Support PHIT Through The Pandemic

Your donations directly support our minimum monthly operating costs while we remain closed to flatten the curve and stop the spread, in preparation for our eventual re-opening when public health officials confirm it is safe to do so.

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 in-person classes for the foreseeable future – likely long into 2021, if not 2022.

After consultation with our office staff, we placed everyone on furlough in mid-April at their request.

We suspended our shows at the end of May as many members of our community took to the streets to push for social justice along with the rest of the country. This included some folks sharing their concerns about systems, policies, and practices at PHIT that have failed to create the kind of open, transparent, and safe environment we have publicly committed to fostering.

At this time, PHIT is in a sort of stasis – waiting for the all-clear to return to the building and begin the work of rebuilding. Given the length of time we will have been closed when this is able to occur, we will essentially be recreating and re-envisioning the theater from the ground up. We expect that many of our teaching artists, performers, students, and audience members will have moved on in during the pandemic: to new cities, new careers, or new artistic opportunities. As a result, our return will take some time when it begins – most likely starting with classes first, and performances later.

In the interim, I am volunteering at PHIT as time allows – to reply to the occasional emails we are still receiving, stop by and walk the building to ensure our equipment is still functional and our space remains secure from the elements, and apply for grants and loans that could help us to survive.

So how can you help?

All proceeds from this campaign will go to keeping the theater’s minimal expenses covered 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 cover rent, utilities, insurance, maintenance costs. For each month the theater remains closed, these expenses will total approximately $20,000. If we are able to surpass our goal, additional funds will first be held to support expenses related to re-opening, including: health and safety upgrades, re-hiring costs, etc.

Social distancing continues to keep us from coming together physically, but we want to be here for our community when everyone is told it is safe to be around each other again. Thanks in advance for any support you can offer and keep an eye on our website for further news. We look forward to welcoming you back to PHIT when the time is right.

 

Sincerely,

Greg Maughan signature

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

Every Bit Helps…

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 cover rent, utilities, insurance, maintenance costs. For each month the theater remains closed, these expenses will total approximately $20,000. If we are able to surpass our goal, additional funds will first be held to support expenses related to re-opening, including: health and safety upgrades, re-hiring costs, etc.

Donations made to PHIT via Fractured Atlas are tax deductible.

Donations made to PHIT via Fractured Atlas are tax deductible.