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Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
461 Parkway (Traffic Light #3)
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-325-9712



show admission $10, gif all show weekend pass is just $25,
shows friday, march 6, 8pm & 10pm, and saturday, march 7, 6pm, 8pm, & 10pm


Friday, February 21, 2020

GIF 2020 Workshop Schedule
Saturday March 7, 2020


9 am - 10 am - Free Intro to Improv, Steve Shultz, Blue Plate Special

Free Intro to Improv Workshop! -FREE!
All levels welcome. No class size limit! All the basics, what is improv?, yes and-ing, making offers, accepting offers, and some basic short form games. And it’s free!


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10 am - 11:30 am  - Armando, E. Roy Lee, M-Prov

ARMANDO
$15
all levels, limit: 20 people
You may have met Harold; but have you met Armando? Come out and get
comfortable with this Chicago-born style of long-form. founded by Armando Diaz, that the iO Theatre is famous for. We'll find your confidence as a monologist and practice cherry-picking the best ideas from the stories you hear. Everyone has a story
to tell, and we'll prove it!

E. Roy Lee has been performing improv for over 7 years and is a founding member and current director of M-Prov (Murfreesboro Improv). Roy has taught improv for much longer than that to students of all ages, and is a recent graduate of the iO Theater (Chicago) improv program.

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12 pm - 1:30 pm - Body Improv, Dan Buck, Shenanigans, Lee University

Body Improv
$15
all levels, no limit
Do you find yourself stuck in your head? And then stuck trying to stop being stuck in your head?  STOP THE MADNESS! We are all chronic overthinkers; the trick is to bring the body along for the ride.  This workshop will teach you warm ups and exercises that will get your body involved in the process of world-creating, character development, and general presence. This will be a fun and probably life-changing opportunity to use the physical to provoke and contain emotion and imagery.  All content is based on the methods of Steve Wangh, Professor Emeritus NYU Experimental Theatre Wing.  Clothing conducive to movement is encouraged.


Dan Buck is a theatre artist/educator in his tenth year as a theatre professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN.  He appeared most recently in I <3 U; a half-scripted, half improvised audience-interactive musical about online dating that he co-wrote and directed. He has also appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Ocoee Theatre) and Circle Mirror Transformation (Theater for the New South).  Most of his theatre experience is in the role of director, including recent productions of This Random World, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Cyrano and Oliver! (Lee University Theatre). Dan is also an experienced improviser who has performed in nearly 200 shows over 25 years.  He also the creator of a successful Chattanooga-based mystery podcast entitled Project SSA Dan’s family includes his wife Rachel Anne, a belly-dancing office manager and two teenage sons that are significantly cooler than he is. 


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1:45 pm - 3:15 pm - What Went Right? (And how do I do it again),
Paul Simmons, Einstein Simplified

What Went Right? (And how do I do it again)
$15
all levels, no limit
Create stronger scenes by using the tools of character building, stage craft, and story telling.  This workshop will incorporate these 3 areas to make your scenes stronger, and thus bring your audience in deeper.

Paul Simmons is a founding member of Einstein Simplified, Knoxville’s premiere comedy improv troupe. He has performed a weekly show for 25 years, as well as teaching improv for 19. He has been in multiple independent films, local and national commercials, and festivals. He won best supporting actor for his role in the Fifty-Four film fest short “Armageddon or Whatever”. From beginning improv, through corporate training Paul has taught at all levels.  He has also taken over 75 hours of courses from other improv instructors over the years. From the start, it has been about fun and comedy through improv for him, and teaching others how to find the fun and comedy while enhancing their skill set.

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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Sydney Clinton, Molly Todd Madison, Anarchy: improvised musical

Loud & Proud (Welcome to Music Improv)
$15
beginning/all-levels, limit: 20 people
Ready to say it with a song? ANARCHY welcomes improvisers of all levels to come play in this beginning
music improv workshop! With group games, exercises, and focused scene-work, ANARCHY will provide
players with tools and tricks to get the ensemble singing strong. Workshops include: Song building and structure
work, moving your scene to song, finding the musical mindset, and more.

Sydney Clinton & Molly Todd Madison of ANARCHY: The Improvised Rock Opera. ANARCHY is a completely sung, completely improvised rock opera featuring Chicago’s finest musical improvisers and live accompaniment. Specializing in long-form narratives showing grounded characters with something to fight for, ANARCHY gets you rocking and ready to fight the power. Established in 2013, ANARCHY calls Chicago home and performs regularly at iO Chicago, The Annoyance, and the Second City Training Center. Learn more: @anarchymusicimprov 

Sydney Clinton - Sydney Clinton is an active producer and coach in Chicago who can be found performing at The Annoyance Theater, the Second City Training Center, and iO Chicago. Notably, she is a producer and ensemble member of After Party and ANARCHY: The Improvised Rock Opera. In addition to teaching MI at festivals everywhere from Seattle to Nashville to Iceland, Sydney produces and coaches with MINT (Music Improv Night) at The Annoyance in Chicago and MINTCO on the road. MINT is a standing musical improv show that rotates casts and coaches throughout the year as an MI learning and performance experience.  

Molly Todd Madison -  Molly holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Western Kentucky University. Molly is a graduate the Second City Directing Program as well as both the Second City Conservatory and Music Conservatory. Molly is also a House Co Severn Darden Graduate Program Alumni and an Infinite Sundaes Alumni. Molly’s recent directing credits can be seen at various theaters such as Stage 773; SAME and at The Revival Theater, The Revolution Will Not Be Improvised. Molly is a founding member of many Chicago based sketch and improv groups including ANARCHY: The Improvised Rock Opera. She has coached and directed several groups around the city including the award winning Tapped: a New Musical.  

