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Online Level 1 Improv: Introduction to Improv, 9/29

Tuesday 9/29-Thursday 10/22, 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 West Coast Friendly: Level 1 Improv, 9/29

Tuesday 9/29-Thursday 10/22 9:00pm-11:00pm

Instructor: Dana Shulman

West Coast Friendly times! 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 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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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 Womxn’s Stand Up: Part 2, 9/30

Wednesday 9/30 – Wednesday 10/21

Instructor: Christi Chiello

In this continuation of the Womxn's Stand Up Workshop course, expect to polish your existing material, get in depth feedback for auditions and submissions, challenge yourself to expand with various comedic styles, perfect your persona and learn additional skills like hosting and warm-up work. This class is for those comics who have taken the Womxn's Workshop course & want to take that elusive "next step" in their comedy careers. How does one go from doing open mics to becoming a professional working comedian? Learn how to build a brand, market yourself, evolve as a professional comedian and get opportunities within the festival circuit and comedy clubs in your city! Included in this course is one 1/2 hour private writing session with Christi. A limited number of gratis seats are available. Please apply here: https://form.jotform.com/201536461858056

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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 Stand-Up: Introduction to Stand-Up, 10/4

Sunday 10/4 – Sunday 11/8

Instructor: Chris Griggs

There’s nothing more exhilarating than performing stand up comedy, it can be intimidating.  More of a guide than a conventional class, this goal-oriented program will get you up there doing stand up for the first time. You will come out of this class with disciplined writing tools, informative personal feedback and important advice, as you begin your stand up comedy journey. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced in other walks of comedy life, this class is for you. Class culminates in an online stand-up show, where students present their first 3 minutes of material.

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Online Scene Study From The BIPOC Viewpoint, 10/6

Tuesday 10/6 – Tuesday 11/10

Instructor: Geovonday Jones

Open to all levels, from intermediate to professional actors. In this unapologetic class you will develop a practical system of preparation, script analysis, rehearsing, and performing scenes from an exclusively BIPOC list of playwrights. Using an action-based technique, you will work to find authenticity, truth, and honesty in scene work and performance, whether it’s for theatre, film, or TV. Also, acting exercises, character work, and actioning techniques will be used to further strengthen the actor’s performance. Rehearsals with scene partners outside of class is a requirement. Scenes are presented in class for feedback and coaching. 4 Access Scholarship Seats will be reserved in this class. Please apply here to reserve a seat: https://form.jotform.com/201536461858056  

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Online Joy of Stand Up: Open Enrollment, 10/6

Tuesday 10/6 – Tuesday 10/27

Instructor: Christi Chiello

Dip your toe into the world of stand up comedy- 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of stand up. Every week you will learn fundamentals, workshop material & experiment in a safe and positive class environment. Please note that there is no graduation show for this class.

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Online How To Solo Show, 10/6

Tuesday 10/6 – Tuesday 11/10

Instructor: Patrick McCartney

Last year @thepatrickmac wrote and performed the critically acclaimed solo show Sinister Kid and directed the highly regarded one woman show God Girl. Now he’d like to help you create the story you need to tell. In this six week session you you will learn how to write and perform your very own solo show. It will be a process that is as rewarding as it is difficult. We will be vulnerable, find light in the darkness, streamline a usually complicated story and reveal truths about the human condition that can only be touched on in the art of the solo show. For more info on Patrick McCartney go to www.patmccartney.com

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Online Character Videos & Digital Presence, 10/7

Wednesday 10/7 – Wednesday 11/11

Instructor: Magda Cychowski

Learn how to write, shoot, and  edit your own front-facing character videos in the new "age" of digital comedy! At the end of this class, you'll have one edited video, as well as the tools to keep creating. In addition, you'll learn tips and tricks for building a website, adding subtitles, putting together a reel and where/how to submit for auditions during this uncertain time.

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Online Level 1 Storytelling, 10/8

Thursday 10/8 – Thursday 11/12

Instructor: Lisa Whitten

In this class, you will take moments from your past and bring them to life.  Jump right into the craft of storytelling!  From clearly establishing the arc of a story to using dialogue to create character, learn how to keep the audience completely gripped.  In a nurturing space, receive feedback that will boost your confidence and skill as a storyteller.  You will share one story at a final, remote, graduation performance at The PIT for your friends, family, and others.  

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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.  A final, remote, graduation performance at the PIT for friends, family, and others.” Spread the Word!

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Online Level 2 Stand-Up, 10/14

Wednesday 10/14 – Wednesday 11/18

Instructor: Nicole Korkolis

Now that you’ve done your first three minutes in front of a live audience, it’s time to build on that towards your 5 minutes. If you look up first time appearances of all your favorite stand ups on Late Night TV from Carson to now, it will generally be around 5 minutes. A tight 5 minutes can take you a long way!

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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 Joy Of Storytelling: Your Story, 10/19

Monday 10/19 – Monday 11/9

Instructor: Lisa Whitten

No pressure storytelling. Enter the wondrous world of words. This is perfect for the absolute beginner to get acquainted with the art of storytelling. Every week you will mine your memory and share a story in a safe space.  Whether you want to make the audience giggle or gasp, this is the class for you. Please note that there is no graduation show for this class, but feel free to practice telling your story to your friends and family on zoom or at the dinner table.

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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 Sketch Level 3, 10/21

Wednesday 10/21 – Wednesday 12/9

Instructor: LaGina Hill

In Sketch Writing Level 3, students will apply the sketch fundamentals from the previous levels toward some of the more advanced forms of sketch writing, and will then compose the sketches they write into a cohesive sketch show.   For the first four sessions, students will sharpen their individual comedic voice by tackling a series of challenging sketch writing assignments, covering such topics as satire, experimental sketch, and others. The final four sessions will be devoted to assembling these sketches into a sketch show with a distinctive comedic point of view - topics will include transitions, recurring sketches, and framing devices.

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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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Online Auditioning Techniques, 10/24

Saturday 10/24 – Saturday 11/28

Instructor: Geovonday Jones

All levels welcome. For both stage and on-camera audition tips and techniques. This class is designed to help the actor approach auditions and callbacks with confidence and a skillful approach to the work. Learn the tools needed to tackle monologues, audition sides, cold readings, interviews, and more. Learn the skills used to combat fear and anxiety that comes with auditioning. Learn how to use what you’ve got and make it work for you. Learn how to search for and book auditions, agents, managers, and more. Come to the first day with a memorized monologue for immediate coaching and your most recent headshot and resume for feedback.  4 seats in this class will be reserved for Access Scholarship Students. Please apply here: https://form.jotform.com/201536461858056

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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 Sketch Level 2, 10/27

Tuesday 10/27 – Tuesday 12/8

Instructor: Matt Prigge

In Sketch Writing Level 2: Building Your Packet, students will utilize the skills developed in "Sketch Writing Level 1" to write sketches in a series of classic formats. Mastering the modern sketch comedy standards -  commercial parodies, character pieces, topical sketches, and many more - is the primary goal of this class, as students will begin to fine-tune and hone their personal sketch comedy voice.   By the end of this class, students will have written five original sketches, and will be well on their way to having a polished, professional sketch writing packet.

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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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