Training Center FAQ

So you have some burning questions about PHIT classes? Well you’ve come to the right place! Hopefully these FAQ answer all of your questions. If they don’t – or if you demand human interaction before you commit to class feel free to contact PHIT with your unanswered concerns at classes@phillyimprovtheater.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – CLASSES

How big are classes?
Our goal is always to have a large enough group to let people mix around and interact with several different classmates, but we also want to keep classes small enough that we can give you the personal attention you deserve. To balance both these goals PHIT doesn’t run a class with less than 8 people or more than 14. Most classes sell out. Classes for intensives, electives and workshops will vary.

Where do classes meet?
All PHIT Training Center classes meet in the Adrienne Theatre arts complex at 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. PHIT’s stage and offices are in the building as well, so it’s your one stop shop for all your comedy needs!

How much do classes cost?
Our 8-week classes in our core curriculum cost $299. Workshops are between $35-100 depending on the instructor and how long the class is. Early registration discounts are offered on some classes if you register one week in advance of the start of class.

How can I pay for class?
When you register for class on the website you’ll be able to pay with a PayPal account, a major credit card, or an eCheck. You can do this without creating a PayPal account. We use PayPal as our payment system, but if you read the whole page you’ll see a place where you can click to “pay with a credit card”. We ONLY accept online payments at this time, you CANNOT come into the office and pay for a class with cash or a check. (Sorry)!

Do you offer payment plans?
Payment plans for core curriculum classes are offered for a limited time- usually up to two weeks before the start of class. This option is available in the drop-down menu of the payment section. The payment plan breaks up the full registration cost into two payments. You will submit a non-refundable deposit for the stated amount and then have until a particular date to make your second payment. Failure to make a timely second half payment could result in the forfeit of your deposit and your spot in class.

Can I sit in on a class before signing up to see what it’s like?
We do not allow students to audit classes. However, we frequently offer FREE Intro to to Improv and Free Intro to Sketch Writing Workshops where potential students can get a good sampling of a typical 101 class. These FREE workshops are listed at the top of the Training Center’s ENROLL NOW listing of upcoming classes and workshops.

On the website is says that there are X number of spots left in a class, but when I go to register the site tells me the class is sold out. Is my computer broken?
The website does not update in real time, but rather is done by hand when registrations are processed. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope another class will work for your schedule. If not, just make sure you register early for the next session to be sure you can get into the class you want!

What’s the class refund policy?
After you register for a class and we have received your payment there are NO REFUNDS. This is the case regardless of whether or not you have attended the classes. Please consider your calendar, and ask any questions you have about the class before you register. Feel free to email the Class Registrar at classes@phillyimprovtheater.com with any questions.

Is it possible to transfer from one class to another?
This is handled on a case by case basis pending enrollment in other classes. In all cases, however, a transfer request must be made at least 10 days prior to the start of a class. Transfer requests made within ten days and after the class has started will not be honored.

What if I have to miss a class? Are there makeups?
Make-up classes are possible for Improv levels 101-301 and Sketch Writing 101 classes during weeks two through seven of class. The make-up class must be requested four hours prior to the start of the class to be missed. Requests within four hours will not be honored. The make-up class must take place in the same week of the class you are missing. For example, if your class meets on Sunday then your last make-up option would be the following Saturday. Each student is limited to two make-up classes per level. Each class is limited to two make-up students. Make-up classes are not guaranteed and do not erase an absence.

To request a make-up first visit the current students page to view your possible make-up options. Then email classes@phillyimprovtheater.com with the Class/Instructor/Date you will be missing and the Class/Instructor/Date of your desired make-up. You will receive a confirmation email if your request can be accommodated.

I have previous experience. Can I skip levels?
If your previous improv or sketch experience is at a reputable comedy theater (such as Second City, iO, UCB, Magnet Theater, ImprovBoston, DSI Comedy Theatre, etc.) then you might be able to skip to 201 if it hasn’t been more than two years since your last class. If you have experience and would like to be considered to skip to a 201 class you must first email the class registrar at classes@phillyimprovtheater.com. Be sure to include the the details of your previous classes so that we can look into it and make a fair decision.

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a class at PHIT. Can I just pick up where I left off?
At PHIT, we allow a two year break in between classes. This is because we update our curriculum yearly and picking up where you left off could mean starting off behind the rest of the class. If you are unsure where you should start please email classes@phillyimprovtheater.com.

What’s the PHIT’s policy on snow days or other weather related class cancellations?
Sometimes our winter classes have to be cancelled when we get a heavy snowfall – in most cases an additional class is added on the same day of the week and time as the class normally meets. This pushes the end of class back one week and, in most cases, the class show. This policy is the same for other cancellations as well (hurricanes, plagues of locusts, city shut down to do a Papal visit, etc.).

General rule of thumb is if Septa is running then classes are on. Since many students travel from areas that could be impacted more than Philly, please consider your safety when traveling to and from the theater. Remember that you are allowed two absences and two make-up options in addition to attending improv practice groups.

In the event a class is being canceled due to weather or any other disturbance you will receive an email with as much notice as possible (check your spam folders and be sure to subscribe to the PHIT newsletter). We also post notice of weather related class cancellations on the front page of our website, the Current Students page of the PHIT website, and our social media accounts. You can follow us on just about everything @PHITComedy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – IMPROV PRACTICE GROUPS

What are improv practice groups?
Next to learning and watching, the best way to get better at improv is through practice! Improv X02 sessions line up with the PHIT Improv curriculum – reinforcing the ideas taught in your class the previous week.These sessions ensure you end up with a much more productive experience that places you with fellow improvisers of equivalent level. In short- we’re talkin’ about practice!

When do the improv practice groups take place?
During each eight-week session, the practice group will meet on the same day and time each week. When a new session begins, there could be a new group time. Keep an eye on the PHIT Training center group, your email or ask your instructor for the days/times for the current session.

What can I expect in an improv practice group?
Each practice group includes warm-ups and scenework exercises that reinforce and strengthen the improv concepts laid out in your previous week of class. They run one week behind, so everyone attending will have the same skill set.

Who can attend the improv practice groups?
Each practice group is open to current students of that level or above as well as graduates of that practice group’s corresponding improv level. For example, if you are currently in, or have graduated from, PHIT Improv 101 you can attend the Improv 102 practice group. If you are currently in, or a graduated of, Improv 201 you can attend the Improv 202 practice group and/or the Improv 102 practice group. This makes it so you meet students from other classes and experience levels.

Who instructs the improv practice groups?
The instructors vary from week to week and level to level. This exposes you to a wider variety of instructors through the course of one session. Who knows, maybe someone’s style will click with you and you’ll know who you want to take in an upcoming class!

What does it cost to attend an improv practice group?
The improv practice groups are free for students of the current session. If you are not a current student then the cost to attend is $10 which is collected by the instructor at the start of class. The instructor will have a class roster, so please be sure to have your ID on you if you are asked.

Can the improv practice group be counted as a make-up for my improv class?Unfortunately, no. The practice groups are designed as a supplement to class, not a replacement. If you miss a class and do not make it up in another class it will still count as an absence. However, it’s even more beneficial to you to attend the practice group if you miss class.