About the class

This class incorporates scenework, movement-based and group exercises to explore the primary fundamentals of improvisation, making you more confident, trusting and graceful on stage. Learn how to say "yes, and…," make positive choices, initiate and commit to scenes, heighten, use tag-outs and walk-ons, and deliver real-life monologues. The PIT's Introduction to Improv class emphasizes creating a rich environment for your scenes, committing to your decisions and your scene partner and beginning with the body as inspiration. There will be a final graduation performance at the PIT for friends, family, and others.


Mandy Schmieder

Mandy Schmieder is an actress, comedy writer, and improviser. She earned an M.F.A in Acting from UC-Irvine and has been performing regionally and in NYC for the past 8 years. Before her foray into improv, she portrayed such roles as Lady MacBeth, Medea, Helen Jones in Machinal, and other women who are killed or kill themselves. Comedy was the next logical step. She’s been performing improv weekly on a P.I.T. house team for over 5 years and currently performs with teams, Local 154, Sid Viscous!, Lucy, and Local News. She has taught improv, beginning acting, and coaches independent improv teams. She most recently wrote & starred in her first solo show which premiered in NYC & the Piccolo Fringe Festival in Chas., S.C. For additional film, theater, & commercial credits, please visit mandyschmieder.com.