About The Festival

Hello and welcome to The 8th Annual New York Musical Improv Festival! The Magnet Theater is proud to be hosting The 8th Annual NYMIF from October 13 – 16, 2016.


We are thrilled to announce our lineup of festival participants who will be joining us from across the globe from NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Austin, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Kansas City, Schenectady and Paris, France!

The festival will culminate with a Benefit Performance for the Ali Forney Center on Sunday, October 16th at 7:30pm by Thank you for Coming Out, a musical improv group comprised of comedians and Broadway performers from the LGBTQ community.

Click here to view our full schedule!

Please check back here regularly for updates about the festival. We’re looking forward to another stellar year of celebrating and showcasing the art of musical improv!

See you at the theater!
The NYMIF Team



The NYMIF’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the community of improvisors, actors, singers, and musicians from around the world who gather in NYC once a year to meet, perform and show off the form of musical improv. Based on one audience suggestion, entire One-Night-Only musicals ranging from traditional musical theater fare (a-la Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber) to adrenaline-pumping rap battles, are composed and choreographed on the spot and never seen or heard from again!

The first NYMIF was created eight 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.

Past festivals have featured everything from an improvised rock concert to a fully costumed Dickensian musical, improvised hip-hop, college teams, duo and solo shows, improvised Sondheim and even the cast and band from Broadway’s “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.”