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



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Gatlinburg Motel Discounts for those heading to GIF!

UPDATED!!! Two of the theatre's neighboring motels have again kindly given Gatlinburg Improv Fest's attendees a great discount! The rates promised on March 5-7, 2015 are as follows:

Twin Islands Motel -
$71.99 + tax/night
standard room, 2 queen beds

539 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Toll Free: 800.223.9299
Local: 865.436.5121
Fax: 865.436.6208
GPS: 35.713414, -83.511368

and also across the street is the

Crossroads Inn and Suites -
$65.99 + tax/night
standard room, 2 queen beds

440 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Toll Free: 800.925.8889
Local: 865.436.5661
Fax: 865.430.9713
GPS: 35.716457, -83.51114

Mention the Gatlinburg Improv Fest to get the discount. Contact us or talk to Melinda at the Twin Islands hotel number if you have any problems getting the discount.

Monday, February 16, 2015

*Updated!* All of the GIF 2015 Workshop Info!

Come "Yes, And..." with us!

Here it is! All the Gatlinburg Improv Fest Workshop information!!! 

All workshops will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at:

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
461 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Parking is available in the parking garage across the street. 
Each workshop will be 90 minutes long and cost $15 each or $60 for all five classes. (James Newport's Free Improv Class is free). 
Call the GIF Hotline 865-325-9712 to reserve your spot. Cash payment to individual instructors on day of workshop is preferred but we do also take credit and debit cards. 
Please try to be on time to get the most out of each workshop! Thanks and have fun!

Times and descriptions:

9am - 10am

Free Improv Class! Free

FREE!- Come and play! Custom built class for all who attend! It’s free! All experience levels welcome. Improv for all!

James Newport, Former Sak Theatre & Comedy Lab Performer & Director, GIF Producer James has 25 years of improv performing, directing, and coaching experience. Come on! It’ll be fun! and free!


10am - 11:30am

Mondy Carter and Karen Stobbe from Reasonably Priced Babies present:
Where Are You?  $15

Where are you? It's one thing to be a pirate, it's another to be a pirate on a bus. You could be king of England but your king will be different if he is in a treehouse. The where of the scene is an often overlooked and under utilized aspect to improv. Even if the environment is not contrary to the character the where is a reservoir of potential.
The where of a scene is the unsung hero of keeping a world together. How you show and feel the world you make informs the audience, your fellow players and yourself in subtle and profound ways. We will show you how to establish and use the where to keep the ground solid beneath your feet.

Mondy Carter & Karen Stobbe
60 years improvising 

11:30am - 12pm

 Lunch Break!

12pm - 1:30pm

Dread Not, Block Not  $15

Opening up the landscape of your brain and being comfortable with the harvest. Learning to go to the dark places of your mind, and accepting the results.

Dr. Paul Simmons has been with Einstein Simplified since day one. His enthusiasm and drive has resulted in his being labeled the "Heart and Soul" of the troupe. Computer guru by day and comedian by night he has enjoyed being able to grow his comedy skills by teaching several courses in comedy and improv over the years. Quiet and reserved until he takes the stage or you get to know him, he is always ready to entertain and make others laugh.

1:45pm - 3:15pm

Mouthing Off  $15

A new improv puppeteering workshop from Sam Locke, puppeteer with the Annoyance Theatre, and director/co-creator of the “Weirdos” puppet shows at the Annoyance Theater.
The workshop is open to children 8-years-old and up and adults who want to learn how to operate puppets, and the basics of lip-syncing with their own improvised dialogue. Each budding puppeteer will leave the workshop with “ping pong eyes” so they can practice mouthing skills.


3:30pm - 5pm

Keeping N'Sync with your team -- The Boy Band Way of Thinking - How to find individual strengths of each of your members.  $15

The Missing Child's Missy Whitis offers a teamwork oriented workshop. Keeping in mind that not everyone should be held responsible to do everything will make for a more balanced team—be it in the workplace or in and improv troupe. What kind of improviser are you? Not everyone is built to start the scene. Are you support? A realist? The character person? You can't all be the lead singer! Let's find out what role you play! It's okay if you aren't always in the scene. Find your role and play it to the best of your ability. By thinking like a boy band you see that everyone's talent is different and should be celebrated as such. Every boy band has a “rebel” and a “shy one”. They wouldn't be a team without them. So which one are you?

Missy Whitis has worked with Hershey, GE Aviation, P&G, Wells-Fargo, Vera Bradley, the Educational Theatre Association, the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, University of Cincinnati, Ronald McDonald House, Luxottica, and Bank of Kentucky, just to name a few.  She is often asked to work with companies on communication and innovation in the workplace and she does it by using the basics of improvisation.  Missy has been lucky enough to study at the renown SAK Comedy Lab, and under Paul Sills, one of the creators of The Second City. In 2011, Missy was ranked in the top 2% of “The Most Influential People on the Web”, by Fast Company Magazine.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015


It's the Gatlinburg Improv Fest 2015 Show Schedule!

(scroll down for group info)

We have nine improv groups joining us this year for GIF 2015. (updated!)

Four of the nine groups are new this year.

We happily welcome Chicago's Underhanded Improv,

Underhanded Improv is a two man improv group from Chicago, IL that mixes the art of puppetry with the art of improvisation. Featuring the improvisational talents of Peter Robards and the puppetry of Sam Locke.

Cincinatti's The Middle Child,

 The Middle Child, together for over six years, performs all over Greater Cincinnati/NKY. Always FAMILY-FRIENDLY. Always based on YOUR suggestions.

a new group from Knoxville, The Improv*ables.

