Ocean State Improv Festival 

June 10 - 14, 2019

Festival Details

The five-day Ocean State Improv Festival brings together artists and troupes to create an interconnected community that teaches, learns, inspires, and performs together on Rhode Island’s beautiful southern coast!

  • Nightly performances showcase the fantastic talents of performers from all over the world.

  •  A broad slate of workshops and multi-day intensives by top-flight teachers immerse you in new experiences, passions, and a worldwide network of inspiring collaborators.

  • “Mixer shows” (Theatresports, Micetro, Gorilla, and the Duo Bracket Challenge) and workshop showcases let individual artists and members of troupes perform alongside new friends.

  • Connect with members of the world-wide improv community!


Festival Passes and Tickets

Want to see shows at the festival? We've got your options covered! Click Audience Passes or Performer Passes to get your pass!

  • All-Access Festival Pass: You get tickets to every performance and an Ocean State Improv Festival t-shirt! If you sign up for 9+ hours of workshops, you get an All-Access Festival Pass for free!

  • Day Pass: You can get a Day Pass to see all of the shows on a specific day of the festival. Performers get a free Day Pass for the day of their performance.

    • Wednesday (2 shows) - $15​

    • Thursday (3 shows) - $20

    • Friday (4 shows, including Headliner Show) - $30

    • Saturday (3 shows, including Headliner Show) - $25 

  • Individual Show Tickets: You can of course get tickets to each show individually if you want!

  • Performers get special deals on all passes!


               Show Schedule


7 pm

9:30 pm


5 pm

7 pm

9:30 pm: All-Star Micetro (Maestro) – 16 Players from across the festival, one winner! 


5 pm

7 pm

9:30 pm: Gorilla – Five directors from five theaters, one winner!

11 pm


5 pm

7 pm

9:30 pm: Theatresports Match – featuring teams made up of performers from across the festival!


1:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Duo Bracket Challenge on the Performance Patio

Duo Bracket Challenge: Over the fest, folks pair up and submit new duos; 16 are selected for the bracket challenge. Duos are pair head-to-head, and each gets a set amount of time on stage. The audience votes for who moves on. The stage time increases as the challenge continues!

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Sign up for 9+ hours of workshops and get a free Festival Pass to see all the shows!



The Ocean State Improv Festival is focused on providing opportunities to create a community of improvisers that teaches, learns, inspires, and performs together!

If you take 9+ hours of workshops, you get a free All-Access Festival Pass!


Are you a Rhode Islander interested in hosting some amazing improvisers? Every year we need kind local folks to help us house our visiting friends! Reach out to Maggie Cady at cady@thecontemporarytheater.com for info!



We are located in Wakefield, Rhode Island in beautiful South County. Driving: We are 20 minutes off of I-95. Detailed directions. Train: Kingston Station on the Northeast Corridor of Amtrak is 15 minutes from the theater. Wickford Station on the commuter rail from Boston is 15 minutes from the theater. We will have transportation from the stations available if you let us know your arrival time. Air: Providence T.F. Green Airport is half an hour from the theater, and Boston Logan Airport is an hour and a half from the theater. We will have transportation from the airports available if you let us know your arrival time.


Contemporary Theater Company


(401) 218-0282

327 Main Street 

Wakefield, RI 02879

Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

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