We’re super-excited to say that casting decisions have finally been made for PHIT’s new House Teams directed by Matt Holmes and Kristen Schier. The talent this year was really amazing, we had our largest group of auditioners ever and felt strongly that everyone who made callbacks should be performing in the city, but just couldn’t accomodate them (over 100 peope were NOT cast, sheesh). Here are your new House Teams:
House Team Brandybuck (temporary name) directed by Matt Holmes: Aaron Hertzog, Alex Gross, Dennis Trafny, Jen Curcio, Lizzie Spellman, Mark Leopold, Rob Cutler, Scott Sheppard, & Tara Demmy
House Team Shadowfax (temporary name) directed by Kristen Schier: AJ Ortiz, Billy Thompson, Brian Ratcliffe, Claire Halberstadt, Erin Pitts, Karen Coleman, Matt Akana, Nathan Edmondson, & Scott Hinners
This week’s issue of the Philadelphia Weekly – available for free all over town in yellow honor boxes – has an awesome cover featuring PHIT performers/instructors/directors Kristen Schier and Amie Roe, and an even more awesome feature story inside (“Philly Comedienne’s of Comedy”) that includes quotes from and sections about other great female comedians around Philadelphia who have also appeared on PHIT’s stage, including: Meg Favreau, Carolyn Busa, Mary Radzinski, Mary Carpenter, and Karen Getz. If you have time to pick up a copy of the paper, do it. If you want to read the article online, it’s right here.
PHIT is very exicted to hold our first ever “Scenic Improv Jam” tonight at 7:00 p.m. – a weeknight and an earlier time for students who have trouble improvising at 11:00 p.m. on a Saturday night. Plus, if you catch the jam you can stick around for The Gross Show at it’s new time: Tuesdays from 8:30-9:30 p.m.!
All auditions from yesterday’s Open Call for House Teams will have heard from PHIT by 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, 3/29. If you haven’t received an email from us at that time, please get in touch and we’ll figure out what went wrong.
Last night PHIT bid a very fond farewell to Meg Favreau, who among others things was part of the sketch duo Meg & Rob, a member of original PHIT House Team Everything Must Go, creator of the show Sketch Up or Shut Up, the writer of our original sketch curriculum, and PHIT’s first Managing Director in 2009. It was an amazing roast with a packed dais, and we had to turn many people away. For those of you that missed it, we’re happy to say the entire roast is posted on PHIT’s YouTube Channel for you to enjoy.
Last year PHIT decided to have a small comedy festival dedicated to comedy duos and the response blew us away. Duofest is back for 2011 and moving from fall to summer – June 2-5th, 2011 to be exact. We’re super excited for our 2nd year (that’s an important one for duos) and hope that if you perform with a partner you’ll get an application in before the dealine on March 22nd! Duofest.com has complete details on the fest for the curious.
If you missed the presentation, it’s now available in .pdf format on the State of PHIT 2011page of this site! For anyone who is interested in where things stand with our space search, what the goals and plans for this year are, or how the theater has grown – check it out.
2011 House Team Auditions will take place at Philly Improv Theater @ The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 27th, 2011. Complete details of the auditions, along with directions for securing an audition time are available on the auditions page.
Because of the snow that dumped on Philadelphia last week and a flurry of class changes, show reschedulings, and continued bad weather The State of PHIT will not take place February 1, 2011 or February 5, 2011. We are instead rescheduling the meeting for March 1, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
No significant snowfall is predicted for this afternoon or tonight, Philly’s streets have been cleared and you’re all probably stir-crazy from two days spent inside, so… WE’RE OPEN FRIDAY NIGHT! PHIT is excited to belatedly present our first performances of the new year with great acts on the bill including duos The Kristen & Amie Show at 8:00 p.m. and Rosen & Milkshake at 9:30 p.m. and The Hopper Brothers’ Happy Magic Fun-Time Show at 11:00 p.m.. Come out and enjoy a laugh!
