CIF Has New Artistic Director & CIF Dates Officially Announced! (12/4/15)

After three years of excellence as CIF’s artistic director, Kevin Mullaney has resigned so he can more fully focus on his work and duties as the co-owner of the Under The Gun Theater. CIF expanded its artistic focus and growth under his stewardship and we are incredibly grateful for his talents, time and work.

We are thrilled to officially announce that CIF’s new artistic director is John Hildreth. With his experience as an actor, director, improviser, and teacher at Second City, iO, Time Line Theatre, Columbia College Chicago, Cardiff Giant and Avante Garfield among others, I know he’s going to do a great job and I’m excited to have him aboard. He’s already come up with his vision for next year’s festival. Here’s his quote: “Artistically, I lean towards keeping CIF the biggest, baddest improv festival bar none. I believe CIF 2016 can serve the improv community by celebrating the diversity and extensiveness of the scene by putting up a big tent under which everyone can play.”

The other change is that after three years of being CIF’s executive producer, CIF’s co-founder (& CIP executive director) Jonathan Pitts is going to produce CIF 2016.

Additionally, we are pleased to officially announce that the dates for next year’s CIF are May 16-22, 2016. Here’s the time frame for CIF’s submission and selection process:

December 15, 2015: Open submissions
January 31, 2016: Close submissions
March 15, 2016: Announce schedule
May 16-22, 2016: The 19th annual CIF / (aka #CIF19)

Complete submission information will be published on this site very soon.

All Things Improvised!

Chicago Improv Productions at 2015 Arts Midwest Conference!

CIP is headed to this years’ Arts Midwest Conference to showcase The Collage, The Make ‘Em Ups and to produce The Chicago Room! September 10-12 in Kansas City!

Info on the Chicago Room
The Chicago Room is the brainchild of CIP’s Executive Director, Jonathan Pitts. His vision is an independent showcase where we will present Chicago’s finest performers of all disciplines. In the Chicago Room you will find dance, musical theater, Kung Fu, comedy, Shakespeare and of course, improv! Each act will play both Thursday and Friday evenings in the same time slots.

If you will be attending the conference, the Chicago Room will be located in the Marriott Downtown’s Bennie Moten Room. During the day, please visit our booth 425B to learn more about the talent listed below. Please join us for two wonderfully engaging evenings of performance, Chi-Town Style. If you have any questions or would like more information on Chicago Improv Productions, please contact our general manager, Lauren Pizzi at

For Acts performing in the Chicago Room, click here!

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As we’re wrapping up our 2015 season, here’s a recap of some of the events that took place during our last production season! Click on the links for more info!
August 16, 2015: Charleston/Montecello Touring Trips
August 12, 2015: 2015 Virginia Highlands Festival
July 15, 2015: Chicago Park District Summer Camp Shows
June 15, 2015: Richard Driehaus and MacArthur Foundation Grants
May 2015: Chicago Improv Festival 2015
May 2015: Storybox Unscripted Theater in San Francisco/New York
April 2015: College Improv Tournament 2015


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