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In-Person Improv to Sketch 1-3:30PM EST

Sunday 8/1 – Sunday 9/26

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

Sunday 8/1 – Sunday 9/26

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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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 1 Stand Up 7-9:30PM EST

Sunday 8/1 – Sunday 9/19

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 Stand Up 7-9 PM EST

Wednesday 8/4 – Wednesday 9/8

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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City Artists Corp Grants and the People's Improv Theater are proud to present FREE Improvisation Class with Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon regular and longtime PITizen: Dion Flynn.
 

Saturday August 7th from 1-2:30pm This session is FREE for Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) attendees and anyone negatively affected by COVID
 

Saturday August 7th from 3pm-4:30pm This session is FREE and open to the PUBLIC
 

Please only sign up if you know you can attend! Thanks!
 

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City Artists Corp Grants and the People's Improv Theater are proud to present FREE Improvisation Class with Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon regular and longtime PITizen: Dion Flynn.
 

Saturday August 7th from 1-2:30pm This session is FREE for Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) attendees and anyone negatively affected by COVID
 

Saturday August 7th from 3pm-4:30pm This session is FREE and open to the PUBLIC
 

Please only sign up if you know you can attend! Thanks!
 

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Online Level 3 Improv 7-9 PM EST

Monday 8/9 – Monday 10/11

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

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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In-Person Advanced Sketch(Level 4): Pitch to Product 12:30-3:00PM EST

Saturday 8/14 – Saturday 9/25

Instructor: Sean Christian Taylor

We are going to take your pitch to the final product! Along the way we will learn some fundamentals of production like, finding the game in your script, outlining a shot list, casting, how to market your sketch on social media and more. How do we create a sketch or a show in 2021 with limited time and resources? This class will help answer that! By the end of this class you will have a finished sketch of your own and the confidence to keep creating!

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Online Character Crash Course 1-4PM EST

Saturday 8/14 1:00 pm

Instructor: Jenn Bianchi

We all find ourselves using the same couple of voices and characters  in every show! 
Well, character is more than a weird voice or a wacky catchphrase.  By using speech, movement & attitude, this workshop will build up your creative character-building muscles and help you expand on your instincts.  Change the way you view character work and become uniquely wonderful the moment you hit the stage. Our hope is to help you find at least one new character in our time. 
 

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In-Person Joy of Improv (Level 0) 4-6:30PM EST

Thursday 8/19 – Thursday 9/9

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 Sketch 7-9 PM EST

Thursday 8/19 – Thursday 9/23

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 Level 1 Improv 7-9 PM EST

Thursday 8/19 – Thursday 10/7

Instructor: Christine Piñeiro

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 Improv 4-6:30PM EST

Tuesday 8/24 – Tuesday 10/19

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

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 Improv 7-9:30PM EST

Thursday 8/26 – Thursday 10/28

Instructor: Sarah Nowak

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 West Coast Level 1 Improv 6-8:00PM PST/9-11:00PM EST

Thursday 8/26 – Wednesday 9/22

Instructor: Roy Rodriguez

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 Let’s Get Serious 7-9 PM EST

Thursday 9/2 – Thursday 10/7

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 7-9 PM EST

Tuesday 9/14 – Tuesday 10/19

Instructor: Nicole Korkolis

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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