Slapdash International Improv Festival brings some of the finest improvisers from all over the world to play and teach in Central London. Previous headliners have included DUMMY, Convoy, and Anthony Atamanuik. Over seven days of workshops and three nights of shows, we host hundreds of improvisers in the longest running festival of Improvised Theatre in London. This year we are excited to host Armando Diaz as our headliner on Saturday night!

A big thank you to all of this year’s applicants! Applications have now closed for Slapdash 2017. We plan to have decisions by the beginning of August. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

If your team is selected there is a £20 per performer administration fee.


 We are very excited to announce Armando Diaz will be headlining Saturday night’s show and teaching workshops! Stayed tuned for details more details.

Armando is widely regarded as one of the best improv teachers in New York City and beyond. His list of teaching credits is a long one: the ImprovOlympic Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYU and Michael Howard Studios. He has trained dozens of actors who have performed or written for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, and The Daily Show.

A Chicago native, Armando studied improv under Del Close at the ImprovOlympic, Mick Napier at the Annoyance, and graduated from the Second City Conservatory. He performed in and helped create one of the most popular improvised longforms in Chicago, “The Armando Diaz Experience….” For the last decade, “the Armando” has been performed weekly in Chicago, and is now taught and performed in many other cities including Los Angeles and New York.


First the first time this year we have the Slapdash International Team, a team of invited improvisers brought together for the first time to train over five days with  well-known ensemble narrative and storytelling teacher and director, Jon Bolden of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas. The Slapdash International Team will headline our Friday night show. Here are more details including how to audition. Applications and auditions (Don’t worry. Auditions will be easy and fun!) for the Slapdash International Team open 17 May and close 17 July.

We are also excited to be the first international event to host On The Spot Improv from Hawaii. On The Spot Improv been called one of the most innovative improv groups in the world for their unique approach to improvised theatre, and will be presenting Hush, an improvised silent movie.


Thank you to The Improv Network for partnering with us to make applications so easy this year! 

Sponsors
Slapdash is part of a not for profit organisation. If you own or know of an organisation who would like to sponsor us get in touch: mail<at>slapdashfestival.com. Thank you!

 

 

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Shows & Headliners

We are gearing up for a great 2017 Slapdash and want you to join us! If your team would like to perform please apply through The Improv Network. If you are an individual performer we want to hear from you, too.

We are very excited to announce Armando Diaz will be headlining Saturday night’s show and teaching workshops! Stayed tuned for more details!

Armando is widely regarded as one of the best improv teachers in New York City and beyond. His list of teaching credits is a long one: the ImprovOlympic Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYU and Michael Howard Studios. He has trained dozens of actors who have performed or written for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, and The Daily Show.

A Chicago native, Armando studied improv under Del Close at the ImprovOlympic, Mick Napier at the Annoyance, and graduated from the Second City Conservatory. He performed in and helped create one of the most popular improvised longforms in Chicago, “The Armando Diaz Experience….” For the last decade, “the Armando” has been performed weekly in Chicago, and is now taught and performed in many other cities including Los Angeles and New York.

 

For the first time ever internationally, we are excited to present Thursday night headliner, On The Spot Improv from Hawaii presenting, Hush, an improvised silent movie. On The Spot Improv has been called one of the most innovative improv groups in the world for their unique approach to improvised theatre. Their signature style incorporates narrative storytelling, minimal dialog, and strong blocking to create cinematic images to tell complex stories. They have played throughout the US including Austin Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Phoenix Improv Festival, the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater and Chicago Improv Festival. We are excited to host them for Slapdash this year! 

“…slayed the audience with its silent-movie style improvisations…plying the physical comedy so well you’d think slapstick was a synonym for “sublime.” –  WAYNE ALAN BRENNER, Austin Chronical

Slapdash International Team

We are thrilled to announce our Slapdash International Cast for Friday’s night show. The global cast of improvisers from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Italy and Peru will meet for the first time only five days before headlining Friday night’s show.

Directed by Jon Bolden of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas, the show will be an improvised one-act play focused on ensemble, narrative storytelling.

Jon Bolden is an award-winning director, instructor, and improvisational actor at The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas. He has taught throughout the US and internationally in Japan, Washington DC, Alaska, and at The Vancouver Theatresports Tournament. Jon specialises in ensemble narrative storytelling and is known for his award-winning Nothing & Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays and the Manhattan Stories: Improvised “Woody Allen Films.” He has also been the producer of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin.

More about the show from Jon :
For the past six years, I have experimented with improvising short plays or films without a strong focus  on a singular main storyline. I’ve always been drawn to more ensemble-oriented worlds such as the plays of Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, or the films of Woody Allen and Richard Linklater. These works typically focus on a simple world of characters are presented to you, as is, and witnessing a story as nothing more than these people living life. The results of this passion has been directing various productions in Austin, Texas centered around this concept. From these shows, I’ve tailored a library of exercises, techniques, and overarching principles that I believe create compelling improvisation and nuanced storytelling. 

