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Online Joy Of Storytelling: Your Story, 12/3

Thursday 12/3 – Thursday 12/24

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 Fundamentals of a Form, 12/3

Thursday 12/3 – Saturday 12/19

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

In this six-part class, we will explore the fundamentals of six different improv forms. Come out of the quarantine with the knowledge and tools to jump onstage and perform with confidence.  La Ronde, Family Portrait, Slacker, Spokane, Meanwhile, Documentary.

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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 Intro To Self Producing Seminar, 12/3

Thursday 12/3 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 Stand-Up Drop In, 12/4

Friday 12/4 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 Remote Level 1 For Educators, 12/5

Saturday 12/5 3:00 pm

Instructors: Dana Shulman, Roy Rodriguez

This course is for school teachers that are interested in learning the fundamentals of teaching longform improv to beginning students. The “crash course” will be a 3 hour course ending with a 1 hour show featuring our graduates to be streamed on The PIT’s Social Media Accounts. Educators will leave the course with a “TOOL BOX” and Vernacular for teaching improv in any classroom setting! It will not only Improve the instructors life, but that of all future students. Livestream show on 12/5 @ 7:00pm on the PIT's FB page.

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Online Level 1 Stand Up, 12/6

Sunday 12/6 – Sunday 1/10

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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Online Small Group Coaching, 12/8

Tuesday 12/8 6:00 pm

Instructor: Taren Sterry

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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Online Sketch Level 1, 12/8

Tuesday 12/8 – Tuesday 1/12

Instructor: LaGina Hill

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.

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Online Let’s Get Serious, 12/8

Tuesday 12/8 – Tuesday 12/29

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 Stand-Up, 12/10

Thursday 12/10 – Thursday 1/21

Instructor: Stephanie Holmes

Now that you’ve done your first three minutes in front of a live audience it’s time to build on that towards your 5 minutes. If you look up first time appearances of all your favorite stand ups on late night tv from Carson to now, it will generally be around 5 minutes. A tight 5 minutes can take you a long way!

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Online Triple Threat Artistry, 12/13

Sunday 12/13 – Sunday 1/10

Instructor: Adrianna Mateo

This course is taught by new PIT teaching artist Adrianna Mateo (@adriannamateo). What’s it like to perform solos on Broadway, act onstage at the Met Opera, and record original music with a Grammy-nominated, Top 40 artist team? Have you ever wondered how to open for Alicia Keys, act on HBO, or sing on MTV - without an audition? Triple Threat Artistry with Adrianna Mateo examines what it means to be a multifaceted artist in today’s world. In this class, you'll stretch and develop multiple talents as an intuitive expansion of your “Artistic North," creating powerful work that truly reflects yourself. Finished audiovisual projects may incorporate singing, instrumental playing, acting, dance/movement, composition, story/narrative, or other talents explored over the four-week course.

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Online Level 1 Improv, 12/16

Wednesday 12/16 – Wednesday 2/3

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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Online Intro To Self Producing Seminar, 12/17

Thursday 12/17 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 The Suggestion: A Breakdown, 12/17

Thursday 12/17 6:00 pm

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

In this class we will explore and deconstruct audience suggestions. We'll go over first, second, and third thought breakdowns and how to best apply them to scene work. So when someone suggests pineapple for the 3rd week in a row, you'll always have something new to explore.

