Travel Information

What venue(s) will be a part of the festival?

The Historic Grove Theater is the host theater for the Secret City Improv Festival. Check out information about The Historic Grove Theater here.

What lodging options are available?

Our main host hotel is the Doubletree by Hilton Oak Ridge located at 215 S Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.  Our block of rooms will open up in September for booking. We are working on a secondary host hotel for the festival. Follow this link to Explore Oak Ridge for more information about local hotels.

What transportation options are available?

Uber and Lyft are readily available for performers. Cab services are also available. If a limo service is required then we would suggest using Jaco Limo or Chariots of Hire.

What dining options are available? has a much better list, but we do recommend a few places.

1. Magic Wok – Super small dive, but wonderful. The restaurant is legendary to those from Oak Ridge and I highly recommend it.
2. I Heart Sushi – Another delicious place to grab some of your favorite rolls.
3. Golden Oak – If you like Chinese food and lots of it then this is your place.
4. The Original Soup Kitchen – Unlike a famous Seinfeld episode…there is soup for you. Also, get a grilled cheese.
5. Dos Bros Mexican Grill – These wonderful folks make wonderful Mexican food.  Go get a burrito with all the good stuff.

What local events or attractions are available?

Check out for a good rundown of the things to do in the area. Here are a few suggestions.

1. American Museum of Science and Energy
2. The Friendship Bell
3. Museum of Appalachia
4. Brushy Moutain State Prison – don’t worry there are no inmates, but there is a brewery.
5. Norris Dam State Park

Festival Information

How much stage time will performers receive?

Each troupe will receive 20 Minutes on stage.  We also have our Slayden Cup Tournament, Dust Up Team, and our Last Hoorah Jam for performers to play together.

Can I bring a guest?

All performers will have a weekend pass and a weekend guest pass.  We will accommodate your troupe so feel free to ask our director.

Can we do musical improv?

We want to make this as easy of a show as we can.  We have a musical director who is a multitalented beast. We also welcome your troupe to use its music or tech (just let us know your needs).

What is the range of shows and styles the festival is seeking?

We want to see everything from Shortform, Longform, and Playback. We want to see what unique flair your troupe can bring to our stage.  We accept everyone for who they are, and our festival is a safe space for all people to come enjoy live theater and laugh together.

What is the local improv scene like?

The local improv scene is quite vibrant and has been active with many groups for over 25 years. We have teams in the local high schools, universities, and teams that perform regularly throughout the area.

What are the festival’s goals?

The SCIF Mission: To produce a world-class improv festival proudly held in Oak Ridge, TN 

The SCIF Vision: To foster creative, collaborative, and empowering events and experiences, bringing people everywhere together through improvisational theater, the world’s most intuitive way to learn, work, and play. Spread Good. Do Improv!

What unique improv experiences will performers gain?

For 2023 we will be hosting our Slayden Intensives for high school teams CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
We will also be offering 2 Masterclasses and 2 Workshops.
We have our Slayden Cup Tournament, Dust Up Team, and Last Hoorah Jam.
We also offer after-show mixers, and a closing brunch on Sunday, October 8.