Black Friday Marathon of Savings! Intro Classes only $199 Through December 1st, 2014!

PHIT StudentIt’s Thanksgiving week and we at PHIT have a lot to be thankful for. We have a great staff, the best performers, and you- our amazing audience. Without you none of what we do would be possible. To show our gratitude we are having an intro class sale! From Monday, November 24th, 2014 through Monday, December 1st, 2014 ALL IMPROV 101 AND SKETCH 101 CLASSES ARE ONLY $199! A week-long sale on intro classes that saves you $100 off the full enrollment cost! See, that is a marathon of savings. Even though you’re paying $100 less you still get all the same perks: A pass that gets you into all PHIT shows for FREE, access to improv practice groups that double your training time at no additional cost, the chance to perform in a show as soon as your first week of class, and of course lots of new friends! These classes will begin the first week of January 2015, so what better way to kick off the new year than having fun and meeting new people. Make a new year’s resolution to get PHIT!

This sale also ties into our Black Friday Comedy Marathon this weekend! Starting Friday, November 28th at 10:00 am and ending Saturday, November 29th at midnight, you’ll be able to see nearly 40 continuous hours of improv, sketch, stand-up and more. We’re also encouraging you to support local businesses this holiday weekend. If you bring in a receipt from a local business dated 11/24/14 through 11/30/14 you’ll get in for FREE!

On behalf of everyone at PHIT we wish you have a very happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you in the theater and classroom soon!

-Mike Marbach
Education Director

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#BFCM2014 Starts This Friday!

Hanging out with your family for Thanksgiving? Waking up early with your family on BFCM_LOGOFriday to take advantage of all those holiday deals? Wish you could take a break from shopping (and your family) and see some comedy? Head over to Philly Improv Theater and catch the Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2014! Starting Friday Nov 28th at 10AM and going continuously through until Saturday Nov 29th at midnight see some of the best comedians in the city performing in improv, sketch, stand up, and variety shows all day and all night.

100+ acts. Hundreds of performers. 38 continuous hours of comedy. Hosted by local faves Hey, We’re Cool. Just $10 for a marathon pass. And if you shop at a local business this week your admission is FREE!

Check out the BFCM website or our FB page to read up on the acts, the hosts, and to grab advance tickets! And use the #BFCM2014 hashtag to join the conversation on Twitter!

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Announcing: PHIT Kids & Teens

rachelsemigransmallPhilly Improv Theater is excited to announce a brand-new education program for elementary, middle, and high school students — PHIT Kids & Teens. Registration is now open for our 10-week courses launching on Saturday, February 28, 2015 with a free Open House on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Philly Improv Theater is committed to growing the next generation of great comedic performers. Our stage and classroom is open to all, from the smallest of aspiring comedians to high schoolers hoping to prepare for our adult classes and beyond. Our Kids & Teens classes create a safe and inclusive space for young people to develop their innate curiosity, creativity and ability to work to with others.

Our grade schoolers begin with improvised play through fun theatre games and storytelling activities. Moving on through middle school, students extend their improv skills by learning short-form improvised games for performance. In our high school program, young improvisers learn advanced skills and concepts from our adult classes, adapted for teens.

PHIT company member Rachel Semigran, who serves as the PHIT Kids & Teens Coordinator, has worked for 18 months with the program’s faculty to develop this opportunity for youth in Philly (and beyond) to benefit from the same nationally recognized training and opportunities that our adult students every 52 weeks a year at the theater. Prior to beginning as PHIT Kids & Teens Coordinator Rachel earned a masters degree in Applied Theatre focusing on drama in the community and drama education from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She has worked internationally with Old Vic New Voices at the Old Vic Theatre, The British Museum, The BRIT School, and in the City of Philadelphia with the School District of Philadelphia.

