ConFest 2018: Chicago // Revolutionary Acts!

Join us for the 6th National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest) in Chicago this August!

An exciting week of performances, panel discussions, workshops, breakout sessions, new play readings, parties, networking and more!

This year’s ConFest will be held from August 13-18 and earlybird passes are now on sale.

Browse the full lineup and purchase a pass at: https://caata.net/confest/confest2018/

ConFest 2018: Chicago is hosted in partnership with Victory Gardens Theater, Silk Road Rising, and DePaul University School of Theater. The theme Revolutionary Acts will engage people in passionate dialogues about social injustice and inequity in American culture and consider what we, as theater practitioners, can do about it.

Bentwood Festival

Named after the classic bentwood style stage chair, the Bentwood Festival will bring some of iO’s top alumni back to Chicago for a week long celebration of improv, stand-up, sketch and experimental comedy. The festival will feature a diverse array of the best comedic talents from within Chicago, as well as a variety of performers from improv theaters all over the country. For 10 days in August, the iO Theater will be the epicenter of live comedy, celebrating the history and success of Chicago as the country’s premiere training ground for young comedic talent.

For nearly 40 years the iO Theater has been the premier venue and training center for long form improvisation. Boasting a long list of notable alumni, including Mike Meyers, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Adam McKay, Jordan Peele, Seth Meyers, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and many more, the iO Theater continues to be the training center for the country’s top comedic talent.

Opening for Dynasty Improv

DyNasty is a super squad of the most outstanding performers of color from all over the city. Every Monday night in the Del Close Theater they give audiences an experience like no other!

Each week features; The most diverse openers from across the Chicago Comedy Community, an improv jam composed of audience attendees and DyNasty featuring special guests!

We Are Asian. We Do Comedy.

Stir Friday Night will be performing as a part of Steppenwolf’s performance series, LookOut.

The 23-year old Asian American comedy troupe presents the simplicity of “We Are Asian. We Do Comedy.” Amalgamated with music, sketch and improv, this performance will tell the theatrical tale of what it is to be a “model” minority. 

We Are Asian. We Do Comedy.

Stir Friday Night will be performing as a part of Steppenwolf’s performance series, LookOut.

The 23-year old Asian American comedy troupe presents the simplicity of “We Are Asian. We Do Comedy.” Amalgamated with music, sketch and improv, this performance will tell the theatrical tale of what it is to be a “model” minority.