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Level 1: Introduction To Improv

Focus on the basic tools and building blocks of improvised comedy.

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About the class

This class incorporates scenework, movement-based and group exercises to explore the primary fundamentals of improvisation, making you more confident, trusting and graceful on stage. Learn how to say “yes, and…,” make positive choices, initiate and commit to scenes, heighten, use tag-outs and walk-ons, and deliver real-life monologues.

The PIT’s Introduction to Improv class emphasizes creating a rich environment for your scenes, committing to your decisions and your scene partner and beginning with the body as inspiration. There will be a final graduation performance at the PIT for friends, family, and others.

(Please note all instructors are subject to change without notice)

Patrick McCartney

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.

Class Schedule
  Wed 11/20/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Wed 11/27/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Wed 12/04/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Wed 12/11/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Wed 12/18/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Wed 01/08/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Wed 01/15/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Wed 01/22/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Sat 02/01/20   5:00pm   The Striker Stage 123 E 24th St (b/t Park & Lex) New York, NY 10010