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Comedy School Course Enrollment Policy


Newsletter & Mailing List
By enrolling in a class you agree to join the PIT Comedy School newsletter & mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Age Requirement
You must be 18 years of age or older to sign up for a course.

Refund Policy
There are no refunds. No exceptions. Class transfers or exchanges are allowed up to a week before the class begins. There are no credits/transfers/exchanges after that time.

Our classes rely on group participation, and absences will affect your growth, as well as the growth of your classmates. We ask that you attend every class within the session. If you cannot attend all scheduled classes, we recommend that you wait until you can fully commit. We understand that emergencies happen and conflicts arise, so absences are allowed as follows: In an 8-week improv class or a 6-week writing class, we allow two absences, after which you will be removed from the class. (For shorter sessions or workshops, absences are determined on a case-by-case basis). Removal means you cannot attend any more classes or participate in the graduation show. Once removed, if you wish to continue your training, you will have to retake the class.

Lateness/Leaving Class Early
Punctual attendance is expected from all students. Students are expected to be present for the entire class.

Show Requirement
As a student, it is important for you to see longform improv and sketch comedy in action. You are required to see AT LEAST two improv shows (for 8-week improv classes) or two sketch comedy shows (for 6-week sketch writing classes) at The PIT before your class is complete. Time will be devoted at the beginning of each class to discuss shows your class has been attending. A student ID will be given at the first class to allow you to see shows for free (room permitting). If you fail to meet these requirements you will not be permitted to continue on to the next class level.

House Team Placement
Participation in or completion of improv courses does not guarantee placement on a PIT house team.

The PIT’s classes are held in a supportive, non-threatening and creative environment. In order to achieve this, students are asked to agree to certain rules in regards to course conduct before enrolling. Students are not allowed the following:

  • Consumption of drugs or alcohol during class
  • Inappropriate behavior (verbal/physical/sexual) with other students or course instructor
  • Bringing visitors to class
  • Eating in class (except on break)
  • Talking out of turn
  • Using/checking cellphones during class (except on break)

Students are not allowed to use electronics in class. There is absolutely no audio/video recording. Except in extenuating circumstances with permission of instructor, students are to refrain from cell phone use of any kind, including checking phone/text messages during class. Inappropriate or unpleasant behavior – including making other students feel uncomfortable – will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the course.

You can view The PIT’s full Standard of Conduct policies here.

Destruction of Property
If you destroy any property at The PIT or Simple Studios, whether it is by accident or on purpose, you will be liable for the cost of repair. You will not be allowed to attend more classes, or to register for another class, until payment arrangements have been made to replace the destroyed property.

You agree that you choose to voluntarily participate in the course with full knowledge that the activity may be hazardous to yourself and/or your property. You voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risks of loss, property damage or personal injury, including death, that may be sustained as a result of participating in the activity. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Peoples Improvisational Theater, LLC and Simple Studios, LLC and its employees, members and volunteers for any loss, liability, damage or costs, including court costs and attorney fees, that may occur as a result of your participation in the activity. We are not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Students are not guaranteed promotion to the next course level. Promotion is contingent on attendance, seeing shows, attending jams, being a positive and supportive class member and demonstrating understanding of course concepts through application in class, during performances or writing.

Instructor Attendance
The PIT reserves the right to replace a course instructor at any time with another equally qualified instructor, without notice.

The PIT reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if an emergency or unforeseen conflict arises. In the event of a course cancellation, students’ tuition will be refunded or credited. Any fees incurred by students for travel, lodging, etc. will not be reimbursed by The PIT.

The PIT reserves the right to accept or deny any individual’s enrollment.