Improv Classes

ADULT IMPROV CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

PHIT has taught improv to over 1,000 people since its inception in 2005 and we want to teach you next. Improv isn’t just for actors – the skills you learn in an improv class can be translated to all aspects of your life. Whether you’re dead set on being the next star of SNL or just want to get out of your shell, our classes will fit your needs. Our teaching staff have decades of experience and all perform regularly at the theater, around Philadelphia, and across the country. But they’re also teachers, consultants, therapists, and actors who tailor class to the needs you have or what you desire to get out of your time at PHIT.

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Our core improv curriculum has four levels and will keep you entertained for 8 weeks at a time. It’s a great place to start. If you’ve got more experience and less time, our workshops meet for one afternoon and study specific improv principles. PLUS, when you sign up for class you’ll also get passes to come see shows at the theater for free!

All classes take place at the Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (inside The Adrienne Theatre arts complex).

 “OPEN HOUSE” WORKSHOP FOR POTENTIAL STUDENTS

Improv 001 – “Free Intro to Improv”: If you are considering a class with PHIT but not sure about committing to an eight-week session before having the chance to see what our instructors, classes, and students are like we encourage you to sign up to attend our one of our FREE Intro to Improv Workshops below. These two-hour sessions will give you a sense of who, what, where, and how in our approach to creating talented and funny improvisers/comedians/humans.

Date Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
8/3/2015  Monday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. David Donnella  None! REGISTER NOW FOR FREE!
8/5/2015  Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Caitlin Weigel  None! REGISTER NOW FOR FREE!

CORE CURRICULUM CLASSES

Improv 101 – “Intro to Improvised Scenework”: Students will learn the basic improv concept of “Yes, and..” and discover how a scene can be created through agreement. They will also learn important basic improv skills like: creating characters, establishing relationships, exploring scenes with objects and environment work. Students will then combine these skills to create fully improvised scenes with a partner.

Start Date Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
INTENSIVE
8/11 – 8/14
Tuesday – Friday 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m Caitlin Weigel None 6 SPOTS LEFT!- ENROLL NOW!
8/16/2015 Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m Brian Rumble None 6 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/16/2015 Sunday 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fred Brown None SOLD OUT!
8/17/2015 Monday 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m David Donnella None 8 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/17/2015 Monday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Joel Thomas None 3 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/18/2015 Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jessica Snow None ENROLL NOW!
8/19/2015 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Greg Maughan None KEEP LAUGHING- IMPROV 101 FOR SENIORS- ENROLL NOW!
8/19/2015 Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Corin Wells None 8 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/19/2015 Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m Alex Gross None 6 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/20/2015 Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mike Marbach None ENROLL NOW!
8/20/2015 Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m Kevin Pettit None 7 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/21/2015 Friday 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kristen Schier None ENROLL NOW!

Improv 102 – “Intro to Improv Practice Group”: Next to learning and watching, the best way to get better at improv is through practice. Designed as a supplement to a class (not a replacement), Improv 102 sessions line up with the PHIT Improv 101 curriculum – reinforcing the ideas taught in your class the previous week and exposing you to a variety of instructors from PHIT’s staff throughout each session. Each practice group includes warm-ups and scenework exercises that aim to strengthen and work the core improv concepts laid out in our Intro to Improvised Scenework class. Improv 102 is open to current Improv 101 students, as well as past graduates of Improv 101. PHIT’s Practice Groups are FREE to attend for students enrolled in the current session (just show your student card) and just $10 (cash only) at the door for anyone else who meets the prerequisites: no advance registration required.

Upcoming Improv 102 Practice Sessions (details subject to change): 

DAY DATE TIME INSTRUCTOR LOCATION
Saturday 6/13/2015 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 6/20/2015 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 6/27/2015 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 7/11/2015 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 7/18/2015 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 8/1/2015 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m TBA PHIT Basement

Improv 201 – “Intermediate Improv & Scenework Techniques”: In this class, students will work the skills they were previously introduced to with more targeted exercises the help them explore the concepts of character, relationship, and environment on stage more deeply. They will also learn how to recognize and build on patterns to advance their scenes. Students will begin to learn elements of structure for performance and create fully improvised scenes with more than two performers.

