We had a chance to interview Jill Eickmann who runs the Femprovisor fest now in its 5th year. Take a look and consider submitting for this fest. It takes place in San Francisco, CA.
What are you looking forward to most this year for the fest?
This is our fifth year! We are looking to showcase a diverse women collective. We are crossing our fingers that a trio of femprovisors from Improv Mumbai will be joining us this year, making this our first year as an international festival.
How important is this festival for women in improv, especially in light to what is happening in our industry?
What I find so important right now- is creating a safe space for womxn to connect and play together. We need a space to truly be ourselves without any pressure to conform to any female stereotype or role. Those of us in all lady teams often agree- this pressure to be a certain type of woman starts to fade once you are not the “only” or “one of the only” womxn on a team.
We need a space to be unapologetic with our voice, truly be ourselves- in all its multiplicities, and take big risks. Most importantly, we need a space where our sisters can support our choices. When in a male majority or patriarchal industry, a feeling of scarcity can ensue for female artists. In addition to healing our male/female relationships, we also need a great deal of healing from our sisters. Femprovisor Fest gives women the opportunity to support and lift one another up. This festival is about supporting cooperation over competition. I also see this festival as a space to recharge and get support from other bad-ass Femprovisors to then go home and keep your voice alive.
What kind of shows are you looking for?
We want to see womxn play together with delight and love for one another. We want to see unique and under-represented voices, experimental forms, and performers who share their voices unapologetically. Off the stage, we are seeking artists who support building community and are excited about engaging in the many festival offerings: workshops, seeing shows, participating in panels, and of course- PARTIES!
Tell us about the venue
This will be our second year at The EXIT Theater- MainStage in downtown SF. The EXIT is home of the SF Fringe and a wonderful, risk-taking venue that has been a haven for SF Bay Area artists of all walks of life since 1983. From magicians to burlesque dancers to Shakespeare to new works to the rowdy sketchy show- The EXIT is home to ALL. The MainStage theater is an 80 seat house with an intimate and fun cabaret feel- perfect for improvisational theatre of all kinds.
Why choose the Femprovisor Fest?
You are an improvisor who not only wants to play boldly and take big risks but you also are extremely passionate about social change. You want to be a part of the conversation, you want to inspire others, and you want to lift up and support your sisters on and off the improv stage.
You can instantly submit to the Femprovisor fest right HERE.
Nick is an Actor, Improvisor and Writer living in Los Angeles, CA. He is the Camp Director and Founder of Camp Improv Utopia a a 501(c) (3) Non Profit improv retreat for grown ups, Artistic Director of Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater and is a founding members of the The Improv Network. Nick has also taught at iO West, The Pack Theatre and The Groundlings and has taught workshops all over the world.