Beginner Short-Form Improv Camp: This camp is for middle schoolers new to improv or for returning students wanting to solidify their technique. Students will learn the art of comedic short-form improvisation in this week-long fun-filled intensive. Each day will include a variety of exercises, lessons, and games that develop skills in listening, agreement, and the golden rule of “Yes and…” The first half of the week will focus on the basics of improv comedy and the second half will focus on playing and performing short-form games in preparation for the culminating invited performance of a short-form set on the final day of the week. Students who complete this week are eligible to take part in the Middle School Intermediate Short-Form camp the following week.
Dates: 7/22, 7/23, 7/24, 7/25, 7/26
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day, except 7/26 (see below). Optional before care (from 8:00 a.m.) and after care (until 6:00 p.m.) offered.
Class Demonstration: Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Sam Abrams has been teaching with the PHIT Kids and Teens Program since the spring of 2015. Sam can be seen performing at PHIT Comedy in the improvised Shakespeare show With Mirth and Laughter and the Dynamite Series team Untitled: Art Meets Improv. You may also see her photographs around the comedy scene from her photography business, Sam Abrams Photography.
Before coming to PHIT in January 2014, Sam majored in theater with a focus on directing at Oberlin College, and spent three years developing and teaching drama classes at Camp Sequoia to build social skills. She will be getting her Masters in Education from University of Pennsylvania in May, and will begin teaching next fall!
WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT SAM
“I liked my teacher because she laughed a lot at the stuff we did and made us feel funny. She also explained everything clearly.”
“She is very funny and motivates us to be goofy.”
“I liked how open minded she was.”
“She pushed me to be better at improv”
WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT SAM
“My son has not been a big participant in formal activities such as sports or school clubs because he never feels like he fits in with those. But with this he felt like he found his people, his tribe. Every week he had a great time, and that’s a testament to how good you guys are. Thanks Sam!”
“Sam was great! This class really gave my child an exciting new outlet, new skills, and new confidence!”