Improfestival Hamburg

We are looking forward to seeing you


We are thrilled to invite you to Hamburg’s “TÖRN International Improtheater Festival”, a four-day event filled with improvisational theatre, taking place from March 28th to 31st, 2019. Together with our guests from Hamburg and all around the world, we will be presenting shows, workshops, and masterclasses in three different theatres across Hamburg, showing the variety that improvised theatre has to offer. There will be shows in both German and English, providing a chance for everyone to further explore the incredible art form of improvisational theatre.

High-Quality Workshops

An international workshop program will take place throughout the TÖRN Festival, which will provide a valuable opportunity for you to dive deeper into your understanding of improvised theatre.

Innovative Shows

Don’t miss out on the chance to see the exciting impro-formats of international stars and the local Hamburg talent scene come together on the German stages for the first time.


yared_di_baba_by_oliver_reetz-007-neuWe are happy and proud that Yared Dibaba has agreed to be the patron for our TÖRN-festival. This Ethiopian-born actor, entertainer, moderator, author, and musician lives in Hamburg, speaks fluent Low German, and embodies the spirit of our festival with his positive spirit, openness, and willingness to take risks.
About Yared Dibaba


“Once more TÖRN brings in 2019 international impro-theatre-spirit to Hamburg. That’s what I love about the Steife Brise, whom I am connected to privately as well as in a professional capacity: They are cool, funny and they spin around your attitude with their improvisation. Improvisation actually is an attitude. It gives you the chance to be present and bring in humour, which often falls short in daily life. For me improvisation is an important driving force in my work as well as in my daily life.

The festival offers a variety of inspiration to get to know all the variety improvisational theatre has to offer. Fascinating about the reTÖRN 2019 is the addition of TÖRN AROUND. Steife Brise presents their work with corporate theatre here. Business can learn a lot from improvisational theatre. Things don’t always go as planned and improvisation offers the tools to stay on track and move forward.

I’m drawn to improvised theatre because you never know the end of the journey – just like in real life. I have to pay attention to my co-players, take what they give me, and in return give what I can. It’s a high-tempo game that relies on all the senses and fantastic training. That’s why it is so cool, that also students from high schools in Hamburg are part of the festival.

I wholeheartedly hope that through the TÖRN Festival many more people become inspired to let improvisation into their lives. Improvisation plays its part in making our colourful world a bit better.”

The International Festival Ensemble

An ensemble of internationally experienced and well-known improvisers from all over the world will work together throughout the week of the TÖRN Festival. A merging of cultures and the shared experience of learning from one another will be at the forefront of the event. The mixture of experimental improv formats and international ensemble work will be presented throughout the festival on various stages across Hamburg.


Beatrix Brunschko

Graz, Österreich


Rama Nicholas

Melbourne, Australia


Dan O’Connor

Los Angeles, USA


Anders Fors

Stockholm, Sweden


Nele Kiessling

Hannover, Germany


Randy Dixon

Seattle, USA


Wiebke Wimmer

Hamburg, Germany


Nadine Antler

Hamburg, Germany


We will present shows in different theatres around Hamburg, showing an insight to the variety that impovised theatre has to offer. The festival-shows will be presented to the Hamburg audience by our international festival-ensemble as well as by a mix of local and international improvisers. There will be shows in English as well as in German language.

The complete show-program coming soon.

Improslam International

Festival-Prelude: Improslam International

For Thorsten Brand, our resident Grandmaster of Improvisation, Germany isn't enough... he wants the world! Three of our international festival-guests challenge him to hand over his crown. Has he gone out on a limb? Or is he going to win after all and hold his ground?
Arrogant. Charming. BRAND.

An insane and turbocharged show - and a perfect prelude to the TÖRN Festival.

This show is performed in German.

Performers: Nadine Antler, Beatrix Brunschko, Nele Kießling
Host: Thorsten Brand
Music: Markus Glossner


Imperial Theater, Reeperbahn 5, 20359 Hamburg

Improslam International

Tickets: Imperial Theater

Eröffnung: Maestro™ International

Opening-show: Maestro™ International

There can only be one!

For the first time joined forces of our international festival-ensemble together with the TÖRN-Masterclass will open the doors for TÖRN. This Crème de la Crème from around the world engages in a fierce and emotional competition: the Maestro™. There they get mixed by chance into scenes and have to create a touching romance, a suspenseful action thriller or maybe even an opera. Who performed best is up to the ruling of the audience. Not an easy decison, because in the end there can only be one who qualifies for honour and glory.

