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Remote Intro to Public Speaking, 8/17

Monday 8/17 – Monday 9/21

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

There is an art to public speaking that can bring out new versions of the self that most people can't begin to imagine. Whether you are terrified, interested, or love stage time, this public speaking class will push you to new limits and build new levels of confidence in your everyday conversations or your next big public speech. We will focus on how to keep audience attention with introductions, delivery, and purpose.

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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.

Remote Intro to Self-Producing Seminar, 8/17

Monday 8/17 7:00 pm

Instructors: Will Purpura, Matt Prigge

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 From Actor to Director, 8/18

Tuesday 8/18 7:00 pm

Instructor: Joe Whelski

For actors who want to become directors, Joe takes you through the skills needed to tell your stage or cinema story and communicate your ideas clearly to your actors. You will learn the techniques that allow your actors both the structure and artistic freedom they need to create dynamic performances. You’ll also leave with a PDF packet containing all the notes, links and resources we go over in the workshop.

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Remote Remote Level 3 Improv, 8/18

Tuesday 8/18 – Thursday 9/10

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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Remote Let’s Get Physical, 8/20

Thursday 8/20 – Thursday 10/8

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

Some of the best characters and scene work are created through physicality. That’s why in this class we are going to explore how to use movement and specificity of the body to create richer scenes and characters. This class is great for people looking to add more to their improv toolbox.

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Remote Film School In A Night, 8/20

Thursday 8/20 7:00 pm

Instructor: Joe Whelski

Learn all the steps from A to Z of creating, directing and producing your own film! Award winning NYC Director Joe Whelski has written, directed and produced local and national commercials, web series, and short and feature films— and his latest commercial features legendary comedian John Cleese. In this jam packed, one night workshop, Joe will teach you every phase of creating your own film. From Script to Screen, he will break down the entire filmmaking process: Conceiving film worthy ideas, script formatting, storyboarding, the importance of insurance and liability, location scouting, casting, assembling your crew, knowing your camera, light and sound options, directing your actors for the camera, editing, and post-production workflow, sound design, mixing, and film scoring, marketing your film, applying for film festivals and distribution. All students will receive class notes in the form of a PDF, so you’ll leave this workshop with a master blueprint on how to create your own independent film or video!

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Remote Joy of Improv, 8/20

Thursday 8/20 – Thursday 9/10

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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Remote Intro to Self-Producing Seminar, 8/24

Monday 8/24 7:00 pm

Instructors: Stephen Stout, Emily Asaro

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 Connect to Your Co-Workers, 8/24

Monday 8/24 – Monday 9/14

Instructor: Mandy Schmieder

Learn how to connect to those faces in those squares on your computer screen! This class will take the principles of improv and gear them towards your work, and more specifically, Zoom-life. This class is great for beginners who want to be more comfortable in front of the camera. We'll focus on presentation, team-building, and getting the most out of your virtual meetings. Learn how to create a supportive and collaborative environment and have fun doing it!   Length of class may vary based on amount of students enrolled. Up to teacher's discretion.

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Remote Write Your Own Screenplay, 8/25

Tuesday 8/25 7:00 pm

Instructor: Joe Whelski

Have a great idea for a screenplay but don’t know where to start? In this course, I take you through every step needed to start on the journey of writing your own screenplay. We’ll get specific on: Genre, audience, where the movie can live, how it can be marketed, is it an indie or Hollywood film, best screenplay databases for Hollywood scripts, key industry books for best practices, looking at software options, script formatting rules, looking at a writing schedule that is productive and works for your schedule, the credits of a screenplay and what they can mean from a compensation standpoint, and more. You get the links, resources, and knowledge so you can dive in right away!

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Online Fundamentals Of A Form, 8/27

Thursday 8/27 – Thursday 9/17

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. Enroll in all six for a discounted price or enroll in one, two, three- however many you’re interested in! La Ronde Family portrait Slacker Spokane Meanwhile Documentary

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Remote Script Analysis for Actors, 8/27

Thursday 8/27 7:00 pm

Instructor: Joe Whelski

Utilizing over 20 plus years of professional acting experience on stage, TV, film, and new media—and over 16 years of directing and producing, Joe will share his master checklist that guides him through breaking down acting roles, in a succinct and efficient manner. This method is also ideal for TV and film auditions, where you have to break down the script and self-tape within a tight turnaround time.

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Online Approach To Dramatic Improv, 8/31

Monday 8/31 – Tuesday 9/15

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. 

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Remote Intro to Self-Producing Seminar, 8/31

Monday 8/31 7:00 pm

Instructors: Stephen Stout, Matt Prigge

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 Level 1 Improv: Introduction To Improv, 9/1

Tuesday 9/1 – Thursday 9/24

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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From Actor To Director, 9/1 Online

Tuesday 9/1 7:00 pm

Instructor: Joe Whelski

For actors who want to become directors, Joe takes you through the skills needed to tell your stage or cinema story and communicate your ideas clearly to your actors. You will learn the techniques that allow your actors both the structure and artistic freedom they need to create dynamic performances. You’ll also leave with a PDF packet containing all the notes, links and resources we go over in the workshop. 

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Online Let’s Get Serious, 9/3

Thursday 9/3 – Thursday 10/1

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 1 Stand-Up: Introduction To Stand-Up, 9/12

Saturday 9/12 – Saturday 10/17

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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