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2200Chicago Improv Festival submission deadline January 15

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  • romanski_mail
    Jan 6, 2006
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      For more info, go to www.cif.com

      CIF Seeks Submissions for its 2006 Festival
      The Chicago Improv Festival, a juried and professional festival that
      celebrates improvisational expressions in all of its comedic and
      multi-disciplinary forms, on November 15, 2005 at 9 a.m. (CST) will
      begin accepting submissions for performance in the 9th Annual Chicago Improv Festival (April 24-30, 2006). CIF will continue to accept submissions until January 15, 2006 at 7 p.m. (CST). CIF will notify all submitted acts and/or ensembles of their invitational status by February 1, 2006 at 7 p.m. (CST).

      Acts and/or ensembles may submit more than one show to CIF.

      2006 Festival Theme
      After receiving its Not-For-Profit 501(c)3 certification from the
      IRS, the Chicago Improv Festival has undergone several organizational
      changes in its administration. CIF's new Festival Artistic Director,
      Mark Sutton, has selected a theme for the 2006 festival.

      This year's festival will highlight IMPROV AS THEATER. We will give special attention to improv's role in the theater process as well as
      work highlighting the art form's use as a writing tool, teaching
      medium, and performance avenue. Consideration will be given, not only to the content of a performance, but also it's style, theatrical
      presentation, overall look and tone, and attempt to advance and
      refine improvisation for performance to audiences.

      Artistic Categories

      Main Stage: shows that can comfortably perform well in a 950 seat theatre Showcase: ensemble improvised shows (long-form, mid-form, or short-form) Sketch: ensemble sketch shows
      Duo: two-person improvised or sketch showsSolo: one-person improvised or sketch shows Fringe: unusual improvised or partially pre-written shows

      Jury Members
      All submissions will be reviewed by members of a paid jury made up of professional actors, artistic directors, directors, improvisers and
      teachers from Chicago's improv and theatre communities. CIF jury
      members include: Dexter Bullard, Adrian Danzig, Jeff Griggs, Don
      Hall, Nick Johne, Halena Kays, Susan Messing, and Mark Sutton.
      Additional jury members TBA as they are added on.

      Where to Submit
      All submissions may be emailed to CIF at
      jpitts@... or mailed to:

      Chicago Improv Festival
      2936 N. Southport Ave., Second Floor
      Chicago, IL 60657

      Submission Check List
      Please include ALL of the following for your submission (1 each per
      A 30- to 60-minute VHS, DVD, or CD-ROM of your act or ensemble's show A full media package of your act or ensemble including press and reviews A black/white photo of your act or ensemble and a color photo of your act or ensemble A three-paragraph description of your act or ensemble A three-paragraph description of your act or ensemble's showContact information for your act or ensemble (email, phone, fax, and website) A complete list of all the names of your act's or ensemble's cast and crew Full contact information of your primary contact person Full contact information of your secondary contact person A list of all technical needs for your act or ensemble For every submitted show, $35 dollars non-refundable submission fee paid by check, money order, or online via CIF's PayPal account.
      Submission Notes
      All acts and ensembles that performed in CIF's 2005 festival may use
      their CIF 2005 performance as their submitted tape/DVD.*

      All submissions sent to CIF are non-returnable by CIF.

      CIF will send all submitting acts or ensembles a confirmation email
      that their submission has been received by CIF, within 24 hours of
      CIF receiving their submission.

      Extra consideration will be given to acts or ensembles from other

      If sending your submission on a DVD, please double check the quality
      of your DVD by playing it on another computer or DVD player then the computer or DVD player it was burned on, before sending it to CIF. If CIF's jury members are not able to play your DVD on their computer or machine it are not CIF's jury members' responsibilities.

      If paying by check or money order, please make the check or money
      order out to: CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL. If your check bounces, you will have to also pay CIF's bank fee penalty.

      By submitting, all out-of-town invited acts agree to sign a non-
      compete agreement with CIF for a period of two (2) months prior to
      and one (1) month post their CIF appearance.

      By submitting, all invited acts agree to list their CIF appearance in
      all of their promotional materials for a period of one year.

      If a submitting act or sketch ensemble performs at another Chicago
      festival six months prior to their CIF appearance, they agree to
      submit and perform different written material at CIF than they will
      perform at any other Chicago festival.

      * This provision is provided only as long as there has not been a
      significant cast change in the act or ensemble since their CIF 2005
      performance; if there has been significant cast change/s the act or
      ensemble must still send CIF a recent performance tape/DVD of the act or ensemble's show.

      Festival Performance Notes
      All invited acts or ensembles will get one performance slot within
      the festival.

      The performance slots are 30- to 45-minutes long, as to be determined
      by CIF.

      All invited acts or ensembles will get a 45-minute tech rehearsal on
      the day of their performance, with CIF providing a stage
      manager/light board operator.

      Main Stage performances will be held on April 27, 28, 29, and 30,

      Showcase, Sketch, Duo, Solo, and Fringe, performances will be held on April 28 and 29, 2006.

      All Main Stage and Alternate Stage performances will take place at
      the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL, 60657.

      By submitting, all invited acts agree to have their shows webcast by

      What CIF Provides
      CIF will provide all invited acts or ensembles the following in
      exchange for their non-paid performances at CIF 2006:
      A professional theatrical venue to perform in.
      Professional administrative, box office, and technical staff.
      Professional advertising, marketing, and publicity for the
      performances. Professional documentation (photos and/or videos) of performances held at CIF. Professional promotional outreach to industry and agents in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. Comps to industry professionals and agents that attend CIF.
      Possible inclusion in any private professional auditions held through CIF. CIF Performer's Pass (one per performer). The pass is good for free admission to CIF parties and special events; discounted tickets to CIF shows; and several discounts with a variety of local area businesses (including hotels and hostels). CIF Performer's Packet (one per out of town act or ensemble). The packet will contain brochures and flyers from Chicago's improv theatres and training centers; Chicago public transportation maps; CIF staff contact information; contact information to festival acts and ensembles; discount information from local businesses; a guide to the festival's surrounding area; official updates; a schedule of events and performances; and CIF 2006's official press releases and promotional materials. CIF
      Contact Information
      Chicago Improv Festival
      2936 N. Southport Ave., Second Floor
      Chicago, IL 60657
      773-935-9810 | 773-296-0968 (fax) Executive Director: Jonathan Pitts jpitts@...
      Managing Director: Rachel Romanski: cifrachel@...
      Festival Artistic Director: Mark Sutton

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