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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 2 Improv 7-9:30PM EST

Thursday 12/2 – Thursday 2/3

Instructor: Matt Higgins

 

This class will help students take the basic elements of the IMPROV YOUR LIFE™ philosophy learned in Level One and apply them toward building great scenes that engage an audience. Students will leave this level with an understanding of how to make strong initiations, establish who/what/where, heighten the funniest choices and edit scenes.

Students will learn and practice techniques for starting scenes, enhancing and enriching scenes, finding yourself when you feel lost, and creating characters that are completely unique. There will be a final graduation performance at The PIT for friends, family and others.

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In-Person Level 1 Improv 1-3:30PM EST

Sunday 12/5 – Sunday 1/30

Instructor: Lisa Whitten

$295+FEES 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!

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In-Person Level 1 Improv 6:30-9:00PM EST

Tuesday 12/7 – Friday 1/28

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

$295+FEES

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 3 Improv 6:30-9:00PM EST

Wednesday 12/8 – Wednesday 2/2

Instructor: Patrick Williams

Level 3 is perfect for experienced Improvisers who didn't practice during the pandemic & for the online students who want to begin transitioning their skills to in-person. 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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ONLINE Listen Like A Thief Workshop 2-4:00PM EST

Saturday 12/11 2:00 pm

Instructor: Jenn Bianchi

The best way to get out of your own way is to focus on your partner.  "Listen like a thief" will help you believe in your partners deal harder than they can.  When we listen with our whole bodies, not just ears, we will pick on subtle cues to find something wonderful right away and heighten on established patterns.

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In-Person Bull/Matador Workshop 7-9:30PM EST

Tuesday 12/21 – Tuesday 12/28

Instructor: Chris Griggs

$76.59(including fees)

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 Improv Your Life Skills 6:00-8:00 PM EST

Wednesday 1/5 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 So Emotional Workshop 2-4:00PM EST

Saturday 1/8 2:00 pm

Instructor: Jenn Bianchi

Release your inner Whitney Houston and get SOOO EMOTIONAL!  In this workshop we will focus on how to have richer scenes by letting our emotions get the best of us.  Working on high, and low, stakes emotions give a richer character development that leads to relationships that in turn affect the action.  Choosing to make emotional choices versus wacky ones will bring out more unexpected yet real humor to your improv show! 

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