IGNITE! 2017 Call for Artists: Improv Series

Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists – JUNE 6-10, 2017

Emerging improv troupes interested in developing their own format are encouraged to apply for the IGNITE! Improvised Theatre Series with mentorship provided by The Kinkonauts.

Improv troupes will receive:

  • 2 public performances
  • Rehearsal space
  • Mentorship focused on format development with The Kinkonauts
  • An IGNITE! Festival Artist Pass
  • A small honorarium

Format Development

Improv troupes will work with the Kinkonauts to explore their creative objectives and develop an improvised format. With guidance from the Kinkonauts, this format will be developed by the improvisers over multiple workshops to a performance level. Troupes and Mentors will meet weekly to rehearse and work.

Expressions of Interest

Interested improv troupes should submit a CV and a proposal (each maximum 2 pages) to IGNITE!

In the proposal tell us:

  • Who are you and why do you improvise?
  • Why are you interested in developing your format and performing at IGNITE!?
  • What do you want to do with improv? Feel free to speculate, dream, elaborate!
  • What do you like best about improv?

Deadline: February 12

Applications should be emailed to [email protected].

Subject line: Improv Series Application

PLEASE NOTE – While February 12 is our application deadline, we view the submission process as a conversation. The earlier you submit, the better conversation we can have!

General questions about IGNITE! 2017 can be directed to [email protected]

Who can apply?
The series is geared towards emerging improv troupes, working in any style, whose members are under the age of 30 and who are pursuing a professional career in improv.

About the Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring and presenting emerging artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers.

About The Kinkonauts

The Kinkonauts are Calgary’s Improv Lab: a longform improvisational theatre troupe. They are comprised of more than 40 improvisors and numerous troupes dedicated to creating emotional, hilarious and profound improvised theatre.

Other opportunities

The IGNITE! Festival has a number of other series. Please visit sagetheatre.com for full details. Artists are welcome to apply for more than one festival series.

IGNITE! Graphic by Simone Saunders