In English

Directors: Dan O’Connor (Los Angeles) & Nadine Antler (Hamburg)
Randy Dixon (Seattle)
Beatrix Brunschko (Graz)
Anders Fors (Göteborg)
Nele Kießling (Hannover)
Rama Nicholas (Melbourne)
Wiebke Wimmer (Hamburg)
and more (tba)

Host: Jan-Henrik Sievers (Hamburg) with guest Yared Dibaba (festival-patron, Hamburg) and Thorsten Brand (Hamburg)

Music: Markus Glossner & Peter Huber

Maestro Impro was created by Keith Johnstone, TM & Copyright 1970-2019 All Rights Reserved Exclusively licensed by International Theatresports Institute

90mins, Friedensallee 27, 22765 Hamburg

Eröffnung: Maestro™ International

Tickets: Ticketverkauf Festivaleröffnung

TÖRN (C)UP 2019


Maestro™- The battle of Hamburg’s improvisers Who will be Hamburg’s Mastro™ 2019? For the TÖRN (C)up every one of Hamburg’s improvisation ensembles sends their delegate into battle. The performers from near and far, from Blankenese till Bergedorf, from Altona, Fuhlsbüttel, Winterhude and all of Hamburg’s corners compete with monumental scenes and touching songs round by round for glory and fame. With every new challenge they try to escape the disqualification. Because only one gets to call himself winner of the TÖRN (C)up 2019! This show is performed in German. In the arena: Julia Behncke (Dünnes Eis), Guido Boyke (Leistenbruch), Viviane Eggers (Steife Brise), Verena Klimm (Ilse, Dracula & Co), Tina Limburger (lemon & berry), Steffen Lübkert (Die Spieler), Conny May (Schillerkiller), Rachel Mischke (Zuckerschweine), Frank Thome (hidden shaekspeare), Felix Schwarzbold (Luv und Lee), Tanya Struck (Anne Bille), Antje Willmann (Impromptue), so as Performers from the impro-group Das Elbe vom Ei, Rabatzmarken, Stadtgespräch and 3 pupils from the Steife Brise-Project Theatersport™ an Schulen with schools of Hamburg. Directing: Katharina Butting and Lena Försch Music: Markus Glossner Hosting: Jan-Henrik Sievers Maestro Impro was created by Keith Johnstone, TM & Copyright 1970-2019 All Rights Reserved<br< Exclusively licensed by International Theatresports Institute


Lichthof Theater, Mendelssohnstraße 15, 22761 Hamburg

TÖRN (C)UP 2019

Tickets: Ticketverkauf Törn (C)UP 2019

Le Roundabout

Le Roundabout

This fully improvised contempary play deals with modern living and the change that happens when we commit to what we want. Who do we meet, when we walk into the unknown and discover new ways of thinking? What consequences will these new relationships bring? Is it possible to get rid of external expectations or do we still grow away from ourselves even when we live the „right way“?

Le Roundabout sheds light onto these questions with one single narrative. The world-premiere will be directed by Dan O’Connor and be performed by the international festival-ensemble.

In English

Director: Dan O’Connor (Los Angeles)
Performers: Nadine Antler (Hamburg), Beatrix Brunschko (Graz), Randy Dixon (Seattle), Anders Fors (Göteborg), Nele Kießling (Hannover), Rama Nicholas (Melbourne), Dan O’Connor (Los Angeles), Wiebke Wimmer (Hamburg)
Music: Peter Huber

90mins, Friedensallee 20, 22765 Hamburg

Le Roundabout

Tickets: Tickets für Le Roundabout



They play. Without intention. Without caution. Without regard. When everything is said and done, they look back to what lies behind them. To the words and action that only mean something at that time.

Afterwords are stories based on a true, honest, moment-to-moment basis. Scenes emerge as an unintended result from nothing because Beatrix Brunschko from Graz and Randy Dixon from Seattle were not focusing on building a story. With great lightness and fine play they fascinate the audience with the stories they didn´t know were happening.

Concept: Randy Dixon (Seattle) & Beatrix Brunschko (Graz)
Performers: Randy Dixon & Beatrix Brunschko
Music: Peter Huber (Hamburg)

In English

60mins, Friedensallee 20, 22765 Hamburg


Tickets: Ticketverkauf Afterwords

Close to you…

A show about Romantic Love, Intimacy, Passion and Sexual Attraction

Romantic love is a theme we see in movies, books, poetry, myths and legends. There are love stories everywhere and whether or not we like to admit it these stories intrigue us and draw us in with the thrill of feeling and hurting just as much as the characters do.
And yet, truthful romantic love is a place that improvisers rarely dare to tread. This intimate show, however, courageously draws back the veil on our secret lives and loves and gives the audience the chance to glimpse love in its rawest form improvised on stage.