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Online Improv Workshop: Bull/Matador, 12/17

Thursday 12/17 7:00 pm

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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Online Joy Of Improv, 12/19

Saturday 12/19 – Saturday 1/9

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 Level 2 Improv, 12/20

Sunday 12/20 – Sunday 2/7

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

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 3 Improv, 12/20

Sunday 12/20 – Wednesday 1/13

Instructor: Chris Griggs

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 Joy Of Improv, 12/28

Monday 12/28 – Monday 1/18

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 How To Solo Show, 12/29

Tuesday 12/29 – Tuesday 2/2

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/Digital Packet Video Editing for the Comedian, 1/4

Monday 1/4 – Monday 1/25

Instructor: Dante Giannetta

Want to take your comedy to the next level in this new digital age? We’re all tired  of Zoom sketches.   You know you're funny, but when you edit your bits, you realize they're not packing the same punch as you hoped. This course provides you with the tools to give your bits the production value they deserve. Video Editing for the Comedian, walks you through basic editing workflows and more advanced techniques, to maximize your comedic potential. All you need is a pre-written character monologue or sketch and the willingness to learn! No prior editing experience required! *Students must be available for an initial Introduction Zoom Call on the first day of class. The Zoom call will be from 7:00pm-8:00pm*

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Online Level 1 Improv, 1/5

Tuesday 1/5 – Thursday 1/28

Instructor: Dana Shulman

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 The Ultimate Improv Jam, 1/5

Tuesday 1/5 8:00 pm

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

A fun way to practice the art of improvisational comedy for all experience levels! Come jam out with other players for 35 minutes of Short Form Games followed by 35 minutes of long form, scene building! Be prepared to have fun in our new virtual world!

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Online Level 2 Improv, 1/6

Wednesday 1/6 – Wednesday 2/24

Instructor: Dana Shulman

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 What’s Your Funny, 1/6

Wednesday 1/6 – Wednesday 2/10

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 Level 1 Stand-Up, 1/6

Wednesday 1/6 – Wednesday 2/10

Instructor: Nicole Korkolis

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 Stand-Up Drop In, 1/9

Saturday 1/9 3:00 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 1 Storytelling, 1/10

Sunday 1/10 – Sunday 2/14

Instructor: Lisa Whitten

In this class, you will take moments from your past and bring them to life.  Jump right into the craft of storytelling!  From clearly establishing the arc of a story to using dialogue to create character, learn how to keep the audience completely gripped.  In a nurturing space, receive feedback that will boost your confidence and skill as a storyteller.  You will share one story at a final, remote, graduation performance at The PIT for your friends, family, and others.   

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Online Level 5 Improv: Teach the Teacher! , 1/11

Monday 1/11 – Monday 2/8

Instructor: Chris Griggs

“To know, read, to learn, write, to master, teach.” In this class you will continue to study Longform improvisation and be guided by a seasoned instructor as to how to coach improv by running the warm up, running exercises and giving notes on scenes by both side coaching and post scene notes. Taking turns doing that at some point throughout the class.

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Online Consistency Is Key, 1/12

Tuesday 1/12 – Tuesday 2/16

Instructor: Jenn Bianchi

How do you become the player that *everyone* wants to be in scenes with? It is not being the funniest one on stage, but rather being a consistently great teammate. Using the fundamental building blocks of improv you can be a strong player with a consistent method of play. This six-week class focuses on finding the fun by listening, making bold choices, and treating your partner like a genius.

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Online The Ultimate Improv Jam, 1/12

Tuesday 1/12 8:00 pm

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

  A fun way to practice the art of improvisational comedy for all experience levels! Come jam out with other players for 35 minutes of Short Form Games followed by 35 minutes of long form, scene building! Be prepared to have fun in our new virtual world! 

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Online Joy Of Storytelling: Your Story, 1/14

Thursday 1/14 – Thursday 2/4

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 Level 1 Stand-Up, 1/17

Sunday 1/17 – Sunday 2/21

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 Improv, 1/20

Wednesday 1/20 – Sunday 2/14

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 Workshop: Bull/Matador, 1/23

Saturday 1/23 3:00 pm

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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Online The Ultimate Improv Jam, 1/26

Tuesday 1/26 8:00 pm

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

  A fun way to practice the art of improvisational comedy for all experience levels! Come jam out with other players for 35 minutes of Short Form Games followed by 35 minutes of long form, scene building! Be prepared to have fun in our new virtual world! 

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