Working alongside Rachel to create our amazing curriculums have been our wonderful Kids & Teens faculty:

Grades K-1: Danielle Klaiman, Lead Teacher and Erin Pitts, Teacher’s Assistant
Grades 2-3: Adam Siry, Lead Teacher and Samantha Abrams, Teacher’s Assistant
Grades 4-5: Sue Jahani, Lead Teacher and Joe Tuzzi, Teacher’s Assistant
Grades 6-8: Tara Demmy, Lead Teacher
Grades 9-12: Rachel Semigran, Lead Teacher

“I can’t wait to see these classes get started – as a former classroom teacher I have always hoped PHIT would one day be in a position to start classes for youth and Rachel has finally made that a reality,” said Greg Maughan, PHIT’s Executive Director. “The work we’ve been doing for more than a year is top notch, and the collection of instructors we have assembled should be the envy of any children’s theater program in the city. I can’t wait to start and I can’t wait to see where else PHIT Kids & Teens will go as we expand in the future.”

 Click here to register today!

 

 

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Welcome our November 2014 Launch Pad Team: Witch Academy!

PHIT’s Launch Pad program has gotten some great press and a huge amount of attention WAGroupPhoto1since it’s premiere in September. Audiences and performers alike are becoming big fans of the program and the amazing teams we’ve accepted! As another fantastic addition to the list, please welcome November’s Launch Pad Team – Witch Academy! This team is a Temple University based group, with some talented new performers and a couple PHIT House Team members. The theater has chosen PHIT company member Dave Sucharski (PHIT House Team Trash Island, Detention) as their Launch Pad coach to help them achieve their goals. You can follow Launch Pad on our Facebook page, and check out Witch Academy on their Facebook page.

Look for the team to have their run of shows Wednesdays in November!

Wednesday, November 05 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, November 12 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, November 19 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, November 26 – 7:30PM

Learn more about our Launch Pad program and apply by clicking here!

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Updates from the Training Center – Session One Classes for 2015 Now Online!

MikeMarbachSmallHello Students!

It’s hard to believe I’m saying this already, but classes for the first session of 2015 are now online and ready to enroll! Every current core class from Improv 101 – 401 and Sketch 101 – 201 is on the menu. In addition to these great core classes we will be announcing new classes as the year draws to an end that include more workshops and electives that both compliment and supplement our training program. This includes more classes in musical improv, acting, and even more areas to help make you the most well rounded performer you can be. Stay tuned for more information on all of those!

Even though we are talking about 2015, let me also say there is lots of life still left in 2014! Rounding out the year are a couple great workshops from out of town guests like “Yes And For Experts” with Elana Fishbein and “Welcome to the Writers Room” with Christine Nangle. Through a new program at PHIT we’re also offering more workshops from our awesome local instructors and performers. The idea here is to expose our students and performers to the many different strengths and philosophies the Philly comedy community has. The first being offered is the now SOLD OUT Grotesque Characters Workshop with Tara Demmy. We’ll also be offering a new Free Intro to Sketch Writing class which will be taught by Flat Earth’s Matthew Schmid! The first of these will be offered before the end of the year and we’ll be scheduling them on a regular basis thereafter.

DavidDonnellaSmallIn other Training Center news I’d like to officially welcome our new Class Registrar – David Donnella! You probably know David from PHIT House Team The Future and his several Dynamite Series Shows including Study Hall, Page One and Dirty Laundry. In addition to being a really talented performer, he’s also one of the friendliest people you’ll meet and has enough energy to power the world in the event of a global power outage, which may or may not be caused by a sun storm. David will be your go-to guy for all class questions and can be reached at classes@phillyimprovtheater.com. Welcome, David!

This year has been an amazing year for PHIT. It was our first full year for the training center’s sessions system and just like our crowds, our enrollment grew session over session. People recognize PHIT as a place to have fun, make friends, and learn to make other laughs – all on their way to becoming the future stars of our stage. Our Training Center is recognized across the country as consistently turning out amazing performers and that’s at least in part because we have amazing students. So on behalf of everyone at the Training Center – THANK YOU!

See you around the theater,

Mike Marbach

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Your New PHIT House Teams!

