Miki Manting and why her “Vintage Improv Festival” is a gift for improvisors over 50

Miki ManningJoin me today and meet Improvisor, OBGYN, and creator of the term “Vintage Improv,” Miki Manting. Miki talks to us about how she became involved in improv and what inspired her to start this festival where improvisers who are fifty-years-old and over perform. At Improv theaters where casts were largely made up of improvisers in their 20’s and early 30’s vintage improvisers often experience the phenomenon of invisibility. Miki talks about how Vintage Improv changes that dynamic and about her upcoming 2020 Vintage Improv Festival (VIF) that runs September 10-14, 2020 https://www.vintageimprov.com/ In addition to the festival the VIF hosts several improv classes each week with improvisers that include Jay Sukow, David Razowski, Jill Bernard and Faustino Solis.

In 2018, in conjunction with ImprovBoston, the world’s first Vintage Improv Festival was produced in Boston. The intellectual property of Miki Manting, the one-day Festival manifested as a tag onto the end of the Boston Improv Festival. It drew over 50 experienced solo vintage improvisers and existing Troupes from points as far away as Austin, Oklahoma City, Sarasota, northern-most Maine, Detroit, and the Twin Cities. Selected Vintage Improv Troupes included The Early Bird Special of Sarasota Florida, HATS from Hadley Massachusetts, and Elderberry Jam Improv. Additionally two duos, The Grown Ups from Oklahoma City, and In Our Prime from Austin Texas performed at this historic event. A longstanding short-form troupe called Kamikaze from Montpelier Maine and a number of brave solo improvisers were also selected to perform in specially curated teams for what turned out to be a packed Main Stage Theater at ImprovBoston.

Learn more about Miki and the upcoming Vintage Improv Festival this September in Boston: Vintage Improv Festival 2020


You might want to listen to my fascinating discussions with other improv teachers and innovators including Peter Margaritas and Deana Criess.

*Improv Interviews podcast‘ is introduced by Susan L. Parker of yourinternationalvoice.com

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