BIF days 2020

The BIF days program is held in English, with a maximum of 10 participants. The program involves 11 hours of workshops, a panel discussion, two jams, a rehearsal observation, fun activities and tickets to any of the shows of IMPRO 2020.

Location: Jugendkulturzentrum Pumpe, Lützowstraße 42

BIF days: Hard topics
with John Gebretatose (USA)

John Gebretatose

In this workshop, we will highlight what happens to us as performers when a scene becomes scary, offensive or insensitive and we freeze or lose ourselves. We explore some approaches to get agency back when we find ourselves somewhere uncomfortable, tools for improvising mindfully and finding a proactive voice for you and your show.

Trigger and content warning: this class is based on scenes when you find yourself dealing with topics of race or socially and politically charged situations - which means it will include discussions and scenes dealing with race, gender and other very personally sensitive areas and how to move forward thoughtfully, respectfully and meaningfully when you find yourself there.

John Gebretatose is an international impro powerhouse, coaching teams, holding impro workshops in theaters, hospitals, corporate workspaces, and schools. He is a HUGE Improv Theater instructor and is also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He has led and facilitated diversity and inclusion programming for impro theaters all over the world with a mission of uplifting all voices. He trained and worked at the Brave New Workshop and has been performing in the Twin Cities for over 10 years.

John is a founding member of Blackout Improv. He is the co-founder of the Black and Funny Improv Festival and one of the founding members of the sketch comedy show Late Nights Minneapolis.

LEVEL: participants with at least 3 years of impro experience, who rehearse and/or take workshops on a regular basis.


 March 19th


16:00 to 17:30
Panel discussion: Political correctness and censorship in impro (and other arts)

Host: Journalist Friedhelm Teicke (zitty Berlin)

Panelists: Inbal Lori (ISR), John Gebretatose (USA) and Lad’a Karda (CZE) 

17:30 Welcome meeting and briefing

20:00 Show of IMPRO 2020

 March 20th

10:30 to 14:30 Workshop

15:30 to 16:30
Jam with all BIF program groups

20:00 Show of IMPRO 2020

 March 21st

10:30 to 14:30

16:00 to 17:00
Soccer match between BIF participants and IMPRO 2020 ensemble

20:00 Show of IMPRO 2020

23:00 Closing party of IMPRO

 March 22nd

12:00 to 15:00

16:30 Jam Session


19:00 Open Stage

Option: BIF days participants can join the observation of the impro format Throne rehearsal directed by Randy Dixon on Tuesday, March 17th at 11:00 and the Tour of Berlin on Wednesday, March 18th at 16:00.


Early bird cost: 219 Euro
Regular Cost: 249 Euro

Early bird cost only with payment and registration until Dec 31st 2019. The price includes workshops, other scheduled activities and a festival pass for all the shows of IMPRO 2020.

There is the possibility to have a simple lunch at the workshop location on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the additional cost of 20 Euro - please choose the option in the registration form.

Please register by clicking the "Book" buttons after the description of the workshop.

Contact and information.

Die Gorillas / Culturalis kulturmanagement
Juš Milčinski
telephone and Viber: +386 31 427 846

Conditions for participation in the BIF program.

Early bird: online registration plus receipt of payment of 100% of the program fee until Dec 31st 2019.
Regular cost: online registration and receipt of payment - transfer 50% of the program fee until Dec 31st 2019 (first come, first served!) and second 50% until Feb 15th 2020.
Please note that participation in the program is at your own risk, there is no insurance protection by the festival organisers.

More than 6 weeks before programs: full refund.
More than 4 weeks before programs: 75% refund.
4-3 weeks before programs: 50% refund.
3-2 weeks before programs: 30% refund.
2-1 week(s) before programs: 10% refund.
Less than 7 days before programs: no refund.

Bank transfer to:
Gorilla Theater e.V.
GLS Gemeinschaftsbank
IBAN DE52430609671102116501

PayPal payments are accepted within online booking as well, please follow the above given links in order to select the program you want to book.

IMPRO – International Festival for Improvisational Theatre Berlin Code of Conduct

Our festival has always been a place designated for the meeting, exchange and interaction of people from all over the world, enjoying improvised theatre together. We wish to continue making it a space, where everyone feels safe and has the opportunity to freely experience our art form.

We want people of all genders, abilities, ages, cultures and sexualities to feel welcome here. As such, any form of discrimination will not be tolerated. This can include, but is not limited to: racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic or ableist comments, sexual harassment, bullying.

We trust that everyone participating in our festival, from staff members to performers, workshop participants, audience members to anyone else joining the festival in whatever manner, does so with respect and appreciation for their fellow human beings and surroundings..

We encourage you to communicate and respect boundaries - while being aware that they can differ from person to person - and do so with good will and understanding for one another.

If at any point you feel made uncomfortable or unsafe at our festival, please let us know. You can speak to a staff member directly or contact our festival representative trustees Marie Wellmann or Juš Milčinski. Reports will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and handled with care and confidentiality..

Contact details:
Marie Wellmann.
+49-(0)177 6222596

Juš Milčinski
+386 31 427 846