Experience the highs and lows. That warm and fuzzy feeling only a new love can invoke, candid conversations about sex, the ups and downs of lasting relationships, the passion, the craving, the break ups, the broken hearts and the electrifying tension of desire...

Like all great love stories Close to you... will leave you wanting more.

Created and presented by Rama Nicholas from Melbourne/Australia together with the international festival ensemble

Nadine Antler, Beatrix Brunschko, Randy Dixon, Anders Fors,Nele Kießling,Felipe Ortiz, Wiebke Wimmer

In English

90mins, Friedensallee 20, 22765 Hamburg

Vernetzt & Score it again, Sam!

Double Feature: Vernetzt & Score it again, Sam!

Vernetzt What holds the world together at its core Are encounters by chance or fateful? Are we subject of the divine plan or do we ourselves wave the threads of our lifes? Is it by accident that human beings increasingly found themselves interwoven in networks? With „Vernetzt“ the performers Katharina Butting and Verena Lohner from Hamburg follow the traces of our impulses and encounters left behind. On the web, in real life an in the cosmos. Concept: Verena Lohner & Katharina Butting (Steife Brise, Hamburg) Performers: Verena Lohner & Katharina Butting Score it again, Sam! An orchestra performs magic The Threepenny Opera, Once Upon a Time in the West, Game of Thrones – without music most theatre plays, films and series are without effect on us. Listening just to a few bars of world famous film songs, well known pictures and emotions come alive and our world changes magically into another. Inspired by great idols musicians of the Improve-Camp build an orchestra and perform together with a hand-picked ensemble on stage. Together they create a work that arises during the moment and immediately will touch your heart and soul. Concept & Idea: Verena Lohner Music: Markus Glossner and all Musicals from the Impro-Camp Performers: Anja Balzer, Lena Breuer, Axel Bungert, Katharina Butting, Knut Kalbertodt, Martin Linke, Verena Lohner, Kirsten Sprick, Mona Tawussi, Adriano Werner, Steffi Wieczorek, Christian Sauter In German language


Lichthof Theater, Mendelssohnstraße 15, 22761 Hamburg

Vernetzt & Score it again, Sam!

Tickets Ticketverkauf Vernetzt und Score it again Sam

Festival-Party: TÖRN IT UP

Festival-Party: TÖRN IT UP

Participants, fans and friends are all invited to get their groove on! We’ll outlast the night with beats courtesy of DJ Sturmflutpaule, and enjoy a chance to say farewell to the festival.

Free entry

45mins, Friedensallee 20, 22765 Hamburg

Festival-Party: TÖRN IT UP


An international workshop program will happen during the TÖRN-festival. Experienced and well-known collegues from all around the world will share their skills and knowledge with collegues in impulse workshops and in an intensive master class.

Public Workshops

SATURDAY, 30st and SUNDAY, 31st of March 2019

All Workshops: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. (12 hours in total). Price per workshop: 210 euros.

The question ‘How do we want to live?’ ties into this workshop as it
encourages participants to use what they already have at home eg. the sock
and other bits and pieces. The activity of making a puppet gets participants
engaged and can be great for mindfulness practice.

This 3 hour online course will cover:
• The basic skills of glove puppetry.
• How to manipulate and characterise a glove puppet (either verbal or non
• How to improvise using puppetry performance techniques.
• Playing scenes with puppets
• The importance of play (in both puppetry and improvisation) which is
helpful, healing and connecting.

Amy Moule is an experienced Puppeteer and will guide you in exercises to
bring your own sock puppet to life!


For improvisers with at least level 1 experience

Are you ready to dive in too deep? To risk everything? We want to dare to go full risk in this workshop: Escape your own comfort-zone, back into the adventure and just gooooo! We will leave kneepad and helmet behind, put a big smile on and throw ourselves into risky exercises, dissect our own impro-spleens, and explore, where there is still space to grow.

This workshop is a challenging boot-camp with individually suited training just for you, lots of side-coaching in your scenes and tons of feedback. Ready for the ride?


For improvisers with at least level 2 experience

… or what emerges when we do what ants do.

