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The Third Annual Portland Improvised Theater Festival
What a Festival it was!

For the third year in a row The Brody Theater brought together artists from around the nation for a festival celebrating the art of improvisation from October 15-24, 1999 at The Brody Theater. This ten day event featured workshops, performances, and The Brody's signature Scrapheap ensemble. For two jam packed weekends, Portland hosted some of the best regional and national troupes, including:

The Bard
Bigwheel from New York City
The Brody Theater
Hiatus from New York City
Improsia from Seattle
Knockin' Biscuits
Portland ComedySportz
Toad City
True Fiction Magazine from San Francisco
Unexpected Productions from Seattle

Offering workshops addressing a wide variety of topics and skill levels, The Portland Improvised Theater Festival kept every improviser, actor or artist challenged and interested regardless of experience. Workshops were presented by:

Featured Directors:
Bob Dassie of Chicago's Improv Olympic
Barbara Scott of True Fiction Magazine
Tom Johnson of The Brody Theater
Additional Workshop Presenters:
John Breen of New York's Big Wheel
Brad Fortier of The Brody Theater
Adrienne Flagg of Toad City
Phil Incorvia of The Brody Theater
Brandan McClain of The Brody Theater
Rob Reese of New York's Amnesia Wars

The intervening week of the festival was dedicated to Scrapheap, a unique ensemble assembled from festival participants. Scrapheap began working together in an unrehearsed performance on Sunday, October 17, and then plunged into a week of full-day rehearsals with guest directors Bob Dassie of Chicagos Improv Olympic, Barbara Scott of Bay Area TheatreSports, and The Brody's Artistic Director, Tom Johnson. The experiment culminated in a headlining performance on Saturday, October 23, 1999.

The Third Annual Portland Improvised Theater Festival offered something for everyone interested in improvisation.

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1904 NW 27th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210

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