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About Ed Improv Fest

29th February - 3rd March 2024

The Edinburgh International Improv Festival is held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Scotland's beautiful capital city. It's four days of workshops, shows and jams celebrating the best in improv from around the world.

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Previous Festivals

We’re proud to have hosted improv greats such as members of New York's RaaaatScraps, Hebecky Drysbell’s Becky Drysdale and Heather Anne Campbell, Will Hines, Julie Brister, Billy Merritt, the cast of the West End hit Showstopper, Chad Carter, John Murray and legendary team Dummy.

Back for year six in 2024, we had the strange privilege of being one of the few festivals who managed to hold an in-person event in February 2020. For our 2021 edition we went online with Seen in Scenes, centered around inclusion in improv and the celebration of diverse voices worldwide. You can watch recordings of our live-streamed panels on our Youtube page.

Meet The Team

Jason Perez
Artistic Director/Co-founder

Jason has been performing & teaching improv in Los Angeles, New York, and the United Kingdom for 20+ years. As well as being a teacher for Will Hines’ Worlds Greatest Improv School, he is the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Improv Festival. He is a member of the improv team The Good Leads w/ Billy Merritt, Julie Brister, Sarah Claspell, and Josh Simpson. Weird fact: Jason was the child star of a B-List horror film starring Corey Feldman and Adam West.


Laura Hotchkiss
Executive Producer

Laura is an experienced marketing manager who has been working in the Scottish media industry for the past decade. As an improviser she can be found regularly performing with Glasgow based team Yer Da.

As well as completing courses at multiple improv schools including UCB and WGIS; Laura has been trained or coached by many great improvisers including Billy Merritt, Will Hines, Sarah Claspell, Shannon O'Neill, Julie Brister, Michael Delaney, Alex Berg, Michelle Gilliam and more.

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