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David CharlesFred BrownJonathan PittsRyan GoodmanShaun Landry

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Join us for a weekend of workshops, shows, and more. Classes will be led by some of the best instructors from around the nation. We'll also have shows featuring local and national talent. See below for more info.

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What is Detour?

Detour is a collegiate improv festival hosted by NPP at Carnegie Mellon University. The festival includes a variety of workshop topics and performances for everyone (even non-improvisers) to enjoy.

This is the fifth time we’ve hosted Detour, and we couldn’t be more excited!

How much does it cost?

The festival’s opening ceremony, performances, and workshops are all completely free! Individual workshops are ticketed, and space is limited.

Where can I sign up?

RSVP information for our opening ceremony/dinner, performances, tickets for classes, etc. can be found here.

Where will it be hosted?

Detour will be hosted at Carnegie Mellon University. Our address is 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

More Questions?

Email Alex Newkirk or Stephen Tao.


Friday Schedule

EventLocationStart Time
Detour Food and FriendshipSimmons A5:30 PM
Instructor PerformanceStudio Theater7:30 PM

Saturday Schedule

EventLocationInstructorStart Time
Scenework the Chicago Way

Prioritizing character and relationships.

Danforth ConferenceJonathan Pitts9 AM
Poetic Improvisation

The power and presence of poetry.

DowdShaun Landry9 AM
Musical Improvisation

The methods behind musical madness.

Simmons ADavid Charles & Ryan Goodman9 AM
Character through Voice

Your voice says more than words.

Simmons BFred Brown9 AM
Taking Care of the Now

Establishing what's now to set up what's next.

Danforth ConferenceJonathan Pitts1 PM
Improv for Your Life

Improv for your life, not just the stage.

DowdShaun Landry1 PM
Short Form Improvisation

Unlock gifts at the core of short-form canon.

Simmons ADavid Charles & Ryan Goodman1 PM
Physicality and Environment

Discover the magic of body and space.

Simmons BFred Brown1 PM
University ShowcaseSimmons B4:30 PM
Performer ShowcaseSimmons A7:30 PM
Improv JamSimmons A9 PM