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Voted "Best Improv Classes" by New York Magazine, the PIT Comedy School is dedicated to fostering the art of comedic theater through coursework in Performance, Professional Writing & Production.

Taren Sterry is an ICF certified professional coach who has been teaching improv at the PIT for 15 years. In this small group class, you’ll be guided through some powerful exercises that will help you look at fear and the future in new ways. Get ready for some improv, getting out of your comfort zone, and challenging the ways you automatically relate to life and life’s circumstances so you can move forward powerfully. This class cannot be audited, full on-camera participation is required.

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Remote Fundamentals of a Form 7/16

Thursday 7/16 – Friday 7/31

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

In this class, we will explore the fundamentals of six different improv forms. We will cover these forms: Slacker, La Ronde, Family Portrait, Meanwhile, Documentary Form, Movie Form: Rom Com. Come out of the quarantine with the knowledge and tools to jump onstage and perform with confidence. There will be a grad show at the end of this class!

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Remote Approach to Dramatic Improv 7/20

Monday 7/20 – Tuesday 8/4

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

While improv is almost exclusively spoken about within the comedic world, improvisation can be a huge asset to dramatic acting. In this two hour intensive, we will explore character objective, fears and desires, emotional commitment, and much more. Think of this as an acting class you don’t have to prep a monologue or scene for. There will be a grad show at the end of this class!

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Learn the basics of writing a solo sketch character. This class is ideal for people who want to explore the original characters in their heads with the goal of having a solo show or character reel. By the end of the class, you will have one solid character that you will perform that can be the basis of your future solo character show. Depending on your drive, you may end the class with up to three characters (fully fleshed out or the skeleton/idea). Session One: students will bring three character pitches. We will use improv exercises to initiate character premises based on the pitches and participate in a pitch round table. Session Two (and beyond): we will perform first drafts and get notes. Students will have homework between every session (re-writes, punch ups, or a new/ or previously pitched character). By Session 4: you will decide on one character to take forward to the Grad Performance. Grad Performance: The last week meets twice for a Tech and the live performance.

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Remote Sketch Writing Level 2, 7/23

Thursday 7/23 – Thursday 8/27

Instructor: Matt Prigge

In Sketch Writing Level 2: Building Your Packet, students will utilize the skills developed in "Sketch Writing Level 1" to write sketches in a series of classic formats. Mastering the modern sketch comedy standards -  commercial parodies, character pieces, topical sketches, and many more - is the primary goal of this class, as students will begin to fine-tune and hone their personal sketch comedy voice. By the end of this class, students will have written five original sketches, and will be well on their way to having a polished, professional sketch writing packet. 

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Remote Intro to Stand-Up: The Class 7/25

Saturday 7/25 – Saturday 8/29

Instructor: Chris Griggs

First timers and those just starting out to stand-up welcome! In this class, we will work on the fundamentals of stand-up and developing a 3 minute set. This will all culminate into a live-stream class show for that your friends and family can enjoy! *If you are not interested in participating but still want to sit in and observe the class- register to be an Auditor! Auditors will have their video and audio turned off during class.

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Remote Auditioning for an SNL Type Show 7/27

Monday 7/27 7:00 pm

Instructor: Ali Reza Farahnakian

In July of 1999 I auditioned for SNL. I was at The Second City at the time. I had one week from when I found out to put together 3 characters and 3 impersonations in under 5 minutes to be recorded on the monologue stage at 8H inside 30 Rock. After a day of paralysis and panic, I got to work with my Second City Director Jeff Richmond. What I was able to do there has made all the difference in my life. Don’t wait until you get the call, get ready now. Each student will work on 3 characters, 3 impersonations in 4 minutes or under!

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In this class you will use scene work and group exercises to explore the joy of improvisation, be more confident, trusting and graceful on stage. Learn  “Yes, and…!” until you have to say “No, thank you”. Focus on positive choices to initiate scenes, real-life and character monologues grounded in TRUTH! The PIT’s Intro to Improv class creates a rich and nurturing environment that will benefit your physical, emotional and mental health.  A final, remote, graduation performance at the PIT for friends, family, and others." Spread the Word!

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