Whether you are looking to take a class, submit for one of improv or sketch teams, pitch a show idea, find job opportunities, or more we got your back. This page will list the ways in which you can get involved here at Philly Improv Theater. If you have any questions about opportunities not listed here, please feel free to email contact@phillyimprovtheater.com.

CURRENT AUDITION, SUBMISSION, & PITCH OPPORTUNITIES

NOW ACCEPTING PITCHES FOR PHIT’S SHOWS IN THE 2018 PHILLY FRINGE FESTIVAL!
Philly Improv Theater will once again be taking part in the Philly Fringe Arts Festival and we are now accepting show pitches! The festival will run September 6th, 2018 through September 22nd, 2018. PHIT will have shows with different run lengths throughout the festival. Chosen shows will have regular support and contact with the theater throughout the process. Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 29th. Click here for more information and to submit your show pitch!
NEW WEDNESDAY IMPROV HOUSE TEAM AUDITIONS APRIL 21ST!
Spring is upon us which means it’s time to announce our next round of Wednesday improv house team auditions! Auditions for these two new teams will take place on April 21st. The two teams cast will perform every Wednesday night here at PHIT debuting in July and running through December. These teams will have weekly practices guided by the fantastic Sarah Clemency and awesome Emma Needleman! Click here for full information and to submit your audition request!
AUDITIONS ON MAY 5TH FOR PHIT’S NEW FAMILY FRIENDLY COMEDY SHOW!
Philly Improv Theater debuted our first family friendly improv show, Finders Keepers, just over a year ago. In that time the show has entertained children from all over Philadelphia. The current cast and show director Joe Tuzzi have done an amazing job in helping create a safe space for kids and families to come and laugh weekly at PHIT. Now we are looking to build on that success with auditions for a new Family Friendly show to debut this summer! This show will begin with improv, but the plan is to start to introduce more of a variety of programming as the show goes on! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

ONGOING INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Whether you’re an improviser, sketch comedian, stand-up, or another type of awesome performer… there is a performance opportunity for you below.

Read through the descriptions of each show to learn the types of acts they are booking as well as any special requirements performers must meet. If you are looking to book as a show of your own – one-person show, stand-up act, etc. – scroll to the bottom of this page for the Submit a Show/Act section.

CORE

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current Training Center Improv Students

Our CORE show provides improv students with an opportunity to see our Training Center class graduation show formats from our core Improv 101 – 401 program. One lucky student will be chosen to perform each week – allowing them plenty of time to invite their friends, family, and classmates to see them rock PHIT’s stage. Just like in The Dean’s List, the entire cast of CORE will be ready to make winning students who take the stage with them look like total comedy rockstars! Click here to apply to be a part of CORE!

THE DEAN'S LIST

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current Training Center Students

Every week host Joe Tuzzi draws three student cards at random. Those three students will then perform an improv show with three talented PHIT instructors. All you have to do is show up before the show and place your current PHIT student card in the bin and then cross your fingers hoping you get picked!

THE IMPROV JAM

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Everyone!

Capping off every Sunday night is our FREE Improv Jam at 9:00 p.m. Students and non students can get up to do a scene with various PHIT company members. To participate in the improv jam show up by 8:50 p.m. to sign up and then sit back and enjoy the show.

MAESTRO: A COMPETITIVE IMPROV GAME

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current and former PHIT students and company members.

Maestro is a cut throat (read highly supportive and fun!) improvised competition. 12 improvisers vie for the audience’s affection round after round until only one Maestro champion is left standing. Maestro runs Wednesday Nights 7:30 p.m. Click here to submit your interest in Maestro!

THE SIDESHOW

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Everyone!

The Sideshow, making a comeback in spring 2018, is a variety show that welcomes improv, sketch, stand-up, storytelling, and just about anything else. If you are interested in throwing your hat into the ring please check back here soon for information on how to express interest in performing!

SINK OR SKETCH

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current and former PHIT students and performers.

Sink or sketch is PHIT’s King-of-the-hill style sketch comedy competition. Each month we assemble a new sketch group out from a group of individual submissions. Then that group puts up a brand new sketch show at PHIT going head to head with the champs. The Auditions votes for the winner! Click here to submit your name to Sink or Sketch!

SKETCH UP OR SHUT UP

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Everyone!

Sketch Up or Shut Up is Philly’s only sketch comedy open mic! All are welcome at this monthly show – either to write and bring sketch comedy to perform, volunteer to act in someone’s sketch, or simply sit enjoy the show! Sketch Up is the place for sketch comedians to work out new or in progress material in front of an audience. Please note that we do not screen material for this show.

SUPER HUMAN HORSE

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current and former PHIT students and performers.

Every first Wednesday of every month Super Human Horse host, Tom Hannigan, assembles two teams of performers from individual submissions. Then two teams put on a 20-25 minute improv set! Click here to submit your info!

UP ALL NIGHT: THE IMPROV TO SKETCH CRAM

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Current and former PHIT students and performers.

At 7:00 p.m. on a Wednesday night, a group of writers, actors, and directors from PHIT and our Training Center arrive at the theater to improvise, write, rehearse, and perform a new show in 24 hours. This is that show. Up All Night takes place at 7:00 p.m. every 5th Thursday with the process starting the day before. Submissions are open to current and former PHIT company members and training center students. Click here to submit your info!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROV AND SKETCH ACTS

Though Philly Improv Theater casts improv and sketch house teams on regularly, we also encourage you to form your own acts. Find some people you’ve taken class with, that you’ve met at our improv jam or sketch-up, or chatted with after shows and form an a group of your own! There are various opportunities around Philly to get stage time including right here. Below are a couple of the ways in which your team can be booked at PHIT.

CITYWIDE: IMPROV ACTS FROM ALL OVER PHILLY

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Improv Acts

Two improv teams enter. Two improv teams leave. That’s the show. This is not a competition. Submit your act using this form! Acts are selected by the improv producer and submitting the form does not guarantee you a spot in this show.

VS: AN IMPROV CAGE MATCH

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Improv Acts

In this improv tournament, two acts square off each week with the winner advancing to the next round. VS is a seasonal competition and accepts acts every sever months. Look for the next submission link to be posted here in Fall 2018.

THE SIDESHOW

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Everyone!

The Sideshow, making a comeback in spring 2018, is a variety show that welcomes improv, sketch, stand-up, storytelling, and just about anything else. If you are interested in throwing your hat into the ring please check back here soon for information on how to express interest in performing!

GET BOOKED

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY OPEN TO: Improv acts and sketch acts

In addition to some one off opportunities as part of other shows as seen above, we also book acts to open or headline blocks. If you have an improv team or sketch group and would like to be considered for one of these opportunities please email us at contact@phillyimprovtheater.com.

SUBMIT AN ACT/SHOW

Do you have an idea for a show you’d like to do? Let us know! We are always looking for new ideas and if we accept your pitch will work with you on getting your show up and running. Though we are Philly Improv Theater, we produce a wide variety of comedy shows including improv, sketch comedy, stand-up, storytelling, plays, and much more. Our online pitch form is currently closed because we are accepting and focus on pitches for the 2018 Philly Fringe Festival, but it will return in May. If you have an idea in the interim that doesn’t work for Fringe and you can’t wait to share – please email us at contact@phillyimprovtheater.com.