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Vision for the Conference

Why We're Doing This Crazy Thing!

Vision for the Conference

Thanks for checking out the Christian Improv Comedy conference website.  We’re excited about what promises to be an engaging, energizing and entertaining weekend with the most fun people in the world to be around — improvisers!  There isn’t anything else like this out there, so you may be curious about what we’re doing and why.  Even if you’re not, that’s still what I’m going to write about.

Here’s the thing: there has been very little opportunity for connection and fellowship for Christians doing improv comedy.  In 2015, a few of us gathered to try to change that, while also providing an environment to grow in the craft.  The first conference was small, but very special.  And it led to another, and then another, and another.  We continued to grow and build community – with the pandemic forcing us to cancel the 2020 and 2021 conferences.  In 2022, we started up again and it was so good to be together.  Now, as we look forward, we see more openness and a broader more connected community online – which has increased interest in gathering together in person.

Being together will help us all!

2023 is the second year that we’re meeting in a conference center type setting in Green Lake, Wisconsin.  Sharing meals together and having spaces to sit, talk and visit has been wonderful, while also being able to draw on some great instructors from not only the strong improv communities in Chicago and nearby cities, but from all over.  We’ll have opportunities for fellowship.  Opportunities to get good side coaching.  We’ll have instructors from both Christian and secular organizations.  But most of all, we’ll have fun!  So who should attend and why?

You are: Reason to Attend Reason Not to Attend
Professional Improviser You want to improve your craft, get tips and tricks from other pros, challenge how you’ve been doing things in the past, grow in the ministry aspects of what you do, you have something to offer others! You don’t anticipate having bathed in several weeks or you want your improv career to slip into mediocrity
Aspiring Improviser You want to improve your craft, learn how to make a go of being a pro improviser, network, broaden your thinking about improv, you have something to offer others! You would prefer to remain in the aspirational mode.
HS or College Improviser You want to improve your craft, learn about opportunities to continue doing improv after school, challenge yourself to do more with improv, you have something to offer others! You’re grounded that weekend.
Stand Up Comedian You want to learn improv techniques to better your crowdwork, writing, and stage presence, you’re curious about the other side of comedy, you have something to offer others! You can’t play nice with others.
Actor You know that improv helps you on stage and want to dive deeper into the craft to improve your character work and comfort level on stage. You have to memorize everything you say.
Speaker or Pastor You want to learn improv techniques and principles to better your communication skills. You’re an elitist who thinks you know it all already.

As more people sign up, we’ll broaden our offerings!  So sign up soon so that we can prepare to make this year’s conference your best weekend of the year!