Welcome our March 2015 Launch Pad Team: Warm Town!

The past couple weeks have been full of brutal weather, lots of snow, and bone-chilling winds. PHIT has the perfect remedy for all the winter craziness: March 2015 Launch Pad team Warm Town!

Jebediah Wärmton, a regular Heat Miser, founded Warm Town in 1998 and immediately installed fireplaces and hot-tubs. The population surged in 2014 when a  conglomeration of Philadelphia improvisors migrated to Warm Town for its weather and hospitality. The citizens soon realized that the warmth of the town comes from within after caring for the town turtles, counting money, and hosting weekly Book Club meetings.

Warm Town is the best place on Earth and you should visit and bring your friends.

The theater has chosen PHIT company member Frank Farrell (PHIT House Team Big Baby) as their Launch Pad coach to help them achieve their goals. You can connect with Launch Pad and Warm Town on Facebook!

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

Wednesday, March 04 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, March 11 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, March 18 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, March 25 – 7:30PM

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

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Düofest 2015 Submissions Close March 2!

Düofest is the ONLY comedy festival in existence that is committed solely to showcasing DuoFestSquareLogo2015Vers2-02comedic duos, and is happening again this year June 3rd through June 6th at PHIT. We are looking for the best duos from around the country and around the world, and your couple could be chosen to be a part of the festival! And those duos chosen to be a part of Düofest will also receive a small stipend!

To find out more about the festival and to submit your duo, please visit the Duofest 2015 website. Remember, submissions close Monday, March 2nd! Don’t delay! Submit your duo today!

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PERFORMANCES CANCELED for Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Due to severe winter weather moving through Philadelphia tonight and a frozen pipe in our performance space, this evening’s performances have been canceled. This includes the following shows:

  • 7:30 p.m. Dynamite Series: The Wadsworth Constant
  • 9:00 p.m. Saturday Night House Party
  • 10:30 p.m. Saturday Night House Party
  • 11:59 p.m. PHIT’s 2015 Oscar’s Jam

If you purchased an advance ticket you will receive a refund shortly. Stay safe!

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Audition Announcement: New Dynamite Series Project Launching in May!

PHIT is excited to announce we will be premiering a brand new Dynamite Series show thisRalphSmall May! Produced by Artistic Director Ralph Andracchio and directed by company member and PHIT Kids and Teens director Rachel Semigran, this new show will strive to merge the worlds of improv comedy and visual arts into a unique collaborative experience that attempts to answer the questions “How do you record something meant to be impermanent, and how long does that new piece last?” Local visual and performing artists across many disciplines will share their work with our team to inspire a show, and then the artist will be invited to create rachelsemigransmallwork during the show in response to the action happening on stage. Director Rachel Semigran will lead a highly trained team capable of falling into different forms and styles to compliment their exploration of the purpose and permanence of art and comedy.

Auditions will take place on Monday, March 9th, 2015 between 6pm – 10pm. Callback auditions, if necessary, will be held on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 between 7pm – 9pm. Rehearsals will be held on weekly Thursdays evenings from March 19th through May 7th. Please hold these dates if you are interested in being cast! Casting decisions will be made and acceptances distributed by Sunday March 15th.

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

Auditioners must have completed Improv 301 and be currently enrolled in Improv 401 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 time to be considered. No other audition times are available.

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.

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:

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.

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

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Welcome our February 2015 Launch Pad Team: The Sardines!

Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate then to fall in love with PHIT’s February Launch Pad team… The Sardines! This team will go where other team don’t even dare: exploring topics from pre-revolutionary Russian literature to the whimsical happenings on the internet. All the while they will develop engaging, physical, and emotional scene work. By the end of their onslaught they will leave you tickled to the point of exhaustion. Watch out, because it’s gonna get historic!

The theater has chosen PHIT company member Kevin Pettit (PHIT House Team Goat Rodeo) as their Launch Pad coach to help them achieve their goals. You can connect with Launch Pad and The Sardines on Facebook!

