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.


Pat Shay

Pat Shay moved to Chicago in the 90s to train with Del Close, starting off a grand adventure in American improv. He is one of a very few improvisers to have played on House Teams and/or touring companies of IO Chicago, UCB, The Second City, and The PIT. With his wife, Mary Theresa Archbold, he created Jazz Hand - which, as a short film, got to the finals of the NBC Shortcuts Festival, and as a sketch show, got them invited to perform at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Media credits include Late Night with Conan Ou2019Brien, The Blacklist, and the part of Dr. Schwartz in the MTV (Other) series Shortcomings.