This page has been created to communicate up-to-date information to patrons, students, performers, and staff who are part of the Philly Improv Theater community regarding the theater’s response during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it impacts the greater Philadelphia region. PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials as consider when we can responsibly and safely re-open.

This page was last updated on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

An Update from Philly Improv Theater Regarding Our Coronavirus Closure

At this time, PHIT remains closed for any and all events. While current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the City of Philadelphia are not requiring us to shutter our business we have concluded that we have a responsibility to our community to play a proactive role in attempting to prevent the spread of virus and stop the emergence of new variants at this stage in the pandemic. When we think about the tens of thousands of people who pass through our doors each year, and the uncertainty at the moment in determining who is/isn’t vaccinated – combined with our desire to keep kids under 11 in our Youth Program safe – it was an easy decision to remain closed for now.

We are also awaiting news on several important grants we have applied for, which would give us the funds necessary to consider re-staffing and re-opening. Finally, we need to determine if our landlord will be able to come to an arrangement with us regarding the rent from our long closure.  If we are fortuante enough to begin the process re-opening, we will be rebuilding things from the ground up and it may take some time. In addition to bringing back and hiring new staff, casting and rehearsing shows, and preparing our space to meet safety standards we also have considerable work to do with our community rethinking past approaches and practices for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout our work and outreach. We do still hope to return and look forward to a future announcement with actual plans when the time is right. At present our best guess is that we will resume operations in fall/winter 2021.

For now, get vaccinated if you can, stay safe, and stay healthy – we look forward to welcoming you again in-person when we are able!

Sincerely,

Greg Maughan
Founder & Executive Director

Performances

At this time, Philly Improv Theater is not presenting in-person or virtual performances.

PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials regarding the timing of our re-opening. We currently have no official date for the return of performances (either virtually or in-person). We expect our timeline will closely resemble Broadway/large regional theaters in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. With that in mind, we hope to resume operations in the fall/winter of 2021. We are hopeful that there will be news from us before the end of the summer. When we do begin the process we expect it will be a few months before our first in-person shows are rehearsed and ready, and our staff are rehired and retrained. We remain excited to welcome you into our space again!

Classes

At this time, Philly Improv Theater is not offering in-person or virtual classes. 

PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials regarding the timing of our re-opening. We currently have no official date for the return of classes in any format. With that in mind, we hope to resume operations in the fall/winter of 2021 for our adult program, and winter 2022 for our youth program. After we finalize a start date for new classes, we expect it will be a few months before we actually have students in classrooms in-person to allow time to rehiring and retraining our staff and instructors. We are excited to welcome students of all ages through out doors again when the time is right!

Rentals

At this time Philly Improv Theater is working with renters to reschedule rentals. We are not accepting new rental requests. We are talking with potential renters for the Philly Fringe Festival.

Organizations who have rented space are encouraged to contact our primary email, contact@phillyimprovtheater.com to discuss rescheduling your dates or refunding deposits.

PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials regarding the timing of our re-opening for rentals. We currently have no anticipated date for resuming rentals. We hope to have more information on this front soon – provided we get positive news regarding our currently outstanding grant applications and from our discussions with our landlord.

Though our re-opening plans are not determine, we are talking with arts groups interested in the possibility of renting space for the Philly Fringe Festival. Please e-mail contact@phillyimprovtheater.com if you would like to discuss Fringe rentals.

Rehearsals, Trainings, Meetings, etc.

At this time, Philly Improv Theater has canceled all PHIT hosted rehearsals, trainings, meetings, etc. at our theater space.

PHIT continues to monitor the guidance from public health agencies and officials and regarding the timing of our re-opening to rehearsals, training, meetings, etc. and will inform affected performers, volunteers, and staff who are involved in any of these activities when we know more. At this time we have no anticipated date for resumption of these activities, either in-person or virtually.