About the Festival

Each year the Hideout assembles a full weekend of improvised one-act plays. The schedule is packed with The Hideout’s own repertoire of shows, exciting new shows from other theaters in Austin, and special out-of-town guest troupes.

Improv is funny. Improv is spontaneous. Improv is delightful. And at The Hideout, we believe that improv is also theatre.
Over the years, The Hideout has built its reputation on producing full-length improvised plays in a wide range of styles: Shakespeare, Dickens, Star Trek, Film Noir. and on and on and on.
The Hideout certainly isn’t alone in its approach, and it’s time to bring like-minded improv companies together to celebrate and show off the more theatrical side of improv.
Hence, The Improvised Play Festival.
Each year the Hideout assembles a full weekend of improvised one-act plays. The schedule is packed with The Hideout’s own repertoire of shows, exciting new shows from other theaters in Austin, and special out-of-town guest troupes.
Past years have brought us a wide variety of themes and shows, including improvised David Mamet, improvised horror, thrilling pulp adventures, stories from Vietnam, and more.

Why Austin?

Austin is a wellspring of exciting improv activity.

Not only are there a lot of groups and shows, but there’s a HUGE amount of variety. More so than anywhere else, Austin Improv groups are pushing the boundaries of what improv is.

More importantly, the Austin Improv scene has a long tradition of narrative improv… creating complete stories from start to finish in the moment.

The Lineup

You can see the 2016 lineup here.