Winter weather is continuing to affect the Philadelphia region today, complicating travel for our instructors, directors, and performers. As a result all shows, classes, and rehearsals at PHIT are canceled for Thursday, January 27, 2011. We currently anticipate going forward with shows on Friday, January 28, 2011 but please check this space tomorrow afternoon for confirmation that performances are indeed happening. Students affected by canceled classes will receive information on make-up sessions shortly. Patrons who purchased advance tickets will be able to use their tickets at rescheduled shows or will have their ticket purchase refunded if they do not pick up their tickets on the new date.
Due to the winter weather descending on Philadelphia since this morning tonight’s shows at PHIT have been cancelled. The Bully Pulpit and Rant-O-Wheel will be rescheduled for other dates/times during our current run. If you purchased tickets for either of these shows they will be honored at the rescheduled date or refunded if they are not collected by show time.
It’s a brand new year and after taking a hiatus in 2009 & 2010 we’re having another meeting to evaluate our success in the last year and set our goals for the coming 12 months. And because PHIT has grown so much since the last time we got everyone together, we’re having two The State of PHIT sessions: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 5, 2011 @ 3:00 p.m.. Both meetings will be at The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge Street with light refreshments and the chance to ask questions for those who attend.
Please mark your calendars now for The State of PHIT 2011 – a meeting to discuss what the theater accomplished in the past year, what we have planned for the year ahead and how things are going in our search for a permanent home after our fundraiser to generate funds to start looking for a space in 2010.
The State of PHIT is free and open to the public and will take place in the evening on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at The Shubin Theatre. More details to come.
For too long, improv comedy fans haven’t known the best time to catch a show during our monthly run of shows or have had to ask around to learn when the best groups will be performing. For the new year we’re ending all that. Now every Saturday night PHIT is at The Shubin we’ll be brining you PHIT’s house teams back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Don’t ask where the best alternative comedy in Philly is anymore: just know it’s Saturday night at PHIT House Team Night. You can get tickets for the first ever PHIT House Team Night on our tickets page.
You’ve probably already noticed PHIT isn’t running shows at The Shubin Theatre for the last week of December and first week of January. It’s our annual hiatus to close the books and take some time to think about what we’ll do differently in the new year. Right now, though, we do owe fans of the theater and loyal PHITizens a huge thanks for once again making 2010 our best year ever. There were over 7,000 of you who caught a show or took a class in the last 12-months and we wish we could cross your thresholds and speak to each of you individually, just like that stuttering King in the movies.
PHIT is incredibly honored to have been recognized in Philadelphia City Paper’s Big Vision Issue as one of 4 honorable mentions in Performing Arts – alongside a group that includes Pig Iron Theatre Company, Jennifer Childs of 1812 Productions, Brat Productions, and Liberty City Drag Kings & Burlesque. In a city of over 150 performing arts groups it’s a real accomplishment not just for PHIT but also for all the performers, volunteers, and audience members who have been a part of the comedy community we have built over the last five years. Here’s to even bigger and better things soon!
PHIT has been supporting college improv since way back when we did bar shows (yes, we used to sneak students into bars to perform improv – that’s how nerdy we were at the time) – but now we’re expanding to support all college comedians! Improv Comedy PhD, our popular Thursday night showcase of up and coming college improv troupes is moving to Sunday nights and becoming Comedy University – featuring performances by local college improv, sketch, and stand-up performers. Each week there will be one or two acts and some of PHIT’s own performers, and it all starts tonight (10/17) at 8pm!
! There are just a few days left to sign up for our 8 week Improv Level 101: Introduction to Longform class with Kristen Schier and get our early registration discount ($50 off!). This class will sellout so don’t delay – use the handy Upcoming Classes list to your right to see what we’re cooking up right now…
Never content to rest on our laurels (as laurels arenot very comfortable anyways) PHIT was on to our Next Big Thing(TM) the weekend of October 8-9th: growing the comedy community with the introduction of our two new House Teams. They’re named Mayor Karen and Asteroid, which we think is pretty reasonable considering what celebrities name their kids these days and we hope you’ll catch them again soon at PHIT. For the new teams christening we also had UCB Harold Team Sandino, which I suppose makes them the godparents, right?