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ONLINE Let’s Get Serious 7:00-9:00PM EST

Thursday 10/21 – Thursday 12/2

Instructor: Anoo Tree Brod

Ready to kill it on stage? Let's use quarantine time to become the best improvisers we can be. This class is for experienced improvisers only who want to perfect their craft. Focus will be on scene work, monologues, and duologues as well as copious side-coaching to make you the best improviser you can be. 

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ONLINE Level 2 Sketch 7-9:00PM EST

Monday 10/25 – Monday 11/29

Instructor: Kaili Y. Turner

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 Classes Added

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.

In-Person Level 2 Improv 4:00-6:30PM EST

Tuesday 10/26 – Tuesday 12/21

Instructor: Mandy Schmieder

 

This class will help students take the basic elements of the IMPROV YOUR LIFE™ philosophy learned in Level One and apply them toward building great scenes that engage an audience. Students will leave this level with an understanding of how to make strong initiations, establish who/what/where, heighten the funniest choices and edit scenes.

Students will learn and practice techniques for starting scenes, enhancing and enriching scenes, finding yourself when you feel lost, and creating characters that are completely unique. There will be a final graduation performance at The PIT for friends, family and others.

(Please note all instructors are subject to change without notice)

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In-Person Level 1 Improv 4-6:30PM EST

Thursday 10/28 – Thursday 12/30

Instructor: Sarah Morgan Ashey

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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In-Person Level 1 Stand Up 2-4:30PM EST

Friday 10/29 – Friday 12/10

Instructor: Chris Griggs

 

There’s nothing more exhilarating than performing stand up comedy, it can be intimidating.  More of a guide than a conventional class, this goal-oriented program will get you up there doing stand up for the first time. You will come out of this class with disciplined writing tools, informative personal feedback and important advice, as you begin your stand up comedy journey. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced in other walks of comedy life, this class is for you. Class culminates in an online stand-up show, where students present their first 3 minutes of material.

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In-Person Improv for Teens 1-3:30PM EST

Sunday 10/31 – Sunday 12/12

Instructor: Lisa Whitten

Jump into the magical world of improvisation in this afterschool class for students ages 13-17! Much like The PIT’s Remote Level 1 course for adults, pre teen students will grow in confidence through monologues, short form improv games and long form improv sets. At the end of the course, students will leave with a toolkit of skills that will help them succeed on stage, in the classroom IRL &  On-line, and beyond! Great way to meet like minded humans in a fun and nurturing environment. “Yes, and...!” until you need to say “No,Thank You.” 

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ONLINE Womxn+ Stand-up Workshop 7:00-9:30PM EST

Tuesday 11/2 – Tuesday 12/14

Instructor: Christi Chiello

This course is designed to give womxn+ the opportunity to securely develop their comedy chops in a safe, engaging & supportive environment. Classes will serve as a laboratory for creating original stand-up material while discovering your truth and voice. Students will learn how to translate their ideas into a crafted 5 minute set through proper joke structure, writing & editing techniques, all while developing a commitment to their own, unique sense of humor! Students are encouraged to experiment outside their comfort zone and take risks by being specific, vulnerable and having a strong point of view. This class is NOT anti-male nor should it be used to surpass months of open mics. But it will give you the tools you need to both build confidence in the choices you make & in your creative ideas on and off the stage. Course is open to all levels & beginners are welcome!

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In-Person Level 1 Improv 6:30-9:00PM EST

Wednesday 11/3 – Friday 1/7

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

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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In-Person Bull/Matador Workshop 7-9:30PM EST

Thursday 11/11 – Thursday 11/18

Instructor: Chris Griggs

Bull/Matador (created by former Pitizen Matt Donnelly) is a signature improv scene technique that gets performers out of their heads by reacting to body language rather than over thinking about the dialogue. We’re also going to explore game of the improv scene and how to use it in scene-work. We’ll cover heightening, finding it, playing multiple games at once. Great workshop for those new to playing game and improvisers wanting to brush up their skills.

