paramount & Netflix Animation, as well as Stanford University, USC, The US Olympic Ski Team and has trained the artists of Cirque Du Soleil.



Jun Imai
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Jun Imai lived in California for 8 years and was the Asian Region Representative for the International Theatresports Institute’s Board of Directors for 7 years. He is an official ITI instructor of Keith Johnstone’s show formats. Now he is the He has studied acting with various teachers, specifically Method Acting with Frank Casaro, Artistic Director of the Actor’s Studio, and improvisation with Keith Johnstone, creator of Theatresports.
He has been the simultaneous interpreter for method acting and improv workshops led by Keith Johnstone, Roberta Wallach, Lyn Pierce, Dennis Cahill, Shawn Kinley, Steve Jarand, Inbal Lori, and Mark Lamb. He has taught “ZEN and IMPROーNot in Your Head, But in the Moment” workshops in the U.S.A, Canada, Germany, Italy, China and Hong Kong, Dubai, Netherlands, and Costa Rica.
A prolific writer, he published “It’s Hard to be Free—an Impro Manual” in 2006 based on his experience bringing improv to the Japanese. It’s been a long-term best-seller in the theater community since then. He followed up in 2009 and 2010 with the three-volume “Japanese Who’ve Begun to Improvise: Keith Johnstone’s Impro” and “Keith Johnstone in Japan” in 2013. Imai’s books have earned him praise as a thoughtful and incisive teacher and director.
In addition to directing at TCS, he teaches impro, scripted acting, and mask workshops through his own company, in the moment, ltd., and for Tokyo talent agencies. He has worked with both new and well-know film and television actors, as well as popular YouTubers in Japan. He feels strongly that Japanese actors and Japanese society as a whole can benefit from what impro has to offer and is currently working on a book, Zen and Improvisation, to bridge the gap between this most Western of arts and traditional Eastern philosophy.