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Online Joy Of Improv

Thursday 3/4 – Thursday 3/25

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

Sunday 3/7 – Sunday 4/25

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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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 Level 1 Storytelling

Sunday 3/7 – Sunday 4/25

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 Approach To Dramatic Improv

Monday 3/8 – Tuesday 3/23

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

*no prerequisite, beginners welcome!

 

While improv is almost exclusively spoken about within the comedic world, improvisation can be a huge asset to dramatic acting. In this six part, three week intensive, we will explore character objectives, fears and desires, emotional commitment, and much more. Think of this as a beginner acting class you don’t have to prep a monologue or scene for. Classes run Monday and Tuesday evenings 6-8pm ET with an 8 student max.

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Online Improv Your Life Skills

Monday 3/8 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 1 Improv

Tuesday 3/9 – Thursday 4/1

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 Intro To Self Producing Seminar

Tuesday 3/9 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 Sketch Level 1

Tuesday 3/9 – Tuesday 4/20

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.   

 

Students will write multiple sketches during the course of this class, with a PIT Teacher guiding 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 How To Solo Show

Tuesday 3/9 – Tuesday 4/20

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 Level 3 Stand-Up

Tuesday 3/9 – Tuesday 4/20

Instructor: Stephanie Holmes

Once you start getting booked to do other people’s shows in the world of stand up and you’re adding on to your open mic time, you will be given 7 minutes on their show.  That seven minutes will help you grow to be an opening act.

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Online Level 1 Improv For Pre-Teens (Grades (5-8)

Thursday 3/11 – Thursday 5/20

Instructor: Roy Rodriguez

Discover the joy of creating original funny characters and situations in this afterschool class for students from 5th - 8th grade! Through a mixture of improv games and writing exercises, and through performing for one other, students will learn the basic tools that they need to bring their original, hilarious ideas to life. This class for students of all experience levels is focused on having fun and supporting each other’s ideas, culminating in a presentation of original comedy sketches, written and performed by the students themselves!

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Online Advanced Dramatic Improv

Thursday 3/11 – Friday 3/26

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

*prerequisite: Approach to Dramatic Improv or equivalent elsewhere

 

Continue your journey towards a more grounded approach to scene work with this six part, three week class aimed at developing a unique, One Act Play Form specific for you and your classmates. Continue studying point of view driven character objectives and emotional honesty while taking things to a new level; weaving plot and character together to eventually present a completely improvised, 45-50 minute play- beginning, middle, and end, all made up by you and your new team mates! Classes run Thursday and Friday evenings 6-8pm ET with an 8 student max.

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Online Smartphone Studio

Saturday 3/13 – Sunday 3/14

Instructor: Aubrey Mozino

Learn how to turn the camera you already have in your pocket, into a full fledged production studio! More than ever artists are expected to be multi-hyphenates who can create and produce their own work. We'll walk through shooting with the cinema quality app FilmicPro and editing with professional editing software Final Cut Pro. By the end of these two days you'll have shot and edited your own film! 

 

Technical requirements: iPhone or Android phone with the app FilmicPro ($14.99 available in App Store and Google Play) and a Mac with the capabilities to run Final Cut Pro (a 90 day free trial will be available for download!)

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Online Joy Of Improv

Monday 3/15 – Monday 4/5

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 Your One Person Band

Thursday 3/18 – Thursday 4/22

Instructor: LaGina Hill

 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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Online Fundamentals Of A Form

Saturday 3/20 2:00 pm

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

In this twelve-part workshop series, we will explore the fundamentals of twelve different improv forms in stand alone, two hour lessons. It is encouraged that students have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of improv (level one or higher) but it is not required. Each session caps at 10 students, so you’ll receive focused notes and plenty of ‘on your feet’ work.  This is a perfect crash course in each of the forms listed below and newer or more experienced improvisers can gain a wealth of knowledge from any form that catches your eye. Enroll in one or two (or all!) and walk away confident with your play in a variety of forms! 

Saturday, March 20th 2-4pm ET : Film Noir Movie Form - a long form structure focused on ‘solving’ an audience chosen, genre specific mystery

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Online Stand-Up Drop In

Saturday 3/20 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 Intro To Self Producing Seminar

Tuesday 3/23 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 Improv Workshop: Bull/Matador

Tuesday 3/23 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 Level 2 Improv

Wednesday 3/24 – Wednesday 5/19

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

Wednesday 3/24 – Wednesday 4/28

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 Storytelling

Thursday 3/25 – Thursday 4/15

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 Improv

Thursday 3/25 – Tuesday 4/20

Instructor: Mandy Schmieder

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 Level 2 Improv

Friday 3/26 – Friday 5/21

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 Level 4 Improv

Tuesday 3/30 – Tuesday 5/4

Instructor: Chris Griggs

You will go through the basic forms of improv. Harold without games, Pure Harold,The Deconstruction, The Mono scene. Two weeks will be dedicated to each form and will culminate in doing two class shows.

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