Last weekend PHIT had the pleasure of seeing almost 100 auditioners as we held initial auditions and callbacks for not one, not two, but THREE new house teams which will premiere in January 2015. The level of talent was amazing. This was by far our most challenging set of casting decisions and a number of incredible performers didn’t quite fit into the teams that our directors assembled – but we look forward to seeing everyone who came to auditions continue to grow as performers and contribute to the comedy scene in Philadelphia with indie teams (perhaps they’ll even apply to Launch Pad). But enough preamble, here are your new improv house teams…

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(Directed by Adam Siry)
Kathryn Amrhein
Ryan Birchmeier
Gab Bottoni
Scott Campbell
Sarah Clemency
Alex Coffey
Casey Hogan
Shawna Stoltzfoos
Joe Tuzzi

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(Directed by Nick Gillette)
Quinton Alexander
Mike Butler
Andrew Coppola
Remi Dhillon
Alyssa Jackson
Melinda Messina
Sue Nelson
Becca Trabin
Pim van Huijkelom

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(Directed by Meredith Weir)
Robyn Cartlidge
Jolie Darrow
Leah Donnella
Nicole Labrecque
Sheila Master
Jake Mattera
Jon Plester
Brian Rumble
Sean Sullivan

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Meet the New Directors for Our Fall 2014 House Teams – Part 3

This fall PHIT will be casting some of the best comedic talent in the city to become a part of three new improv house teams joining our already stellar line up of ensembles. To helm these new teams, PHIT’s Artistic Team approached three talented company members. This week we will officially introduce them and get to know their feelings about being PHIT’s newest house team directors.

Meet our final new house team director: Nick Gillette!

Nick has taught and performed with PHIT since 2008, as part of house teamsNickGilletteSmall Everything Must Go and Mayor Karen. He directed the critically acclaimed Myths & Monsters with PHIT as part of the 2012 Philly Fringe Festival, as well as retired PHIT house team Davenger. Currently Nick performs improv regularly as part of The Dean’s List, and in the Dynamite Series show The Wadsworth Constant with PHIT Improv Producer Kristen Schier.

Nick is a graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a 2013-14 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks resident artist, and the 2014 resident artist of the Philadelphia School for Circus Arts.

We asked Nick to share his thoughts about being a director and what he will be looking for in his new team:

I’m psyched to have been selected to cast and direct a new team. Auditions are a scrum, so I’ll be looking out for improvisors who can both make strong choices for themselves, but more importantly can deftly use whatever their partner gives them. Style-wise, I’ve got a clear sense already of some areas of focus where I’d like to begin, but I’m more excited yet to see where the individuals of the cast determine we’ll all end up.

Audition will be held on Saturday October 18th from 10AM to 4PM and are quickly filling up! If you are interested in auditioning, click here to read the requirements and reserve your spot today!

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Announcing the Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2014!

GregMaughan_smallPhilly Improv Theater is very excited to announce our plans for the longest comedy marathon in Philadelphia history next month as part of the City Spotlight series in Comedy Month. The Black Friday Comedy Marathon will start at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 28th (just as those door-buster sales at the big box stores are ending) and continue without interruption until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 29th. The entire 36-hours will be hosted by indie comedy darlings Hey, We’re Cool! and will feature improv, sketch, stand-up, storytelling, and variety comedy acts from across the vibrant Philly comedy community and around the country. Acts can submit now by visiting the marathon website at http://www.blackfridaycomedymarathon.com. There is no cost to acts or individual performers to submit or participate.

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We’re also proud to announce that PHIT will work with Center City small businesses as part of the marathon to offer free admission to audience members who shop at a partner business beginning the Monday of Thanksgiving week (11/24) through Small Business Saturday (11/29). Small businesses should also visit BFCM 2014 Website for information on how to become part of this effort by PHIT to support efforts to buy local during the busy holiday shopping season. Once again, there is no cost to local small businesses to participate in the free admission promotion.

Now go circle those dates on your calendar and start letting us know you want to be involved!

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Meet the New Directors for Our Fall 2014 House Teams – Part 2

This fall PHIT will be casting some of the best comedic talent in the city to become a part of three new improv house teams joining our already stellar line up of ensembles. To helm these new teams, PHIT’s Artistic Team approached three talented company members. This week we will officially introduce them and get to know their feelings about being PHIT’s newest house team directors.

Today we are proud to introduce our second new house team director: Adam Siry!

Adam is a member of PHIT house teams The Flat Earth and Outside Voices, as well as independent team Kid Twist and the family-friendly show StoryUP!. He was a cast member of memorable special projects Dark Comedy, Myths and Monsters, and The Bat, and also directed the 2013 FRINGE project Reasonable Doubt with fellow PHIT company member Meredith Weir.