If you give a pile of dirt to a colony of ants, they will turn it into Ant-Metropolis with an impressive skyline within a week. Without development plans and construction site management thousands of insects move dirt-particles and create a complex architecture of houses, connecting tunnels plunged by heating and ventilation systems.

The behaviour, strenghnesses and skills of ants are inspiration for this workshop and will be role-models for us improvisers on stage, when we work together to create theatre from nowhere.

We will concentrate on the essential central and only important impro-skills. We will really listen to our fellow players, look into their eyes and unconditionally follow them. We will honestly react to what emerges in the moment. We will not initiate, not offer anything, not invent, but only work with exists when two or more people meet on stage. We will move like that from moment to moment until we reach the end, when or where that might be. And at this end we will leave the stage and look back to all the stories and scenes that have happend, because we only followed each other – just like the ants do.

For improvisers with at least level 2 experience

It is the moment in your scene when you realize that the scene will end with a romantic kiss, a touch, maybe even the promise of sex? And that’s the moment, where we usually panic, our brain circuits and our character suddenly finds reasons why it isn’t the right person after all… Does that sound familiar?

How do we give our audience the gift of a truly romantic love scene and story? How do we electrify our audience with our performers sexual energy without being too explicit? How do we break their hearts like Shakespeare did in Romeo and Juliet? How can we create that kind of intensity in our performances? Why don’t we ever hear honest conversations around sex in our scenes?

This is a workshop about creating true intimacy on stage. The overall themes of the workshop are – romantic love, sex and intimacy in relationships and how can we apply these concepts to our Improvisation performance without wimping out, freaking out or freaking your partner out!

In the workshop, Rama Nicholas creates a relaxed and safe environment were performers can explore these concepts through unique exercises, through discussion and in scene work. The workshop is designed to help improvisers explore their fears, practice their acting skills, build trust and break down barriers. In the process of the workshop, participants will be asked to share their fears around performing intimate scenes, to separate themselves from their character to be able to fulfill their characters journey.

Rama will never push anyone into anything they are not ready for, for example kissing or touching. Though this is an area we will be venturing into, she teaches how to build sexual tension without touching at all. We explore how to stage kiss, holding and embracing, eye contact, slowing down and reading body language. We explore a series of heart-warming exercises designed to build trust, playfulness and intensify energy and end with a series of scenes based around relationships.
Performing love scenes is a skill like any other that can be learned, it just takes trust, bravery, honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and a willingness to take risks that perhaps you have never taken before.


For improvisers with at least level 3 experience

“The theater is not a place where one should go to forget, but rather a place where one should go to remember”. (David Mamet in “Writing in Restaurants”

Spontaneous storytelling is a place where mythic thinking and archetypal images are allowed to live. The myths and images of the imagination arise from the emptiness in improvisation, which we will use to connect with story and archetype. The workshop will focus on the creation and use of images to invoke ancient stories as well as the ones emerging today.

What was happening thousands of years ago can influence what happened today. We are living myth. Through the use of image work, ritual, personal storytelling we will try to create a safe space to explore the stories that touch us at our cores. We will “get out of our skins” and learn to about the honesty of play. We will use our dream images to create plays. It will be hard work and a high level of risk will be involved.

Any format of improvisation is the container for mythological imagination. Improvisation allows us to explore the uncharted, unmapped territories of our stories and live explore another day. We can see our myths and tell the tale together. Because that’s what theatre is about: To remember our stories, to remember our origins, to see through a mythical lens that can enhance our lives.


For improvisers with at least level 3 experience

Experience Levels:

Level 1 – You have at least basic knowledge in improvisation. You have taken a coupe of classes and been on stage.

Level 2 – You have done improvisation for at least 3 years and have been performing on stage regularily.

Level 3 – You have done improvisation at least for 6 years and have been performing on stage regularily.

TÖRN Masterclass

The Masterclass takes place from Friday, 29th to Sunday, 31st of March, 2019 at 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. (18 hours in total). Price: 330 euros

The Masterclass will consist of 12 experienced improvisers. It is aimed at improvisers who perform regularily on stage, rehearse on a regular base with a fixed ensemble and who have a professional approach to improvisation.

