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Online Joy Of Improv, 9/30

Wednesday 9/30 – Wednesday 10/21

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 Joy Of Improv, 10/3

Saturday 10/3 – Saturday 10/24

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

No pressure Improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv. Level 0 means 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 Level 1 for Educators: IMPROV(e) Your ClassZOOM! 10/10

Saturday 10/10 3:00 pm

Instructors: Dana Shulman, Roy Rodriguez

This course is for school teachers that are interested in learning the fundamentals of teaching longform improv to beginning students. The “crash course” will be a 3 hour course followed by a 1 hour show at 7:00 PM featuring our graduates to be streamed on the PIT’s Social Media Accounts. Educators will leave the course with a “TOOL BOX” and Vernacular for teaching improv in any classroom setting! It will not only improve the instructor’s life, but that of all future students. There are 4 Access Scholarship Seats reserved in this class. Apply for an Access Scholarship Seat here: https://form.jotform.com/201536461858056

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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 Approach to Dramatic Improv, 10/12

Monday 10/12 – Tuesday 10/27

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

While improv is almost exclusively spoken about within the comedic world, improvisation can be a huge asset to dramatic acting. In this two hour intensive, we will explore character objective, fears and desires, emotional commitment, and much more. Think of this as an acting class you don’t have to prep a monologue or scene for. 

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Online Remote Level 2 Improv, 10/12

Monday 10/12 – Friday 11/6

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

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 Level 1 Improv, 10/14

Wednesday 10/14 – Wednesday 12/2

Instructor: Kihresha Redmond

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. The class ends with a final remote-graduation performance for friends, family, and others. Spread the Word!

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Online Let’s Get Serious, 10/15

Thursday 10/15 – Thursday 11/19

Instructor: Anoo Tree Brod

Ready to kill it on stage? Let's use quarantine time to become the best improvisers we can be. This class is for experienced improvisers only who want to perfect their craft. Focus will be on scene work, monologues, and duologues as well as copious side-coaching to make you the best improviser you can be.

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Online Level 3 Improv, 10/20

Tuesday 10/20 – Thursday 11/12

Instructor: Mandy Schmieder

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 Fundamentals of a Form, 10/22

Thursday 10/22 – Saturday 11/7

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

In this six-part class, we will explore the fundamentals of six different improv forms. Come out of the quarantine with the knowledge and tools to jump onstage and perform with confidence.  La Ronde, Family Portrait, Slacker, Spokane, Meanwhile, Documentary.

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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 Joy Of Improv, 10/26

Monday 10/26 – Monday 11/16

Instructor: Sunny Atwal

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 Level 1 Improv: Introduction to Improv, 10/27

Tuesday 10/27-Thursday 11/19 (skips 11/3), 6-8pm

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 Approach to Dramatic Improv, 11/30

Monday 11/30 – Tuesday 12/15

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

While improv is almost exclusively spoken about within the comedic world, improvisation can be a huge asset to dramatic acting. In this two hour intensive, we will explore character objective, fears and desires, emotional commitment, and much more. Think of this as an acting class you don’t have to prep a monologue or scene for. 

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Online Level 1 Improv: Introduction to Improv, 11/30

Monday 11/30-Wednesday 12/16, 6-8pm

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 Start an Indie Improv Team, 12/2

Wednesday 12/2 – Wednesday 1/6

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

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 indie improv team. This class meets every Wednesday evening 6-8pm ET PLUS you will be required to perform every Monday evening at 8:30pm ET (25 minute show + notes) on the @SociallyDistantImprov comedy network. Show dates: 12/07, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 01/04, 01/11 at 8:30pm ET on Sociall Distant Improv Network.

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Online Fundamentals of a Form, 12/3

Thursday 12/3 – Saturday 12/19

Instructor: Kimberly Alu

In this six-part class, we will explore the fundamentals of six different improv forms. Come out of the quarantine with the knowledge and tools to jump onstage and perform with confidence.  La Ronde, Family Portrait, Slacker, Spokane, Meanwhile, Documentary.

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