Start Date Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
8/16/2015 Sunday 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m Jessica Snow Improv 101 2 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/17/2015 Monday 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m Kristen Schier Improv 101 SOLD OUT!
8/20/2015 Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m Ralph Andracchio Improv 101 4 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!

Improv 202 – “Intermediate Improv Practice Group”: Extend your learning with PHIT’s Practice Group for intermediate improv students. Open only to current Improv 201 students or past Improv 201 graduates, these sessions ensure you end up with a much more productive experience that places you with fellow improvisers of equivalent level. Each practice group will include warm-ups and scenework exercises that aim to reinforce the concepts taught in the previous week’s Improv 201 class. The practice groups are FREE to current session students. If you are not currently enrolled in a class you can still come and play – just pay the $10 fee (cash only) to the instructor: no advance registration required. Please note that Improv 202 is intended as a supplement to a our Improv 201 class, and cannot be used as a replacement to advance through our curriculum.

DAY DATE TIME INSTRUCTOR LOCATION
Saturday 6/13/2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 6/20/2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 6/27/2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 7/11/2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 7/18/2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 8/1/2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Basement

Improv 301 – “Advanced Improvisation”: Improvisers will continue building on skills acquired in prior levels through use of new acting techniques and additional improv formats, with a heavy focus on individual attention from their instructor.

Start Date Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
8/16/2015 Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mike Marbach Improv 201 1 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/20/2015 Thursday 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Steve Kleinedler Improv 201 2 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
8/22/2015 Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m Kristen Schier Improv 201 SOLD OUT!

Improv 302 – “Improvised Scenework Practice Group”: For students of Improv 301 or higher and graduates of PHIT’s Training Center, Improv 302 serves a practice session with a scenework focus for advanced improvisers. These sessions ensure you end up with a much more productive experience that places you with fellow improvisers of equivalent level – starting with warm-ups and then focusing exclusively on helping you get more scenework with notes from PHIT’s . The practice group is FREE to students enrolled in the current session and just $10 cash at the door for anyone else who meets the prerequisites. No advance registration required. Please note that Improv 302 is intended as a supplement to our classes, and cannot be used as a replacement class for Improv 301 to advance through our curriculum.

Upcoming Improv 302 Practice Sessions (details subject to change): 

DAY DATE TIME INSTRUCTOR LOCATION
Saturday 6/13/2015 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TBA PHIT Stage
Saturday 6/27/2015 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Stage
Sunday 7/5/2015 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Basement
Saturday 7/18/2015 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. TBA PHIT Stage
Saturday 8/1/2015 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. TBA 2nd Floor Rehearsal Room

Improv 401 – “Introduction to The Harold”: Students will take their strong foundation in improvised scenework and learn to attach structure to their scenes for performance by learning “The Harold” – scenic improv’s most famous and widely taught structure. They will build on their understandings of patterns and also learn to perform in scenes with large groups.

Start Date Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
8/18/2015 Tuesday 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Nick Gillette Improv 301 SOLD OUT!
8/22/2015 Saturday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mike Marbach Improv 301 2 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!

IMPROV CONSERVATORY

Through a series of exercises focused on personal attention, practice with various improv forms and styles, discussion of what they do and do not enjoy seeing on stage, eight (8) students selected from the pool of applicants to this Improv Conservatory class will spend 8-weeks creating a unique style for a run of their own at PHIT. During four weeks of shows at The Philly Improv Theater students will receive further feedback from their director, have the chance to watch recordings of their performances to improve their stage skills, and adjust their show as a group throughout a run.

Start Date Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
Session 5  TBA  TBA  TBA Improv 401  TBA

 IMPROV WORKSHOPS AND ELECTIVES
Below is a complete list of upcoming workshops and electives being offered at PHIT. Click the registration links on the right for detailed information on each class- including a detailed description, location information, instructor bio and payment terms.

Workshop Title Dates Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status