About the class
In this class we create original scenes through improvisation. The first three weeks will be about improvising together as a group and the second half will be spent refining ideas the teacher chooses to refine and putting them to paper as we prepare two shows for the public. It’s a Second City style approach taught by Second City vet and current member on the legendary improv group Centralia, Patrick McCartney.
In the improv we will stay focused on heightening, finding the unusual thing character and making each other look good.
In the sketch portion of the class we will learn how to write together and how to approach professional performance in an improvisational way.
It’s a fun, supportive environment that is for improvisers, actors or writers with at least a level 2 improv experience. We have two shows that will each serve as part of the learning experience.
There will be 2 graduation shows for this class.
Prerequisite: Level 2: Introduction to Scenework
Patrick McCartney is an actor and Improviser. He got his start in Chicago in the late 1990’s where he studied with Del Close and Mick Napier. He spent two years in Chicago’s Second City Touring Company Blue Co where he toured the country with Ali Farahnakian, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. His love of the theater kept him working steadily in plays outside of the world of improv. He was a member of Chicago’s Center Theater Ensemble and did plays at Stage Left, Steppenwolf and The Bailiwick. He moved to LA briefly where he studied with Ivana Chubbuck. In NYC he became a regular at ASSSSCAT and a teacher at the first UCB space. He was a member of Shira Piven’s Water Ensemble where he starred in Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Pilgrims” at the Tribeca Playhouse. He was an original member of the improv groups “Centralia” and “Beer. Shark. Mice.” He’s done television and film including “Elf”, “Conan O’Brien”, “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy” and “Law and Order”. He has recently returned to the world of improv and has been teaching at the PIT. Patrick is a member of Centralia who perform Saturday nights at the PIT Loft. Patrick’s solo show about addiction and recovery “Sinister Kid” is currently playing at the Pit loft on Friday nights.
Stay updated on all things Patrick at www.patmccartney.com
Listen below to hear more about Patrick’s teaching style and improv philosophy, and to learn more about The PIT in his discussion with PIT Founder Ali Farahnakian.