Can you imagine coming on an empty stage, with no props, no script, no rehearsal and come up with spur of the moment jokes with all eyes on you? Takes talent and teamwork to pull off a show like that.
“Don’t be funny . . . just be honest . . . be a teamplayer . . . and all will flow into place”, that’s what is going on in their minds as Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) members perform their hilarious shows.
In celebration of its 11th year anniversary, SPIT and PETA Theater Center proudly present the Manila Improv Festival 2013 from June 25-30, 2103.
The theme for this year is “Follow Your Feet”, an improvisational theater concept which also ties in with the art form’s return to PETA - the group which first introduced improvisational theater to the country in the early 1970s. As SPIT takes on a new decade of laughter and innovation, the group decided to take a bolder step in sharing the art of improv to bigger audiences through the festival and its partnership with PETA Theater Center.
Gabe Mercado, artistic director of the festival and founder of SPIT describes the vision of the festival: “SPIT was founded back in June 2002, because I saw the need for a new kind of comedy—one that differed from the usual stand-up comedy routines that we are used to seeing on TV and comedy bars. Improv appealed to me because of its grounding on truth, the magic of spontaneity, and the fun that on-the-spot creation brings about.”
Being the country’s premiere improvisational theater group known for their smart and incisive brand of comedy, SPIT has represented the Philippines in numerous international events such as the prestigious Los Angeles Comedy Festival in 2004, and more recently, in the Hong Kong and Beijing Improv Festivals.
The Manila Improv Festival 2013 will have six shows featuring the participating improv groups: People's Liberation Improv and 3 Dudes Improv (Hongkong), Beijing Improv (Beijing), Taichung Improv (Taiwan), Xiamen Improv (Xiamen), Zmack (Shanghai), Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tokyo) and Silly People’s Improv Theater (Manila).
There will be one show each on June 26, 27, 28 and 30 (8 p.m.), while there will be two shows on June 29. Entrance for each show is P400, and will feature three improv groups for each set, performing a variety of long form and short form improvisational shows.
All performances will be at the heart of the PETA Theater Center - at their “Black Box” performance space known as the PETA-PHINMA Theater. SPIT is excited to be exploring this new space with the theater’s flexible and intentionally skewed box theater that offers numerous stage and audience arrangements.
During the festival, there will also be an Applied Improvisation Network Conference for HR and training professionals from June 25 - 26. Applied Improvisation takes the concepts of improv, and utilizes it in other fields, particularly in sharpening skills in innovation, creativity, presentation skills and leadership. The AIN conference will be led by Paul Z. Jackson, one of the founders of the Applied Improvisation Network and its immediate past president, Kay Ross, a Hong Kong-based marketing consultant and coach and member of People's Liberation Improv, and Curt Mabry who has been using improvisation in his work with Zmack Shanghai as well.
A workshop for both master and aspiring improv actors will be conducted as well from
June 28 - 30.
For more details and updates, you may check out SPIT via
For ticket and Workshop inquiries contact:
Meann Espinosa of PETA
Tel: 410-0822 loc 14 to 15
mobile number 0906 211 5003
Tickets are also available at Ticketworld or the PETA Theater Center.