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

Wednesday, February 04 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, February 11 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, February 18 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, February 25 – 7:30PM

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

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Intro classes $100 off now through 2/2/2015!

Strike up the music, the sale has begun! The Pennysylvania Polka! You may recognize those altered lyrics from the great Frank Yankovic song, “The Pennsylvania Polka” featured heavily in the Bill Murray hit “Groundhog Day”. Why am I telling you this? Because We are having a Groundhog Day intro  class Sale! Starting Monday, January 26th, 2015 and running through Monday, February, 2nd, 2015 (Groundhog Day) all Sketch 101, Improv 101, and Stand-up 101 classes will be just $199! That’s $100 off the full enrollment cost and you still get all the same perks including:

  • A Student Pass that gets you into all shows at PHIT for FREE!
  • Access to improv practice groups that double your 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).

Want to try out a class before you sign up? Take one of our FREE workshops. There’s one coming up on Sunday, February 1st at noon. If you like the class you’ll still have time to save! Click here to register now.

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Congrats to the 2015 Philadelphia Comedy Awards Winners!

The 2015 Philadelphia Comedy Awards took place Sunday, January 25th at World Cafe Live, and we wanted to take a moment to congratulate all the night’s winners as well as everyone who was nominated. There are so many wonderful things happening in Philly comedy, and PHIT is proud to be a part of the scene. We’re looking forward to more amazing work from everyone in the coming year. And a special shout out to the evening’s hosts Kate Banford and Aaron Nevins for making the night such a blast!

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A Fond Farewell to Dr. Sleepover

DrSleepover_Promotional_PhotoAs our theater changes and grows, our House Teams change and grow along with us. It’s always a fascinating experience to see a team through its entire lifespan: from the excitement of the audition and casting process, to the team debut, through amazing shows on our stage as well as stages across the country. These teams aren’t just teams. They are ensembles that become families.

But in every House Team’s lifespan, there also comes the time when a team is ready to be retired. And this month, the time has come to say goodbye to a spectacular team – Dr. Sleepover. Ever since they formed, this ensemble has shown a level of energy and drive that has garnered them a huge fan base and made their shows a must-see experience.

As we reach their final performance, we’ve asked the cast to share their thoughts about this great team.

I will always consider Dr. Sleepover to be that first opportunity to seriously pursue my 8721899330_db32fe7a41_zpassion of performing.  From our sexy Tuesdays at the Shubin Theater and the hours spent rehearsing in that sweltering hot church on South 8th St, we are lucky to have witnessed firsthand the growth of PHIT and this comedy scene here in Philadelphia.  I am forever grateful to everyone who came to our shows.  One thing is for certain; I can feel the love tonight.  Doctors out! – Bobby Lang

One of the things that will always stick with me about Dr. Sleepover is that we were always cranking on all cylinders even in practice. There were times when we would do a set in practice that was so good that I would get kind of mad that there was no audience. There are so many of those sets that I still think about to this day and that I wish we recorded.

I’m going to miss playing with everyone every week. I remember one of the most commonDrSleepover_Logo notes we would get is that too many of our two person scenes would turn into group games. We just always wanted to play with each other. If there was a fun scene happening, sooner or later we’d all just pile into it. And somehow it worked. We just had immediate chemistry.

I’ve been archiving all of Dr. Sleepover’s shows and the thing that struck me the most going back through them is that this chemistry is apparent even in our very first show. We just gelled so quickly. I give all the credit in the world to Rob. He is a genius. He had such a great vision for the team and everyone he cast was so perfect and added so much to the mix. The fact that I fit into that vision and that I could contribute to Dr. Sleepover is such an overwhelming feeling that it’s beyond description. I am incredibly proud and incredibly humbled.

