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Online Joy of Storytelling

Saturday 4/10 – Thursday 5/20

Instructor: Lisa Whitten

No pressure storytelling. Enter the wondrous world of words. This is perfect for the absolute beginner to get acquainted with the art of storytelling. Every week you will mine your memory and share a story in a safe space.  Whether you want to make the audience giggle or gasp, this is the class for you. Please note that there is no graduation show for this class, but feel free to practice telling your story to your friends and family on zoom or at the dinner table.

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Online Intro to Self Producing Seminar

Tuesday 4/13 6:00 pm

Instructors: Matt Prigge, Stephen Stout

Want to start producing your own work, but don't know where to start? Intro to Self-Producing is a series of free workshops facilitated by members of the PIT Artistic Staff that will help you clarify your goals, get organized, and get a plan. Each session is a self-contained workshop meant to help address particular producing challenges and goals, sign up for as many or as few as you like.

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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.

Online Women+ Stand-Up Workshop

Tuesday 4/13 – Tuesday 5/18

Instructor: Christi Chiello

This course is designed to give women+ 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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Online What’s Your Funny

Wednesday 4/14 – Wednesday 5/19

Instructor: David Rey Martinez

Have you ever taken a class and felt like there wasn't enough work done in class?  Or are you fresh to comedy and  want some kind of foundation? Do you want to write in class then share with your classmates or just with your teacher? Do you want a 60 minute private writing session? Also there will be a class show to showcase and to practice the new material.   

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Online Joy of Improv

Saturday 4/17 – Saturday 5/8

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

 

No pressure Improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv- 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of longform improvisation. Every week you will play in a safe and positive class environment with group exercises and scenework. It’s the perfect spoonful of improv, come have a taste! Please note that there is no graduation show for this class.

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Online Stand-Up Drop In

Sunday 4/18 7:00 pm

Instructor: Chris Griggs

 

First timers and those new to stand-up welcome! Wanna write your first joke or work on those jokes you have?  In this drop-in, we focus on joke structure, editing, and polishing. Laughter is healing and let’s make this time productive as well.

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Online Level 3 Improv

Tuesday 4/20 – Tuesday 6/8

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

 

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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Online Intro to Self Producing Seminar

Tuesday 4/20 6:00 pm

Instructors: Matt Prigge, Stephen Stout

Want to start producing your own work, but don't know where to start? Intro to Self-Producing is a series of free workshops facilitated by members of the PIT Artistic Staff that will help you clarify your goals, get organized, and get a plan. Each session is a self-contained workshop meant to help address particular producing challenges and goals, sign up for as many or as few as you like.

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Online Joy of Improv

Tuesday 4/20 – Tuesday 5/11

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

No pressure Improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv- 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of longform improvisation. Every week you will play in a safe and positive class environment with group exercises and scenework. It’s the perfect spoonful of improv, come have a taste! Please note that there is no graduation show for this class.

 

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Online Level 1 Stand Up

Wednesday 4/21 – Wednesday 6/2

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 Let’s Get Serious

Thursday 4/22 – Thursday 5/27

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 Improv

Saturday 4/24 – Saturday 6/12

Instructor: Jenn Bianchi

In level 2 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”. The goal will be to be able to do a first and second beat of a 2 person scene using the tool of a “time-dash” either going forward or backward in time. Personal, truthful, monologues will also be part of the tool box that will benefit all aspects of life and performance. Editing will be introduced so performers know when it’s time to enter a scene and edit a scene with walk on’s and sweep edits.

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Online Level 1 Improv

Sunday 4/25 – Sunday 5/23

Instructor: Chris Griggs

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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Online Improv Your Zoom Meetings

Tuesday 4/27 6:00 pm

Instructor: Taren Sterry

Are you an executive or entrepreneur leading lots of Zoom meetings? 

Are you struggling with keep it focused, engaged and fun? 

 

Let’s face it, some of the Zooms we are on these days are just plain awful!

 

People reading from a script, going over the time limit--participants multitasking, going off camera or just checking out. All of this is downright painful when you’re the facilitator or presenter.

 

Effective Zoomers know that managing the energy of the meeting impacts credibility, engagement and performance.

 

Leading better Zoom Meetings isn’t as hard as you think!! 

 

In this FREE class you’ll learn how to: 

Use YES, AND of improv to engage your audience.

Leave your audience wanting MORE meetings with you. 

