Support PHIT’s Staff Through COVID-19

Your donations directly support 50+ full-time, part-time, and teaching artist employees.

Hello Comedy Friends!

Like every member of the Philadelphia theater community, and the international improv comedy community, PHIT has felt the impact of mandated closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we all do our part to protect our loved ones, neighbors, and the community we serve, the theater is closed for performances on our stage and the start of our next session of classes has been pushed back to April.

Our full-time and part-time staff have been working tirelessly to return to audiences with online shows starting this week, and get our classes ready to take place online (if necessary) starting on April 5th.

Over the past two weeks we have watched countless theaters, live entertainment organizations, and hospitality businesses conduct mass layoffs – leaving their employees and contractors to fend for themselves, often starting GoFundMe pages as groups to try and help each other. We believe it is our duty to continue to support full-time, part-time, and teaching artist staff at the theater regardless of whether or not their ability to work has been reduced. Unlike many other theaters, PHIT has treated and paid our teaching artists as employees (not contractors) and is determined to continue to pay them throughout this crisis – since, for many of them, other sources of income have disappeared.

All proceeds from this campaign will go to keeping the theater running behind the scenes until we can return to our building and host performances on stage and teach in-person classes at our training center. We will use the money donated to pay our rent as required, and continue to support our full payroll. For each month the theater remains closed, these expenses will total approximately $35,000. If we are able to surpass our goal, additional funds will first be used to pay teaching artists for weeks of work they missed as a result of the delayed start to our next session of classes and then used to prepare for the possibility of an extended closure.

Social distancing keeps us from coming together physically, but we want to be here for our community when everyone is told it’s safe to leave our houses and be near each other again. Thanks in advance for any support you can offer and keep an eye on our website and social media for news on how we plan to keep you laughing during these strange times. We’ve got your back!

 

Sincerely,

Greg Maughan signature

Greg Maughan (he/him)
Founder & Executive Director
Philly Improv Theater

$35,000 Goal

All proceeds from this campaign will go to keeping the theater running behind the scenes until we can return to our building and host performances on stage and teach in-person classes at our training center. We will use the money donated to pay our rent as required, and continue to support our full payroll.

Donations made to PHIT via Fractured Atlas are tax deductible.

Donations made to PHIT via Fractured Atlas are tax deductible.