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Online Joy Of Improv, 1/19

Tuesday 1/19 – Tuesday 2/9

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

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 How To Start An Indie Team, 1/20

Wednesday 1/20 – Wednesday 2/24

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

*prerequisite: completed Level 2 improv or higher Combine forces with improvisers from all over the country to become the newest, virtual indie improv team! Together, you and your new teammates will spend 6 weeks developing a brand new form, performing once a week, and learning all the ins and outs of having a successful virtual indie improv team. This class has an 8 student max capacity and meets every Wednesday evening 6-8pm ET PLUS you will be required to perform every Monday evening at 8:30pm ET (20-25 minute show) on Socially Distant Improv Facebook Live.

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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.

Online Level 1 Improv, 1/20

Wednesday 1/20 – Sunday 2/14

Instructor: Chris Griggs

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 Advanced Dramatic Improv, 1/21

Thursday 1/21 – Friday 2/5

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

(*prerequisite: Approach to Dramatic Improv or equivalent elsewhere) Continue your journey towards a more grounded approach to scene work with this six part, three week class aimed at developing a unique, One Act Play Form specific for you and your classmates. Continue studying point of view driven character objectives and emotional honesty while taking things to a new level; weaving plot and character together to eventually present a completely improvised, 45-50 minute play- beginning, middle, and end, all made up by you and your new team mates! Classes run Thursday and Friday evenings 6-8pm ET with an 8 student max.      

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Online Level 5 Improv: Teach the Teacher! , 1/21

Thursday 1/21 – Thursday 2/18

Instructor: Chris Griggs

“To know, read, to learn, write, to master, teach.” In this class you will continue to study Longform improvisation and be guided by a seasoned instructor as to how to coach improv by running the warm up, running exercises and giving notes on scenes by both side coaching and post scene notes. Taking turns doing that at some point throughout the class.

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In this twelve-part workshop series, we will explore the fundamentals of twelve different improv forms in stand alone, two hour lessons. It is encouraged that students have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of improv (level one or higher) but it is not required. Each session caps at 10 students, so you’ll receive focused notes and plenty of ‘on your feet’ work.  This is a perfect crash course in each of the forms listed below and newer or more experienced improvisers can gain a wealth of knowledge from any form that catches your eye. Enroll in one or two (or all!) and walk away confident with your play in a variety of forms!

This Workshop will be focused on : The Bat - a long form structure performed entirely in the dark (or on Zoom, with our cameras off!)

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Online Improv Workshop: Bull/Matador, 1/23

Saturday 1/23 3:00 pm

Instructor: Chris Griggs

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 The Ultimate Improv Jam, 1/26

Tuesday 1/26 8:00 pm

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

 

A fun way to practice the art of improvisational comedy for all experience levels! Come jam out with other players for 35 minutes of Short Form Games followed by 35 minutes of long form, scene building! Be prepared to have fun in our new virtual world! 

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Online Level 1: Introduction To Improv, 2/2

Tuesday 2/2 – Thursday 2/25

Instructor: Dana Shulman

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 The Ultimate Improv Jam, 2/2

Tuesday 2/2 7:00 pm

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

A fun way to practice the art of improvisational comedy for all experience levels! Come jam out with other players for 35 minutes of Short Form Games followed by 35 minutes of long form, scene building! Be prepared to have fun in our new virtual world!

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Online Level 2 Improv, 2/6

Saturday 2/6 – Saturday 3/27

Instructor: Jenn Bianchi

In level 2 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”. The goal will be to be able to do a first and second beat of a 2 person scene using the tool of a “time-dash” either going forward or backward in time. Personal, truthful, monologues will also be part of the tool box that will benefit all aspects of life and performance. Editing will be introduced so performers know when it’s time to enter a scene and edit a scene with walk on’s and sweep edits.

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Online Joy Of Improv, 2/6

Saturday 2/6 – Saturday 2/27

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

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 Approach To Dramatic Improv, 2/8

Monday 2/8 – Tuesday 2/23

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

*no prerequisite, beginners welcome!

 

While improv is almost exclusively spoken about within the comedic world, improvisation can be a huge asset to dramatic acting. In this six part, three week intensive, we will explore character objectives, fears and desires, emotional commitment, and much more. Think of this as a beginner acting class you don’t have to prep a monologue or scene for. Classes run Monday and Tuesday evenings 6-8pm ET with an 8 student max.

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Online Advanced Dramatic Improv, 2/11

Thursday 2/11 – Friday 2/26

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

*prerequisite: Approach to Dramatic Improv or equivalent elsewhere

 

Continue your journey towards a more grounded approach to scene work with this six part, three week class aimed at developing a unique, One Act Play Form specific for you and your classmates. Continue studying point of view driven character objectives and emotional honesty while taking things to a new level; weaving plot and character together to eventually present a completely improvised, 45-50 minute play- beginning, middle, and end, all made up by you and your new team mates! Classes run Thursday and Friday evenings 6-8pm ET with an 8 student max.

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