I want to thank R.J., Tara, Katie, Dave, Bobby, Addie, and Josh for being the best team ever and thanks to Rob and Kristen for being amazing directors. Dr. Sleepover will always be one of the highest points of my life. – Ryan T. Barlow

Dave changed my whole perception on letting a crowd influence your set. Whether it’s 1 or1656175_278045985682505_2132705863_n 100 ppl, whether they are laughing at everything or nothing, Dave told me after a set with a light crowd one night he doesn’t care if there’s 1 person in the audience, he’s going to do everything he can to make that person laugh.

Bobby’s energy and positivity is contagious. You can literally not be in a bad mood around that guy. Also he picks up girls on trains which is pretty smooth.

Rob’s mind fascinates me. He is always seemingly inventing new ways to play, new games to try and new ways to look at things. Rob is the vision behind Dr. Sleepover.

Tara is a wildcard and I say that with the highest of praise and no negative connotation. She always surprises me with the choices she makes and playing with her is an absolute pleasure.

Katie is an improv sniper. She sits back, bides her time and when the moment is right, she strikes with lethal precision, ie a great improv move. Rob always told her to get in the set more, and she took that note to heart, but even in sets where she wasn’t featured a lot, she’d always make a couple of strong moves that really helped the set.

Addie! What can I say about this overachieving teen that hasn’t already been said? Straight A’s – check. Black belt in martial arts –  check. Imorov house team member before college admission – check. She is everything I hope my kids are at that age. Playing with her was always rewarding. She is very mature for her age but not yet jaded (ie officially an adult with adult responsibilities) which gives her this sense of freedom which makes her scenes innovative and fresh.

Josh is one of the best listeners I’ve ever worked with. He has this innate ability to not get dr photosconsumed with what his next move is, and truly listen to what’s going on in the scene. This allows his to respond honestly, truthfully and 100% in the moment, marking some of the purest improv I’ve ever witnessed.

Ryan “T-Bar” Barlow is such a quick and witty player. Sometimes I don’t even get his jokes or pulls until the audience erupts and I realize wow there was something there! Playing with Ryan makes you a batter improviser as his style forces you too look for the connections.. always.

And last but not least Kristen! Kristen is so amazing. She was my first improv director ever on Bed Savage and I was delighted to have her back on Dr. Sleepover. She has so much knowledge to impart it’s mind blowing (excuse the pun). She has very high standards for herself (I’ve seen her after numerous sets she was in that I thought were amazing, self -critiquing) which forces the team to step up their game. The stuff she worked on with us over the last few months made me not just a better improviser, but a better actor as well. First round draft pick on anything improv related, ever. – R.J. Payne

Two moments stand out for me when thinking about Dr. Sleepover. During one of our1899786_382762835210819_8177037093331098094_o practices while working on group games, someone entered the scene snapping and speaking in a sing-song voice about a restaurant. Everyone jumped in immediately with such amazing commitment — our group mind was really on point. My other stand-out moment was during a show where we had two scenes set in stadium-style observation rooms (one overlooking a surgery and the other at a sausage factory). We were able to get the entire audience to do the wave with us. It was a really great view from the stage and one of my favorite moments as an improviser. – Katie Skrzek

I have been incredibly privileged to work with this team and these talented improvisers and to see their shows over the years. They put other teams on notice with how good they are and their contribution to PHIT is legendary. Hall of Fame worthy. – Kristen Schier

I left Dr. Sleepover for 8-months to study in Italy and for every show I missed Dr.Sleepover filmed a pre-show warm-up that consisted of saying a phrase where each word began with the letters of my name (Ex. Tyrannosauruses Are Really Aggressive (Katie) or Torn Acls Really Ache (Ryan)). They did this for every show and posted the video to my Facebook wall. I can’t tell you how much this meant to me, when school was difficult or if I was feeling lonely, I’d watch these videos and laugh — thinking of my improv family back in Philly. – Tara Demmy