 

Taren will also answer your questions to your toughest Zoom challenges. 

 

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Online How To Solo Show

Tuesday 4/27 – Tuesday 6/1

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

 Last year @thepatrickmac wrote and performed the critically acclaimed solo show “Sinister Kid” and directed the highly regarded one woman show “God Girl”. Now he’d like to help you create the story you need to tell. In this six week session you will learn how to write and perform your very own solo show. It will be a process that is as rewarding as it is difficult. We will be vulnerable, find light in the darkness, streamline a usually complicated story and reveal truths about the human condition that can only be touched on in the art of the solo show. For more info on  Patrick McCartney go to www.patmccartney.com

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Online Joy of Improv

Saturday 5/1 – Saturday 5/22

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

 

No pressure Improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv- 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of longform improvisation. Every week you will play in a safe and positive class environment with group exercises and scenework. It’s the perfect spoonful of improv, come have a taste! Please note that there is no graduation show for this class.

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Online Improv Your Public Speaking

Monday 5/3 6:00 pm

Instructor: Taren Sterry

IMPROV YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING

Improv Skills are essential for public speaking.
Being 100% prepared and 100% present are required if you want to leave your audience wanting more.
Whether you are looking to tell a story, educate, or entertain, going “off script” is fun for you and builds trust with your audience.
Improv teaches you how to be a master of going off-script.
In this course you’ll learn:
The basics of improv.
The three ways to set up any presentation.
How to actively engage your audience.
How to effectively handle Q&A.
And more!

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Online Women+ Stand Up Workshop Part 2

Monday 5/3 – Monday 6/14

Instructor: Christi Chiello

 

In this continuation of the Women+ Stand Up Workshop course, expect to polish your existing material, get in depth feedback for auditions and submissions, challenge yourself to expand with various comedic styles, perfect your persona and learn additional skills like hosting and warm-up work. This class is for those comics who have taken the Women+ Workshop course & want to take that elusive "next step" in their comedy careers. How does one go from doing open mics to becoming a professional working comedian? Learn how to build a brand, market yourself, evolve as a professional comedian and get opportunities within the festival circuit and comedy clubs in your city! Included in this course is one 1/2 hour private writing session with Christi.

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Online Improv to Sketch

Monday 5/3 – Friday 5/21

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

We’ll take your characters, premises and totally discovered moments in an improvised  set and turn them into written sketch. We’ll pay close attention to game, how to give and take as a reasonable and unreasonable person and flesh out any and all ideas you have, no matter how off the wall. We will improvise until we turn it into a written tightly wound sketch. The most fun ever. Taught by Patrick McCartney.

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Online Level 1 Sketch

Thursday 5/6 – Thursday 6/10

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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Online Improv Your Life Skills

Monday 5/10 6:00 pm

Instructor: Taren Sterry

Improv teaches us how to say “yes, and”, relate to others as geniuses, and make bold statements to keep things moving forward.

 

What if you could apply these principles to every aspect of your life and business? 

 

Life and business coach Taren Sterry, PCC, will show you how. In this class we’ll combine the fundamentals of improv with the fundamentals of professional coaching in order to move your life and business forward. 

 

You’ll learn: 

How to create opportunities (not “find” them). 

How to use fear as fuel.

How to make powerful choices (even when the future is uncertain). 

 

How to get unstuck in your projects and goals.

 

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Online Level 2 Improv

Monday 5/10 – Monday 7/5

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

In level 2 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”. The goal will be to be able to do a first and second beat of a 2 person scene using the tool of a “time-dash” either going forward or backward in time. Personal, truthful, monologues will also be part of the tool box that will benefit all aspects of life and performance. Editing will be introduced so performers know when it’s time to enter a scene and edit a scene with walk on’s and sweep edits.

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Online Women+ Stand Up Workshop

Wednesday 5/12 – Wednesday 6/16

Instructor: Christi Chiello

This course is designed to give women+ 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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Online Level 1 Improv

Wednesday 5/19 – Wednesday 7/7

Instructor: Jenn Bianchi

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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Online Advanced Acting for Camera

Thursday 6/3 – Thursday 6/24

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

This class will be for students with moderate to advanced level experience of acting that want to learn from PIT acting teacher Patrick McCartney. We will be doing dramatic and comedic scenes with the focus on connecting to the material in honest and vulnerable ways. It’s all about truth and staying challenged. Taking this after taking basic acting is highly recommended.

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