About the Festival

WELCOME! Tickets for The Tenth Annual New York Musical Improv Festival are NOW ON SALE!!! Click here to view our full schedule and HERE for more information about our Festival Workshops!

The Magnet Theater is proud to be hosting The 10th Annual NYMIF from October 18 – 21, 2018. This year’s lineup of festival participants will be joining us from across the globe from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Delray Beach, Denver, Austin, Boston, Cambridge, Providence, Washington DC, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, Montreal and Warsaw, Poland!

We’re looking forward to another stellar year of celebrating and showcasing the art of musical improv and can’t wait to see you at the theater!

-The NYMIF Team-



As we head into our tenth year, the NYMIF’s mission remains the same – to elevate and celebrate the community of musical improvisors, actors, singers, and musicians who gather in NYC once a year to meet, perform and show off the form!

The first New York Musical Improv Festival was created ten years ago to promote the art musical improv to wider audiences as well as bring together performers of the form from all over the world!  Since then, musical improv has exploded across the country with new programs starting every year.  In New York City, musical house teams have become a staple at all of the major comedy theaters. The Magnet has expanded its own program to four levels and now boasts eight musical house teams!

Past festivals have included teams and performers from cities across the US, (Austin TX, Baltimore, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Delray Beach FL, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC), Canada (Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver), Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Paris France! NYMIF has featured everything from Tony Award winning performers to improvised cabarets, Sondheim to Hip-hop, college teams, duo and solo shows, even improvised musical versions of everything from Law & Order to Star Trek.