My excitement for this experience is unique, as I often want to teach or take workshops that are more than a few hours long and are intended for experienced players. I’m excited to work closely with a group of dedicated artists, comedians, actors to create a focused and energised evening of entertainment.”

 

 

 

Workshops

Headliners Armando Diaz, On The Spot Improv and Jon Bolden will be teaching workshops. Instructor applications have now closed. We will be reviewing applications and hope to make decisions soon.

Previous teachers have been Alex Berg of UCB LA, Le Carpe Haute from Paris, Pgraph of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, and Anthony Atamanuik of UCB. Previous workshops have been everything from object work to using lights in your show and everything in between.

Teacher perks include: discounted accommodations in London, tickets to each show, and T-shirt and swag. 

 

About

 

Slapdash International Improv Festival is presented by  The Nursery,  a company focused on improvised theatre and training, in central London.

Look for our team at the festival and be sure to say hello!

 

Molly Merwin, Lead Producer

Molly is an actress, voice-over artist, writer, and cat herder. Originally from Atlanta, she moved to London from Denver. In Denver, Molly performed regularly with improv troupes Carnival Code and Transplants as well as served on the board of the Denver Improv Festival. She has extensive event management experience in the UK and US. Molly has studied improv with iO and Second City as well as various theatres and teachers throughout the US and UK. She teaches improv through The Nursery and St. Mungo’s Recovery College. You can see Molly regularly in Careless Vespa, PiggyBack, and With Special Guest.

Judith Amsenga, Producer

Judith is an actor who graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA, BA Hons) in 2008, after which she appeared in various off-west end, international and fringe productions. She also works as a voice-over artist and has a production company, Back’s Broke. In 2009, she founded The Nursery with Robin Steegman and Jules Munns, and is now responsible for its day-to-day running. Judith has extensive experience in the organisation and running of public and academic events, both in the UK and the Netherlands, where she worked for TV (NPO), museums (Amsterdam, Delft), magazines and the University of Utrecht. (Photo credit: Bernadette Baksa)

Jules Munns, Producer

Jules is one of the UK’s most active and prolific improvisation performers and teachers. Since graduating from the Guildhall School in 2008, he has performed with groups including Sitting in a Tin Can, the Maydays, Music Box and Impromptu Shakespeare, as well as playing in shows including the Playground, Men with Coconuts, London 50-hour Improvathon, and Ten Thousand Million Love Stories. Jules has performed around the world including in Finland, Germany, Pakistan, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the US. Jules is co-artistic director of the Nursery and the founder of Slapdash International Improv Festival.

Stephen Davidson, Volunteer Coordinator

Stephen is the artistic director of Improvable, and co-director of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. He currently also directs QI: Queer Improv, and plays with The Verbs, house team of the Nursery theatre, in interdisciplinary ensemble Zootropic, and in twoprovs The Eh Team and The Happiest People in the World. Stephen teaches improv through Improvable, the Nursery, and Hoopla and is also a diversity officer for Hoopla Impro. He has studied improv through i/o Chicago, The Nursery, UCB, Hoopla, The Maydays, Music Box, Showstoppers, and City Academy, Imprology. He is also a musician and conductor.

 

Audra Goffeney, Hospitality Coordinator

Audra started improvising in 2009 and hasn’t stopped since. She has trained with Vancouver TheatreSports League, Keith Johnstone and Gary Austen. Before making the leap across the pond to London, Audra was a cast member at Unexpected Productions in Seattle and co-creator of the cult favorite improv team Girls With Power Tools. Since moving to London,  Audra had performed with Classic Andy and the confusingly named With Special Guest. In addition to helping out with Slapdash, Audra directs and performs in the brand new-to-London improv and stand-up show, PiggyBack.

 

Julia Mitelman, Sponsorship Coordinator

Julia is an avid improv performer and enthusiast. A transplant from Brooklyn, she performs regularly with Story Kitchen Impro (London’s official Theatresports and Maestro team), and with experimental story-based team Troupeless. With a background in theatre, Julia also enjoys running tech and front of house for performance venues throughout London. By day, she is a strategy consultant with a background in psychology and computer science.

 

Juwel Haque, Hospitality Coordinator

Juwel is currently performing in Theatresports and Maestro with Story Kitchen, weird long-form with Somewhat Theatre, scenes inspired by sound and images with Night Version, and his solo games act Player One. A proud East Ender with a maths degree, Juwel didn’t think the arts were for him until he discovered the magic of improvisation and London’s improv community in 2013. He wants as many people as possible to find their courage and genius by doing the same. In civilian life, Juwel reads smart stuff, writes dumb stuff, plays with cameras, sings to himself, and longs to play football again.