I’m not sure where to begin with Dr. Sleepover. I love everyone on the team so much and it255562_190570647763373_1177551899_n

is hard for me to pick one memory. I feel unbelievably lucky. I got to work with some of the most talented, dedicated, and high energy performers in Philadelphia. I could not ask for a better group of friends. – Rob Gentile


Dr. Sleepover has been so incredibly important in my life. The team was my introduction to the family at PHIT, and they made me feel so at home and welcome instead of an awkward 16 year old who didn’t belong. They came to my house and let my mom feed them. They hugged me and cheered me when I got into NYU. They helped me prompose and then came to pre prom for pictures. They always knew how to make me laugh or feel better when being a “teen” felt realll horrible. They are a family to me that will not go away once our stage time does. I want to thank each and every member of the team,Bobby Lang, Dave Piccinetti, Tara Demmy, Katie Skrzek, Ryan T. Barlow,R.J. Payne, Joshua James, new mom Kristen Schier, and of course, our most beloved Dad, Robert Walker. For loving to say “YEAH”, for always sticking together, for being the family I didn’t know I needed. Not a day goes by without me thinking of you all. I love you so much it makes me cry.

I will always have your back and touch your pants. – Addie Weyrich


Catch Dr. Sleepover’s final show this Saturday January 10th in our 9PM block. Tickets available here.

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Welcome Our January 2015 Launch Pad Team: Bishpelldah!

PHIT had an AMAZING 2014, and a big part of what made it so special was our LaunchBish 1 Pad program. The independent improv teams who have enrolled in Launch Pad have been killing it on our stage, and we can definitely see the trend continuing with January’s team – Bishpelldah! This team was formed in May of 2014, and has been lighting up stages across Philly ever since. The theater has chosen PHIT company member Joe Gates (PHIT House Team Sabotage) as their Launch Pad coach to help them achieve their goals. You can connect with Launch Pad and Bishpelldah on Facebook!

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

Wednesday, January 07 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, January 14 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, January 21 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, January 28 – 7:30PM

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

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PHIT Giving Back This Holiday

During the past month PHIT’s Company Members have held a charity food and clothing drive in our green room. Company Members and any visiting performers were able to leave non-perishable food times, new or lightly used clothing items, or cash for the purchase of additional donations which went to three local charities: Philabundance, Broad Street Ministry, and Career Wardrobe. Today, all of our donations were delivered to these great organizations. Philly comedians collected 154 lbs. of food and six bags of clothing in one month. It’s nice to see that in addition to bring so much laughter to the city of Philadelphia our Company Members are guests can also make the holidays a little brighter for those in need in other ways as well.


PHIT would like to acknowledge Rachel Semigran, our Kids & Teens Coordinator, for her help setting this drive up and offer an extra special thank you to Company Members Adam Steiger and Tom Hannigan who went above and beyond to purchase goods with our collected money and help deliver everything.


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Welcome Our December 2014 Launch Pad Team: Don’t Sass Me, Florence!

PHIT is getting in the holiday spirit and giving everyone an early present with December’s Launch Pad Team – Don’t Sass Me, Florence! This team features improv newcomers in a classy 4a_DSMFensemble with a passion for exploring scene work based on personal storytelling. There shows will be character driven, witty, vulnerable, and most of all FUN! The theater has chosen PHIT company member Tara Demmy (PHIT House Teams Dr. Sleepover and Hey Rube) as their Launch Pad coach to help them achieve their goals. You can connect with Launch Pad and Don’t Sass Me, Florence on Facebook!

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

Wednesday, December 03 – 7:30PM
Sunday, December 07 – 7:00PM
Wednesday, December 10 – 7:30PM
Wednesday, December 17 – 7:30PM

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

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Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2014 Livestream!

Black Friday Comedy Marathon 2014 has started! Follow along here with the YouTube livestream from the green room on PHIT’s YouTube Channel and tweet at us (@bfcm2014) to get in on the act!


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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…

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

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

(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.


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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