We asked Adam his thoughts about being tapped for a directing position:

I was very excited, and vaguely terrified, to be asked to direct one of the new teams. When I was a kid I dreamed of leading a team of sardonic robots as we explored deep space and defeated our enemies, and this is truly the next best thing. I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of talented people over the last four years who have helped me look good on stage, and I hope I can do half as much to help my new team.

Audition will be held on Saturday October 18th from 10AM to 4PM and are quickly filling up! If you are interested in auditioning, click here to read the requirements and reserve your spot today!

Keep an eye out for our final director post this Friday!

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Meet the New Directors for Our Fall 2014 House Teams – Part 1

This fall PHIT will be casting some of the best comedic talent in the city to become a part of three new improv house teams joining our already stellar line up of ensembles. To helm these new teams, PHIT’s Artistic Team approached three talented company members. This week we will officially introduce them and get to know their feelings about being PHIT’s newest house team directors.

Today we are proud to introduce our first new house team director: Meredith Weir!MeredithWeirSmall

Meredith is a member of PHIT house team Big Baby, Sunday night favorite The SHAM (soon to be DETENTION), and is PHIT’s Volunteer Coordinator. She is also a member of some notable independent teams like Chaperone, Kid Twist, and Gaper Delay. Meredith also directed the 2013 FRINGE project Reasonable Doubt with fellow PHIT company member Adam Siry.

We asked Meredith her thoughts about being tapped for a directing position:

I was honored to be asked  to direct one of the new house teams. There is so much comedic talent all over this city,  I can’t wait for the audition process.  It will be very difficult to choose a team, but I know at the end of the day, I get to start a new improv family and that’s really exciting!

Audition will be held on Saturday October 18th from 10AM to 4PM and are quickly filling up! If you are interested in auditioning, click here to read the requirements and reserve your spot today!

Keep an eye out for our next two directors posts this week!

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STAY DEAD!: An Improvised Horror Comedy is coming to PHIT for Halloween!

STAY DEAD!: An Improvised Horror Comedy is the latest in a four-year tradition 4x6StayDeadPostCardof frightfully good Halloween shows from PHIT. Following the success of retired PHIT House Team Asteroid! and their hit B-Movie, director Mike Marbach and a brand new talented cast of comedic performers will use horror film tropes to craft a one of a kind creepy horror movie made up on the spot!

It’s good to be involved in a Halloween project again. After directing Asteroid!’s improvised horror show (B-Movie) for 3 years and having so much fun with such a successful project, I jumped at the chance to direct this new show. The cast is a great mix of talent from the improv community and has put a lot of time and effort into making this a show not to be missed this October.
-Mike Marbach, Director

Brendan Kingston, member of PHIT House Team Sabotage, pitched the idea for the show and is looking forward to a successful run.

I love horror movies, the crazier the better. There’s something about horror that’s both terrifying and absurd, so you can scream or laugh, or ideally both. I also love the improv form The Movie–getting to put together an entire improvised movie with my indie team Demonikus Rex this summer was one of the most fun performances I’ve ever been a part of. Since June I’ve been talking about putting together a horror movie themed improv show for Halloween. I was thrilled Mike Marbach was interested in directing the show, and in helping put together an excellent varied cast. I’m really excited to take the diabolical energy of some of these classic horror movies and bring it to the PHIT stage.
– Brendan Kingston

Be sure to check out STAY DEAD! during its Halloween run at PHIT!
Click a date for tickets.
Friday, October 24 – 11:59PM
Saturday, October 25 – 11:59PM
Thursday, October 30 – 7:30PM
Friday, October 31 – 7:30PM
Friday, October 31 – 11:59PM
Saturday, November 1 – 11:59PM

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Welcome our October Launch Pad Team: Office Hours!

PHIT’s Launch Pad program started off with a bang in September office hours - 180x180with inaugural team Bad Kitten, and now continues into October with Office Hours! This team is filled with a great mix of talented performers, including a couple PHIT house team members and Dynamite Series regulars. The theater has chosen PHIT company member and Volunteer Coordinator Meredith Weir (PHIT House Team Big Baby, Detention, Chaperone) as their Launch Pad coach to help them achieve their goals. You can follow Launch Pad on our Facebook page, and check out Office Hours on their Facebook page.