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

gif 2020 show schedule is here!

                                             Gatlinburg Improv Fest
                                                            March 6-7, 2020
Friday 8pm
M-Prov
Word Players
Nashville Improv
Full Disclosure


Friday 10pm
Blue Plate Special
ISP
Einstein Simplified
Improv Jam

Saturday 6pm
Pineapple Rollercoaster
Extra Crispy Improv
Tusculum Players
Shenanigans

Saturday 8pm
The Maybe Pile
Four First Names
Anarchy: an improvised rock opera
Tomorrowquest Theatre

Saturday 10pm
My 4 Dads
Cumberland Striptease
Lowkeybush
Improv Jam

****advanced ticket sales will be available online soon!****

Sunday, February 24, 2019

GIF 2019 Workshop Schedule!

gif 2019 workshop schedule

All workshops will be at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre on March 2, 2019

9:00am-10:00am  

James Newport, GIF Director

Free Improv Class - $0

It’s a free improv class. All levels welcome. :)

Free improv class! All the basics, what is this crazy thing called improv?, yes and-ing, making offers, accepting offers, and some basic short form games. And it’s free!

James started performing with ComedySportz in Washington, D.C., in 1988 and has over 30 years of improv performing, directing, and teaching experience. Before moving to the Knoxville area he was the artistic and managing director, as well as a main ensemble performer, at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, FL. 


10:00am-11:30am  

Missy Whitis 

“So You Think You Can Story-tell”  - $15
using the Story Spine to create the whole picture 


So You Think You Can Storytell!?!

Once upon a time there was an improv troupe. And everyday, they told stories. But one day, they wondered if they might be trying too hard. Because of that, they attended this workshop to learn ways to enhance and fine tune their skills. Suddenly.....   To be continued! 
To find out what this troupe learned, bring your entire gang to this storytelling skills workshop. You’ll leave not only better storytellers, but detail-driven monologists, and creative character-makers.

Missy Whitis has been teaching improv for 20 years.  She began her journey at the SAK Comedy Lab in Florida, (where she trained under GIF director James Newport), then went on to study with Hamilton Camp, and Second City co-founder, Paul Sills.  When not coaching troupes, or teaching Screenwriting at the University of Cincinnati, Missy is a highly sought after corporate facilitator.  Her clients include Hershey, GE Aviation, and Procter and Gamble, just to name a few.

12:00pm-1:30pm

Eileen Earnest 
Alison Rampa 

Improv for Meditation and Mindfulness - $15

In this workshop, use improv techniques to center and focus your mind, recharge your body, and reclaim inner joy. You’ll learn how to use improv as a source of positivity and calm in your daily life and create healthy habits as an artist-from warm ups to performance to post show. Appropriate for all improv skill levels.

Combined, Alison and Eileen have been performing improv for a billion years. They have been teaching it for half a billion. Eileen has taken classes/intensives at Second City, iO, Annoyance, and the Improv Retreat. Together and separately, they have taken workshops from esteemed colleagues all over the country. Kevin McDonald called them funny once and gave them all the change in his pocket. Seriously.This particular workshop sprouted from the idea that life is hard, but choosing joy and using the tenants of improv can fuel a more positive outlook. Improv is a superpower for good.



1:45pm-3:15pm
Sam Locke
Peter Robards

Building Character: a crash course on Improv and Puppetry - $15


Improvisation and Puppetry are two of the oldest forms of storytelling. The roots of which are based on colorful characters, relatable scenes, and physical movement. By studying the core ideals of each art form you can expand your own abilities as a performer.

This workshop aims to provide you – the performer – with a specific set of techniques that will help you develop more robust characters, create more compelling scenes, and perform improv with puppetry in a powerful, confident manner. After more than a decade of performing around the country these are the same techniques that Underhanded Improv focuses on in every single show and has found to be effective in front of audiences.

Peter Robards will lead you through some short intensive scene work, help you discover ways to quickly snap into character, and offer some personal feedback on how you play. Sam Locke will focus on the operation of hand puppets as tools for characters in improvisation and methods for creating powerful scenes via Puppetry. He’ll also cover methods for bringing the puppet to life using movement, posture, and your voice.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“We had Sam and Peter out for our improvised puppetry festival and they were wonderful…

Sam went in depth bringing out the best in the participants …

Their humor and knowledge… [made] participants feel comfortable learning this brand new skillset…” 
~ Elizabeth Westermann, Unexpected Productions; Seattle, WA



3:30pm-5:00pm

Paul Simmons

Four Dimensional Characters – $15
Building Three Dimensional Characters that Stand the Test of Time

In this workshop Paul will do a deep dive into character elements, and techniques to clearly establish them for the performer and the audience. Through a series of exercises you will see how to discover each of these elements, and begin the process of defining them quickly and completely during scenes. By the end you will have the necessary tools to build a fully developed character that the audience will remember by name.

Paul Simmons is a founding member of Einstein Simplified, Knoxville’s premiere comedy improv troupe. He has performed a weekly show for 25 years, as well as teaching improv for 19. He has been in multiple independent films, local and national commercials, and festivals. He won best supporting actor for his role in the Fifty-Four film fest short “Armageddon or Whatever”. From beginning improv, through corporate training Paul has taught at all levels. From the start, it has been about fun and comedy through improv for him, and teaching others how to find the fun and comedy while enhancing their skill set.








Sunday, January 6, 2019

hey there! check out our new logo from e. roy lee 

of murfreesboro's m-prov! 

and our show schedule for gif 2019 is coming soon!!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

mining improv comedy gold for gif 2018!

it's gonna be a comedy goldmine!

getting all the groups ready for gif 2018!
performance schedule coming soon!!!