In many ways, Austin should be a model for younger improv towns. Their many theatre groups have different styles and philosophies including Johnstonian narrative, shortform, and influences from iO and UCB. Despite the different styles, Austin groups celebrate their different approaches and work to promote all flavors of improv to both their students and audience members. What results is both more well rounded and informed performers and a general public with a richer awareness and vocabulary for quality improv in their town. No one tries to pigeonhole improv into their own definition.
Jeremy Sweeetlamb and the many other dedicated people in Austin made this a great large scale festival to help improv grow everywhere. It was an honor to be involved.