Look for the team to have their run of shows Wednesdays in October!

Wednesday, October 01 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, October 08 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, October 15 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, October 22 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, October 29 – 7:30PM

Learn more about our Launch Pad program and apply by clicking here!

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Save the Date: PHIT Improv House Team Auditions Saturday October 18, 2014!

Philly Improv Theater continues the search for the city’s best and brightest comedic RalphSmallperformers for our newest improv house teams! PHIT House Teams are professional ensembles cast and managed by the theater that reflect our over-arching vision and stand as a showcase for students in our exemplary comedy training center. These teams are also provided with a talented, knowledgeable director, given regular rehearsal and stage times (as well as many other benefits) at no cost.

First round auditions will take place on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 between 10am – 4:30pm. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, October 19th from 11am – 2pm. Please hold both of these dates if you are interested in being cast!

Auditions will be held at Philly Improv Theater @ The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Auditioners must have completed or currently be taking Improv 301 at PHIT by the date of their audition. Those auditioning who have completed PHIT Improv Level 301 longer than a calendar year ago will be considered on an individual basis.

You must be available for the audition times to be considered. No other audition times are available.

 ON THE DAY OF THE AUDITION:
Auditioners will be seen every 30 minutes in groups of 6-10. Auditioners do not need to prepare anything in advance. The audition will be entirely improvised. You will be asked to participate in a few short group exercises and will then perform two short scenes.

Auditioners should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Resumes are not required but will gladly be accepted. Please bring a professional head shot with you. If you don’t have head shots, a recent high quality photo will suffice.

PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST FIFTEEN (15) MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED AUDITION TIME. There will be a short questionnaire for you to complete prior to your scheduled audition time.

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION:
Sign-ups begin immediately. To secure an audition time please email your name, phone number, prior class experience and instructors, along with any preferred time (if available) to:
contact@phillyimprovtheater.com

You will receive a confirmation message within two (2) business days – for example, if you contact us on Monday you’ll hear from us by Wednesday, or if you contact us on Friday, you’ll hear from us by the following Tuesday). We will accept sign-ups until no audition times remain. All specific audition times are first-come-first-served.

There are no alternate times. If you are not available for these audition dates and times, please do not email or call to ask for an exception – you simply will not be able to audition. If you are interested in auditioning, you must sign-up for one of our announced time slots.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Send us an email (get our email address from the contact page of the site or the paragraphs above)

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PHIT Welcomes Matt& as a Local Exclusive to the Dynamite Series

The Dynamite Series @ PHIT has slowly become THE place in Philadelphia to see long-run, innovative, boundary-pushing comedy projects. From shows that connect comedy with local playwrights and college professors, to mixes of absurdist theater and improv, to shows that boast multi-generational casts, these projects showcase amazing talent in amazing shows. The newest addition to the Series is no exception.

Philly Improv Theater is proud to welcome Matt Holmes and his nationally renown mattholmesheadshotshow Matt& to our stage as part of the Dynamite Series. Matt& showcases Matt’s comedic brilliance as he welcomes a random audience member who has never performed improv before on stage with him to put on a fully improvised show. These shows are a favorite for audiences and performers alike, and are guaranteed to be an impressive addition to an already stellar line up.

Ralph Andracchio, PHIT’s Artistic Director and curator of the Dynamite Series is excited about Matt&’s inclusion. “With the addition of Matt&, the Dynamite Series continues its reputation of bringing boundary-pushing, innovative comedy shows to Philly. I’m looking forward to working with Matt to give his show a home where he can explore and grow on a professional stage.”

Matt is also excited about this new chapter. “It’s great to have this partnership with PHIT for these shows in September and the first Thursday of each month. The audiences at their new space have been wonderfully enthusiastic, and I can’t wait to play with them.
I’ve taken Matt& on tour around the country for the past five years, but I’m really excited about doing a Philly show every month.
I think people will really have a blast seeing somebody they brought to the show on stage.”

Matt& will debut as a part of the Dynamite Series with a run of shows September 11, 12, 18, and 19. All shows are at 7:30pm. The show will settle into a permanent slot Thursdays at 7:30pm in October. Tickets are available online.

