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, June 3, 2021.
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 expect that many of you feel stir-crazy. We do too. For the time being, it’s more important to stay in hibernation mode until we can fully resume. Part of this means we have to wait to hear back regarding several grants which we have applied for, and also determine if our landlord will be able to come to an arrangement with us regarding the rent from our long closure. Recently things are looking up, but we are not officially moving towards re-opening at this time. When we do begin the process 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.
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!
Founder & Executive Director
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 anticipated date for the return of performances (either virtually or in-person). We expect our timeline for in-person shows will closely resemble Broadway/large regional theaters in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. So we are hopeful that there will be news from us before the end of the year. When we do begin the process we expect it will be a few months before our first in-person shows are rehearsed and ready. We remain excited to welcome you into our space again!
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 anticipated date for the return of classes in any format. Much of this decision is dependent on securing funding from one of several federal grant/assistance programs we have applied for. If one of our applications is successful we will have more news for you. Even after we secure funds that would allow us to start classes again, we expect it will be a few months before we actually have students in classrooms in-person.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com if you would like to discuss Fringe rentals.
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.