The Improv*ables are the performance troupe of the Knoxville Improv Workshop. The Workshop was established four years ago. It meets weekly at The Birdhouse in the historic 4th and Gill neighborhood in downtown Knoxville. The Workshop operates as a cooperative drawing on the talents and inspiration of all members and guests. The Improv*ables have been performing in Knoxville for two years. Regular venues are My Place Community Center and The Time Warp Tearoomin Knoxville. The troupe has embraced and is evolving long form improv as the core of its work and performance.

and just added, The Maybe Pile, from Chattanooga. 

The Maybe Pile is a composite group of improvisers with a rich history of working together. We are united by our common love for improvisation, each other, and just generally making fools of ourselves.

Also returning to GIF this year, we welcome back

Asheville's Reasonably Priced Babies,

Improv Comedy of Western North Carolina and called into being by the Universal Mind to spread joy, odd noises and viral goofiness for the betterment of man.

Lee University's Shenanigans,

Shenanigans is a 12-member improvisational theater team made up completely of Lee University undergrad students.

Knoxville's Einstein Simplified,

  Einstein Simplified has been entertaining Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area since 1994. Now in its 21st year, the troupe has performed over 1100 comedy improv shows. Einstein Simplified currently performsat 8:15 p.m. every Tuesday at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square.

The troupe has been nominated for a 2012 INNY Award for Best Short Form improv comedy. Other awards include Best Theatre Group in the WTNZ Fox 43 Hot List; Runner Up Best Local Theatre Group MetroPulse Best Of Knoxville (2011-2013); and ranking first place in the Improvisation Top 50 for the last five years before it closed.

The group often performs outside of their regular Tuesday shows. Recent appearances include the Scruffy City Comedy Festival, Gatlinburg Improv Fest, Knoxville's First Night New Year's celebration (2008-2012), Downtown Knoxville Relay for Life, halftime performances at a Lady Vols game and at Hard Knox Roller Girls bouts.

the Nashville Improv Co.,

 Nashville Improv Company is an improv theater group, dedicated to providing quality comedy shows as well as training and development of new talent in the greater Nashville area.

and finally, Gatlinburg's own,  

The New Fangles!

a collaborative effort between the amazing Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre artists and the producers of the Gatlinburg Improv Fest. We gather together yearly to bring the joy of improv comedy to Gatlinburg and the world!

Shawew! That's a lot of amazing improv talent coming to Gatlinburg on March 6-7, 2015!
Hope to see you there!!!

...and during the day on Saturday March 7th, 
the GIF 2015 Improv Comedy Workshops will be held at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre! 
Class information coming soon!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

improlf ???

 ya know, i don't know a thing about golf.
however, i do know something about improv
and already i can tell you
this is going to be a great year of shows
at the 
2015 gatlinburg improv fest!

returning groups include

einstein simplified!
reasonably priced babies!

and brand new this year from chicago,
 underhanded improv!
 and from cincinatti, 
the middle child!

more info to come!

stay tuned!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

now with all the gif workshop info you need!

Gatlinburg Improv Fest 2014 Workshop Schedule

All workshops will be held on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at:

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

461 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Each workshop will be 90 minutes long and cost $15.

Times and descriptions:

9:00 am

Free Improv Class! - Come and play! Custom-built class for all who attend! It’s free!
All experience levels welcome.

James Newport, Sak Theatre & Comedy Lab
James has nearly 20 years of improv performing, directing, and teaching experience. Come on! It’ll be fun!


11:00 am

Get Connected and Succeed Through Failure - With 20 years of improvisation experience Paul Simmons of Einstein Simplified will show you how to find the connections to your scene partners and also how failure = success.  There are no wrong answers. $15

Dr. Paul Simmons, Einstein Simplified
Paul has been with Einstein Simplified since day one. His enthusiasm and drive has resulted in his being labeled the "Heart and Soul" of the troupe. Computer guru by day and comedian by night he has enjoyed being able to grow his comedy skills by teaching several courses in comedy and improv over the years. Quiet and reserved until he takes the stage or you get to know him, he is always ready to entertain and make others laugh.


1:00 pm

Improvising Truthfully: Through using his combined backgrounds in improvisation and the Meisner acting technique, Ian will show you how to get to the emotional core of the relationship between you and your scene partner right away. Learn how to stop “indicating”, start living truthfully onstage, and effortlessly discover the humor in the scene. Learn to become the decisive, fearless, and vulnerable improviser you’ve always wanted to be. $15

Ian Covell, Improv School of Atlanta’s Elliot Street
Ian is a student of the Sanford Meisner acting technique and has been performing improv comedy for 18 years, co-founder of the Orlando, FL based sketch and improv comedy troupe, THEM, former artistic director for Automatic Improv, worked at Relapse, Dad's Garage, SAK Comedy Lab, The Village Theatre, and is currently the voice of and evil baby in the animated series "Goodwin Vs. Badwin”.


3:00 pm

Matt’s Super Amazing Improv Class: Strong Start, Bangin' Finish
This workshop will cover the necessary elements of "hero myth" story structure.
Identifying a protagonist, torturing her/him, and finding satisfying resolution will all be illuminated. Find your archetype and set up the hero to win (or lose!), or perhaps you ARE the hero. Short-form made epic again! $15

Matt Stanton, Improv School of Atlanta’s Elliot Street
Matt is a veteran improviser who was one of the original founders of Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta in the late twentieth century. Just recently you can see him in that movie, news guy 2 or whatever it was called. His class will be amazing. He was also the 3rd place winner of the 1991 Winter Park High School play festival.