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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)

Alan Kliffer

Alan Kliffer originally hails from Canada, where he worked for the Second City and started his own award-winning theatrical improvisation company Kliffer Entertainment in 2013. Kliffer began teaching improvisation at the young age of 16, and has since taught in Canada and the United States for high schools, colleges, corporations, and recreationally for various improv institutions. He is currently bringing his fully improvised two-act musical ‘The Greatest Musical Never Written’ Off-Broadway in the fall with his mentor Robyn Goodman (Avenue Q, Cinderella, In The Heights), as well as coordinating the High School Improvisation Festival for the NYC Department of Education.

Listen below to hear more about Alan’s teaching style and improv philosophy, and learn more about The PIT in his discussion with PIT Founder Ali Farahnakian.

Ali Farahnakian and Alan Kliffer Talk Improv

Ali Farahnakian and Alan Kliffer Talk Musical Improv

Class Schedule
  Tue 09/10/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 09/17/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 09/24/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 10/01/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 10/08/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 10/15/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 10/22/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 10/29/19   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Mon 11/11/19   7:00pm   The PIT Loft