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PHIT Welcomes Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2014: Real Feelings

Philly Improv Theater is excited to welcome back international sketch comedy powerhouseCambridgeFootlights2014 Cambridge Footlights as they stop in Philly on their 2014 international tour “Real Feelings”. The Footlights have visited PHIT many times in the past, most recently for the 2013 FRINGE Festival with their show “Canada”.

Cambridge Footlights is the most renowned student comedy group in the United Kingdom and have launched the careers of a long list of internationally-renowned comedic talents, producing household names like John Cleese (Monty Python), Hugh Laurie (House) and Emma Thompson (Love Actually) while continuing to nurture exciting new performers like Mitchell and Webb (Peep Show) and Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat).

Advance tickets available.

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The SHAM is Heading to DETENTION!

For Philly Improv Theater students and fans alike, The SHAM has been a popular part of MeredithWeirSmallour SUPER FREE SUNDAY line-up along with our student-friendly show The Dean’s List. The PHIT company members, directors, and instructors that make up the cast have been putting out some amazing work – but much like Doctor Who, The SHAM has reached the point in its life where it needs to regenerate into something new and wonderful. This Sunday August 31st, The SHAM will have their last show before the cast disappears during September to practice for their new incarnation: The Sunday Night Slackers. Their new show, debuting on October 5th will be DETENTION! and will continue to follow The Dean’s List. They’ll focus on The Slacker, a fast paced, tag-out heavy form that will be super fun to watch with a rotating cast of 6-8 players:

Becca Trabin
Brian Rumble
Dave Sucharski
Erin Pitts
Fred Brown
Joel Thomas
Kevin Pettit
Kristen Schier
Max Sittenfeild
Meredith Weir
Nick Gillette
Rob Alesiani
Steve Kleinedler

In addition to the regular cast, DETENTION! will also feature special out-of-town guests when the opportunity arises. Don’t miss the last show on Sunday August 31st before the break!

-Meredith Weir
PHIT Volunteer Coordinator and member of The SHAM.

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FALL SESSION CLASSES NOW ENROLLING! INTRO SKETCH AND IMPROV ONLY $199 THROUGH 8/25!

It’s hard to believe that we are already enrolling for our final class session of the year. MikeMarbachSmallSince we’ve started our class session system back in January we’ve seen nothing but positive results. PHIT has always been a theater that strives to create a community feel for its students, performers, and its audience and the sessions system combined with improv practice groups and shows like Iron Sketch has only strengthened this feeling. Students have many ways to meet new people, practice what they’ve learned, and forge connections to people they want to improvise with or write with. They are seeing more shows and as a result their understanding of class concepts sinks in that much faster and they get that much better. With every class they prove why PHIT is the top comedy training center in the Philadelphia area- and recently named one of the top 20 comedy schools in the world!
Fall Session classes are now online and ready to enroll! We are running a special “Back to School” sale from now through Monday, August 25th at noon. All improv 101 and sketch writing 101 classes are only $199! That’s $100 off the full enrollment cost! And you still get all the same perks:

– Student Pass that gets you into all PHIT shows 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!
– The chance to study with multiple instructors within a session!
– 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)

​In addition to helping you with public speaking, strengthening your acting and writing skills, thinking more on your feet, and countless other things… improv is a great release. For several hours a week you are around people that want nothing more than to see you succeed. You are surrounded by fun, supportive people that make you laugh and you make laugh in return. I hope you’ll consider signing up for one of our upcoming 101 classes.

Holly LaurentjetevelethWe’ve also got great things in store for returning students and our comedy loving audience. The weekend of October 4th will be one to be reckoned with as PHIT welcomes Jet Eveleth and Holly Laurent! Jet & Holly are nationally known performers for many reasons. Not the least of which is the two being members of what is arguably the best improv team around- The Reckoning. Both have created great names for themselves over the years. Jet tours the country performing with the likes of 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit and SNL’s Paul Britain and was recently cast in an upcoming NBC Sketch Show to premiere soon! Holly is an alumni of the Second City Mainstage where she wrote and performed in three critically acclaimed revues. Both will be in town for a full weekend of shows and workshops covering both improv and sketch comedy. This is a weekend of comedy performance and training that is NOT to be missed!

