Baltimore Improv Festival
The Baltimore Improv Festival (BIF) is an event produced by the Baltimore Improv Group, a non-profit 501(c)(3) group dedicated to advancing the art and appreciation of improvisational theater in the greater Baltimore community through a dynamic program of performance, instruction, and outreach.
Overview and History
The Baltimore Improv Festival is an annual improv festival that takes place in the summer. It is produced by the Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) and originally featured only three nights of shows, with groups typically coming from Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The first festival took place in July 2007 at the Theatre Project in Mid-Town Baltimore and was headlined by the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company.
In 2018, the festival expanded to include 7 nights of improv shows and 4 days of improv workshops in Baltimore's Station North Arts & Entertainment District – a diverse collection of artist live-work spaces, galleries, and businesses a few blocks north of Amtrak's Penn Station
As of 2019, the annual Baltimore Improv Festival brings over 400 performers in 100+ comedy teams to the mid-atlantic region. In 2019, visitors are from 25+ cities, 15 states, 2 countries, and performed in 45 shows over 7 days. One of the largest improv festivals on the east coast.
Proceeds from comedy shows ticket sales fund the Baltimore Improv Group's non-profit artistic mission, compensate guest instructors, and will also help cover the cost of future Baltimore Improv Festival runs.
- 2007 - Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
- 2017 - The Cast
- 2018 - Fuck That Shit (A Comedy Team)
- 2019 - The Cast, The Stepfathers, Fuck That Shit (A Comedy Team), Asian AF
- 2016 - The Theater Project
- 2017 - Single Carrot Theater
- 2018 - Mainstage at The BIG Theater. Second stage at Joe Squared.
- 2018 - Mainstage at The BIG Theater. Second stage at Rituals.
- 2019 - Mainstage at The BIG Theater. Second stage to be announced.