Workshop-language: English

Dynamic Point of View

with Dan o'Connor (USA)

No matter if we are talking about a short scene or a full-length improvised play: If your character doesn’t know what they want, they are lacking the strongest force to drive them forward. Without clear intentions our characters become robotic/inauthentic/machine-like and the stories we tell are mere products of our brains… which will ultimately lead to less heart, soul and truth in our work.
And yet the question remains: If we only let our character’s intention guide the narration, can it be enough? Isn’t there a danger of sticking to our ideas too slavishly and let the story become flat and foreseeable? Intentions and objectives are fluid and bend and change for the sake of the story and our ultimate goal is to tell a great story.

For three days, Dan O’Connor will work with the TÖRN-Masterclass on combining your character’s point of view with emotion, so that we will endow each other and create a connection on stage. This can serve as a catalyst for new characters, strong relationships and surprising but truthful stories you haven’t told before.


Impro-Musician-Camp (IMC) during TÖRN Festival Hamburg

The Impro-Musician-Camp will happen for the sixth time. From 28th till 31st of March 2019 the IMC will take place as part of the TÖRN-festival in Hamburg. There will also be the opportunity for the audience to see the participants of the IMC live on the festival stage.

In 2015 Stephan Ziron, a Berlin based impro-musician, initiated the first Impro-Musician-Camp in Potsdam. Since then musicians, who work with improvisational actors, meet at changing places all around Germany annually. The goal of the IMC is to bring musicians together, from beginners to professionals and allow for an exchange at eye level.

How does an open conference work?

At an open conference the participants decide the content and the timetable for themselves. Different to a workshop everybody gets in the discussion with what he is able to and what he has to offer. At the beginning of the camp questions and topics the musicians come with will be introduced. Then hosts will be found, who moderate the topics. There are fixed time slots, the participants will work in. When the time is up, the topic will be changed, so that way it can be avoided, that sessions become lengthy and other topics have less time. Nevertheless: no questions is irrelevant and every question can be answered – even in the breaks or in the evening at the bar.

Beside discussions and exchange of experience the participants will host sessions. The topics are self-chosen by them. Here the musicians will train each other in different fields of the practise like harmony, vocal training, vocal exercises, music in improvised scenes and a lot more, all connected to improvisation and theatre.

The camp rules

IMC means communication. Share the date and your thoughts with others on social media, blogs, e-mail, racing pigeons…

Even if impro-singers have offered themselves as test subjects during the last years, the IMC is for musicians (who work with impro-groups) only. It is the safe place for topics and the needs of musicians within the circle of colleagues.

The sessions are as interesting as the participants will shape them. Take care of a lively discussion and participate actively in it. Passive participants paralyze the exchange.

There will be timeslots for the topics, so that as many as possible of the questions can be answered and discussions won’t go out of hand. The timetable ist set by the participants themselves. It emerges from the questions.

Every participant brings questions to the IMC and determines the process of the
camp. The musicians decide democratically, which questions and needs are very important. They will build a ranking. Every question will be taken as an offer.

We will have the possibility to have parallel sessions. When there are two groups,
we can split in two rooms. Follow your interest!

Even when your question isn’t so clear, you feel uncomfortable or alone with it,
bring it to the timetable. You would be astonished, which questions we have already solved, even when it was hard to find words for them.

Join in and be active! The IMC needs active participants to keep the exchange lively and interesting. It doesn’t matter, how much experience in impro-music you have.
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The exclusive Business Event at the Törn-festival by Steife Brise

Steife Brise is an expert in improvisation – on the theatre stage as well as in the coporate context.
Every one of our performances is a premiere. Now another premiere will take place:
On 29th of March 2019 in Hamburg, we want to share our joint business competence with you as part of our international improvisational festival. And you can be a part of it – exclusively!

turn around, change your perspective, get to know new people and methods

  • Immerse yourself for a day in current topics of human resources and organizational development together with 20 current and future favourite customers of Steife Brise.
  • Get to know new people, inspirations and topics that matter.
  • Network, exchange ideas and learn together at the barcamp in Steife Brise style.
  • Gain new insights into the world of corporate theatre with lots of fun.
  • Watch festival-shows together in the evening and immerse yourself in the colourful world of international improvisational theatre.

You are interested in the “TÖRN AROUND” and want to be a part of it?
Then simply get in touch with us at
We will be happy to send you further information on the program and registration.
Please notice that the “TÖRN AROUND” will be held in German.

Places for the event are limited to 20 participants.



The theatres where our shows will take place.

Workshop locations

The locations where our workshops will take place.


Steife Brise
Haubachstraße 80, 22765 Hamburg

Friedensalle 20, 22765 Hamburg


Schauspielschule Frese
Große Bergstraße 264, 22767 Hamburg


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