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In-Person Level 1 Sketch 7-9:30PM EST

Thursday 11/11 – Thursday 12/30

Instructor: Sean Christian Taylor

In Sketch Writing Level 1: The Basics of Sketch, students will develop the fundamental skills they need to start writing original comedy sketches. Build your sketch toolkit with the essentials - how to come up with a sketch idea, how to employ classic sketch structure, how to create memorable characters, how to clearly communicate your ideas to your audience.   

 

Students will write multiple sketches during the course of this class, with PIT Teacher will guide them through every step of the process with positive, hands-on instruction. 

 

Feedback and collaboration are central to this class that is appropriate for brand new sketch writers, writers who have already completed "Joy of Sketch," or writers with some sketch experience who want to get back to basics.

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In-Person Level 5 Improv 7-9:30PM EST

Tuesday 11/16 – Tuesday 1/11

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

In level 5 you will be elevating the all the things you have learned and turning your improv into an art form. You will practice slower scenes, new forms, mirror/ transformation and be empowered to create your own form as a group. You will learn how to approach the work in a fearless and joyful way. This is the culmination of it all

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Online Level 1 Stand Up (Online) 7-9 PM EST

Wednesday 11/17 – Wednesday 12/29

Instructor: Chris Griggs

There’s nothing more exhilarating than performing stand up comedy, it can be intimidating.  More of a guide than a conventional class, this goal-oriented program will get you up there doing stand up for the first time. You will come out of this class with disciplined writing tools, informative personal feedback and important advice, as you begin your stand up comedy journey. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced in other walks of comedy life, this class is for you. Class culminates in an online stand-up show, where students present their first 3 minutes of material.

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Online Level 1 Sketch 7-9:00PM EST

Thursday 12/2 – Thursday 1/13

Instructor: Scott Kremer

In Sketch Writing Level 1: The Basics of Sketch, students will develop the fundamental skills they need to start writing original comedy sketches. Build your sketch toolkit with the essentials - how to come up with a sketch idea, how to employ classic sketch structure, how to create memorable characters, how to clearly communicate your ideas to your audience.   

 

Students will write multiple sketches during the course of this class, with PIT Teacher will guide them through every step of the process with positive, hands-on instruction. 

 

Feedback and collaboration are central to this class that is appropriate for brand new sketch writers, writers who have already completed "Joy of Sketch," or writers with some sketch experience who want to get back to basics.

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In-Person Level 2 Improv 7-9:30PM EST

Thursday 12/2 – Thursday 2/3

Instructor: Matt Higgins

 

This class will help students take the basic elements of the IMPROV YOUR LIFE™ philosophy learned in Level One and apply them toward building great scenes that engage an audience. Students will leave this level with an understanding of how to make strong initiations, establish who/what/where, heighten the funniest choices and edit scenes.

Students will learn and practice techniques for starting scenes, enhancing and enriching scenes, finding yourself when you feel lost, and creating characters that are completely unique. There will be a final graduation performance at The PIT for friends, family and others.

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In-Person Level 3 Improv 6:30-9:00PM EST

Wednesday 12/8 – Wednesday 2/2

Instructor: Patrick Williams

Level 3 is perfect for experienced Improvisers who didn't practice during the pandemic & for the online students who want to begin transitioning their skills to in-person. In level 3 you will continue to focus on strong listening and reacting without interrupting your scene partner. Making sure “the beginning  of your sentence doesn’t get in the way of the middle of theirs.” You will reinforce saying “Yes, and...!” Until you have to say “no thank you.” Work on the first, second and third beats of two-person scenes as well as continuing to focus on editing by following your foot connected to your gut and heart to edit scenes at the height. Learn how to “heighten and tighten” a scene organically glued in reality to create “win-win” fun scenes to play to entertain yourself and others while “treating your partner like a genius”  

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