Improvised Play: Students will learn improv basics and storytelling skills through age-appropriate, imaginative games and lessons. They will engage with improv essentials such as character, voice, use of body, agreement and listening. Throughout the course, students will devise stories of their own creation. On their final class demonstration day, they will share with their families some of their favorite games and will improvise some of their original stories.
Dates: 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Class Demonstration: November 16, 2019, 10:45 a.m.
Melissa Widhson & Sarah Clemency
Melissa is a Philadelphia native who is thrilled to be back home after spending eleven years in New York City. Melissa worked as a teaching artist for nine years in Manhattan and Spanish Harlem, and later on founded her own non-profit organization, Honeybee House, on the Lower East Side. In New York, she studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade and performed with many improv and sketch comedy troupes in NYC and LA. Melissa can be seen performing at PHIT in the Family Friendly show, Finders Keepers, and throughout the comedy community on the indie team, Bill Parks. Melissa is a proud graduate of PHIT Comedy’s improv training program. She is very excited to be teaching again after giving birth to her baby girl, River. When not teaching or being a mom, Melissa enjoys sleeping, taking naps and spending time with her family and cats.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT MELISSA
“She was so nice and funny and a good actress.”
“She was always enthusiastic.”
WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT MELISSA
“Melissa was both fun and informative. My son had a great time and there is nothing that we can think of to make classes any better.”
“She was friendly and engaging with the kids.”
WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT THE CLASS
“She loves the games and challenges, the chance to be silly and learn new ways of interacting.”
Sarah has been on the teaching faculty of the PHIT Kids and Teens program since 2015. She has a BA in Theater and Music from Monmouth University and has worked with Shadow Lawn Stage and the Acting Company. Sarah brought her original musical “Only in Your Dreams” to last year’s Fringe stage. She can also be seen performing in the Family Friendly show, her sketch duo Kathryn and Sarah; and StoryUp! an interactive children’s show. She’s the creator and director of the original musical, Becoming Vegan. Sarah has studied improv at the Philly Improv Theater under Greg Maughan, Nick Gillette, Kristen Schier, Jess Snow, and Brian Rumble. She also has studied musical improv under Jerome Kurtenbach. When not involved in teaching or performing improv, Sarah can be found teaching music to children of all ages.