Performance Improv: Students will take their strong foundation in improvised scenework and learn to attach structure to their scenes for performance by learning more extensive callbacks, premise play, runs, and more. Students will learn to create a show in which they build scenes based on true monologues.
Prerequisites: Improv 301 at PHIT
Dates: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, & 2/27
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Graduation Show Date/Time: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m. (Mainstage)
Theater Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Class Location: Room A (2nd Floor)
WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT MIKE
“Mike’s a great teacher; he’s not only very knowledgeable, but incredibly attentive to his students with their development and comfort.” — “On top of being an effective, fun teacher, Mike is good people. He seems to genuinely care about his students’ success. I thoroughly enjoyed having him as my Improv 101 teacher and I’m looking forward to future classes at PHIT!”
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Mike Marbach, PHIT’s Acting Artistic Director, was born into the world of improv in Chicago. He has completed the iO Theater and Annoyance Theater training center programs and has studied under improv greats such as Charna Halpern, Mark Sutton, Susan Messing, Mick Napier, several members of The Reckoning and many more. He performed with the iO Harold Team, Dart and could be seen around Chicago in various groups. Currently you can see him perform in the Seltzer Hour, and directing Not Yet Rated: An Improvised Movie.
Mike directed PHIT House Team Asteroid! from 2010-2013, which was the recipient of multiple Awards for Philadelphia Comedy, twice winning Best Improv Group. He directed PHIT House Team The Future from 2013 – 2016 and has directed Study Hall since 2013. He has also directed Stay Dead, an yearly improvised horror comedy show that takes place around Halloween, since 2014.
When he’s not doing PHIT things, Mike likes to write ridiculously long letters to companies about mundane things and hosting various podcasts (Gettin’ Close with Mike Marbach, Reheated: The Leftovers Podcast and the popular Stark Raven Mad: A Game of Thrones Podcast) all of which are available on iTunes.