​As the Education Director I take the growth of every student that comes through our training center very seriously. I attend and instruct practice groups. I sit in on classes. I see class shows. I adjust our curriculum as needed and that last part is needed more and more, because our students are getting better and better. What PHIT is doing right now helping to fuel the creative growth of not just our theater, but the entire Philly comedy community and beyond. Our alumni are traveling around the United States and beginning to make great names for themselves. It’s only a matter of time before some of those names are more widely known. Take a look at our upcoming class schedule, sign up for a class and you’ll see pretty quickly what I’m talking about.

​Thank you to all students, staff, performers and audience members for everything you do.​

Mike Marbach
PHIT Education Director

 

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PHIT Launches Original Dynamite Series Project: Dirty Laundry!

The Dynamite Series @ PHIT is excited to announce a brand new show specifically produced for the series: Dirty Laundry!

This show, created and directed by Steve Kleinedler, is a comedic exploration of the day-to-day life of a typical Philadelphia family. Touting a diverse cast (Kelly Jo Little, Rick Horner, Molly Scullion, David Donnella, Susan LaPalombara, Mary Eklund) that spans not only experience levels but age ranges, Dirty Laundry will be a unique and engaging improvised show that can’t be seen anywhere else but on the Philly Improv Theater stage.

SteveKleinedlerSmall“It’s a pleasure to work with such gifted comedic actors. In improv it’s possible to be any character at all no matter what age you are. But watching actors in their 40s and 50s playing alongside actors in their teens and 20s create an utterly believable, heartwarming, and truly funny extended family is a unique treat. This is a great show for audiences of all ages.” -Steve Kleinedler, Director.

Dirty Laundry will premiere with a run of shows in September and then settle into a regular slot the first Saturday of each month. Visit the show’s Facebook page to read more about the show and grab your tickets!

Show Dates:
Thursday September 4 @ 7:30PM
Friday September 5 @ 7:30PM
Saturday September 6 @ 7:30PM
Sunday September 7 @ 1:30PM

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PHIT Announces the First Launch Pad Team: Bad Kitten!

Philly Improv Theater is proud to announce the inaugural Launch Pad team, Bad Kitten! Copyright Lindsay Docherty Photography http://www.lindsaydocherty.comThis team has been blowing up on the local improv comedy scene and has made a lasting impression in other cities. Already a talented group of performers, the theater has paired them with PHIT company member Raja Rajanathan (This is Your Captain) as their Launch Pad coach to help them realize more of their artistic goals. You can follow Launch Pad on our Facebook page, and check out Bad Kitten on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Look for the team to have their four week run of shows Wednesdays in September!

Wednesday, September 03 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, September 10 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, September 17 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, September 24 – 7:30PM

Learn more about our Launch Pad program and apply by clicking here!

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STILL SPOTS LEFT IN LATE SUMMER SESSION CLASSES!

PHIT Student TransparentRegistration for our late summer classes and workshops is coming to a close, but you still have a chance to register for a class. So if you wanted to start or continue your journey into comedy or just make new friends who share a love of laughter now is the time to do it. Enrolling in an 8 week class also includes:

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

If you aren’t sure about committing to a full class, you can sign up for one of our FREE (yes, zero dollars) Intro To Improv Workshops. You’ll learn the basic improv concept of “Yes, and..” and discover how much fun taking a comedy class at PHIT can be! This two-hour workshop mimics the curriculum we teach in the very first week of our Improv 101 class and it gives you the chance to “try before you buy” with some low-commitment fun that doesn’t involve picking someone up at a bar. The free workshop sessions fill up really fast, so don’t hesitate to sign up for a spot now!

We’re also in the middle of @PHITComedy Weeek! A week every couple months where we try to reach out to people that might not know we exist. Up until you landed on this page you might have been one of those people. Now that you found us we’d like to keep you updated on everything we do! You can follow @PHITcomedy on Twitter and like us on Facebook at PHITComedy. You’ll get updates on classes, shows and more. If you have a moment and want to help get the word we’d love for you to share that information with others.

Thanks for your interest in PHIT. We hope to see you around the theater or in a class soon!

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