Festival 2017

One week. New Zealand’s top improvisers. Almost total chaos.

Every year hordes of improvisers take over BATS for one week of made-up mayhem; running workshops, masterclasses and a full programme of improv theatre fun. Across the week we present three or four one-off shows a night. There are no scripts, no lines to remember; only spontaneity and generosity on stage, creating theatre that has never been seen and will never be seen again.

Improvisers come from all around the country and the world to take part. Past festivals have welcomed top improvisers from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, USA, and, of course, Australia.. 

New Zealand Improv Festival 2017 was supported by



Our performance programme features world premieres, visiting directors, and an all-out improv battle. Check out our 2017 Performance Programme, then book your tickets at BATS Theatre



With 27 workshops in just 8 days, there's something for every improvisor, from eager newbies to grizzled old hats. Workshop packages start at $60. Visit nzif.info for our full schedule, and register now! 



Who is a participant? Anyone who takes part! Teachers, directors, volunteers and workshop attendees. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions along with our Code of Conduct for 2017, and join us in the NZIF Green Room on Facebook to get in the loop.