Improv Classes

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.

Below is a list of all our classes, electives, intensives and workshops currently enrolling with their start dates, instructors and pre-requisites. All core classes and electives entitle you to the following awesome perks!

  • A Student Pass that gets you into all shows at PHIT for FREE!
  • Access to improv practice groups that double your improv training time for FREE!
  • A graduation show you can invite friends, family and even strangers to see!
  • Opportunities to perform as soon as your first week in class!
  • Access to exclusive PHIT workshops and electives.
  • Lots and lots of new friends! (Individual results may vary).

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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).

FREE INTRO WORKSHOPS 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.

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR DAY DATE TIME PREREQUISITE REGISTRATION STATUS
Free Intro to Improv Bobby Lang Sunday 2/21/2016 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  None! REGISTER NOW FOR FREE!
Free Intro to Improv Tara Demmy Monday 2/22/2016 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  None! REGISTER NOW FOR FREE!

IMPROV INTENSIVES

PHIT Improv intensives give you the benefit of going through an entire PHIT level in a very short amount of time. A class that would normally meet once a week for eight weeks is condensed into meeting just a few days in one week! We also occasionally offer a full program intensive where you complete Improv levels 101 – 401 in just one month! Each intensive includes a pass for free admission to PHIT shows and access to improv practice groups, and a class graduation show.

CLASS INSTRUCTOR DAY DATE TIME PREREQUISITE REGISTRATION STATUS
Improv 101 Intensive Bobby Lang Tuesday – Friday 5/17/2016 – 5/20/2016 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. None! ENROLL NOW!
Improv 101 Intensive TBA Tuesday – Friday 7/12/2016 – 7/15/2016 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. None! ENROLLING SOON!
Improv 201 Intensive TBA Monday – Friday 7/19/2016 – 7/22/2016 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. None! ENROLLING SOON!
Improv 101 – 401 Intensive TBA Monday – Friday 7/19/2016 – 8/12/2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. None! ENROLLING SOON!
Improv 101 Intensive TBA Monday – Friday 8/9/2016 – 8/12/2016 12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. None! ENROLLING SOON!

EIGHT WEEK 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.

CLASS INSTRUCTOR DAY DATES TIME PREREQUISITE REGISTRATION STATUS
Improv 101 Kevin Pettit Sundays 3/13/2016 – 5/1/2016 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. None 5 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv 101 Joel Thomas Sundays 3/13/2016 – 5/1/2016 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. None 9 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv for Actors Tara Demmy Mondays 3/14/2016 – 5/2/2016 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. None 2 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv 101 Tara Demmy Mondays 3/14/2016 – 5/2/2016 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. None 9 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Weekday Improv 101 David Donnella Tuesdays 3/15/2016 – 5/3/2016 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. None ENROLL NOW!
Improv 101 Bobby Lang Tuesdays 3/15/2016 – 5/3/2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m None ENROLL NOW!
Weekday Improv 101 Greg Maughan Wednesdays 3/16/2016 – 5/4/2016 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. None ENROLLING SOON!
Improv 101 Meredith Weir Wednesdays 3/16/2016 – 5/4/2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. None 4 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Weekday Improv 101 Bobby Lang Thursdays 3/17/2016 – 5/5/2016 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. None ENROLL NOW!
Improv 101 Brian Rumble Thursdays 3/17/2016 – 5/5/2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. None ENROLL NOW!
Weekday Improv 101 Corin Wells Fridays 3/18/2016 – 5/6/2016 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. None ENROLL NOW!
Improv 101 Fred Brown Saturdays 3/19/2016 – 5/7/2016 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. None 5 SPOTS LEFT – 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. See Current Student page for upcoming 102 practice groups.

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.

CLASS INSTRUCTOR DAY DATES TIME PREREQUISITE REGISTRATION STATUS
Improv 201 David Donnella Sundays 3/13/2016 – 5/1/2016 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Improv 101 10 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv 201 Greg Maughan Mondays 3/14/2016 – 5/2/2016 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Improv 101 9 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv 201 Caitlin Weigel Wednesdays 3/16/2016 – 5/4/2016 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m Improv 101 8 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv 201 Kristen Schier Saturdays 3/19/2016 – 5/7/2016 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Improv 101 6 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. See Current Student page for upcoming 202 practice groups.

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.

CLASS INSTRUCTOR DAY DATES TIME PREREQUISITE REGISTRATION STATUS
Improv 301 Steve Kleinedler Sundays 3/13/2016 – 5/1/2016 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Improv 201 8 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv 301 Ralph Andracchio Thursdays 3/17/2016 – 5/5/2016 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Improv 201 9 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv 301 Jessica Snow Fridays 3/18/2016 – 5/6/2016 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Improv 201 9 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!
Improv 301 Mike Marbach Saturdays 3/19/2016 – 5/7/2016 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Improv 201 9 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!

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. See Current Student page for upcoming 302 practice groups.

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.

CLASS INSTRUCTOR DAY DATES TIME PREREQUISITE REGISTRATION STATUS
Improv 401 Nick Gillette Tuesdays 3/15/2016 – 5/3/2016 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Improv 301 SOLD OUT!
Improv 401 Jessica Snow Saturdays 3/19/2016 – 5/7/2016 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Improv 301 9 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!

PHIT IMPROV CONSERVATORY PROGRAM

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
May 2016 TBA TBA Steve Kleinedler Improv 401 ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS SOON!

IMPROV ELECTIVES

Below is a complete list of upcoming 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.

Class Title Dates Day Time Instructor Pre-Requisites Registration Status
Improvised Scene Study 2/17/16 – 3/9/16 Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Steve Kleinedler Improv 301 SOLD OUT!
Musical Improv 101 3/22/16 – 5/10/16 Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Jerome Kurtenbach & TBA Improv 201 ENROLL NOW!
Duos Elective 4/2/2016 – 5/7/2016 Saturdays 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kristen Schier Improv 401 6 SPOTS LEFT- ENROLL NOW!

ONE DAY IMPROV WORKSHOPS

Below is a complete list of upcoming workshops 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.

CLASS TITLE INSTRUCTOR DAY DATE TIME PREREQUISITE ENROLLMENT STATUS
Silence & Sincerity  Michael Spara Saturday 2/27/2016 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Improv 201 SOLD OUT!