The PIT office is located at 123 E 24th St between Park & Lexington.
Office Hours are 10AM-6PM Monday-Friday.

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Staff

Stephen Stout

Stephen Stout

Director of Original Content Development and Production

Stephen Stout is the Director of Original Content Development and Production at The Peoples Improv Theater, having previously served as The PIT’s Artistic Director. He, along with Colin Waitt, produced the original sold out, downtown run of Matt Cox’s Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic at The PIT, and serves as an associate producer on it’s subsequent runs at The Elektra Theater, and New World Stages.

Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge

Artistic Team, Instructor

Sketch Writing, Producing, Youth Classes, Private Coaching

Matt is a director, producer, performer, writer, and proud member of the PIT community. Matt is the supervising producer of Group Kid, a comedy collective producing balls-to-the-wall, immersive, themed sketch shows bimonthly at the PIT.

Matt is also available for private 1:1 coaching! Please email classes@thepit-nyc.com for more info!

Mac Gostow

Mac Gostow

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Mac Gostow has performed and taught musical improvisation for more than 10 years in cities across the country including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Nashville, Philadelphia and Chicago. A comedy school graduate, instructor and Lead Producer at ImprovBoston, Mac was a member of resident casts including The Family Show, All Access Improv and the ImprovBoston Musical AllStars. As a member of Catalyst Comedy, Mac performed with Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project (B.U.M.P.) and was a founding cast member of Dirty Disney and a kid’s musical improv show, Kerplunk. As one half of M&N: Musical Improv Duo, Mac performed over 100 shows and appeared at the Chicago Musical Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival and landed a residency at historic Faneuil Hall. He served as Associate Producer of the Brooklyn Comedy Collective and currently co-produces Blank! The Musical at The Green Room 42 and serves as the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the PIT.

Sunny Atwal

Sunny Atwal

Director of Classes, Instructor

Improv, Public Speaking

Sunny Atwal has over a decade’s worth of public speaking experience. He is a former State Champion in poetry. He has written, acted, and produced several shows for the Indy Fringe festival as well as his own 45 minute Solo Show, Taxi Cab Driver, at SOLOCOM 2019. Sunny has also hosted for the Indy Visitor’s Channel which played throughout Indianapolis hotels explaining tourist attractions.  Additionally, he produces an all South Asian casted Improv Comedy show for The People’s Improv theater.

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Founder of The Peoples Improv Theater

Writing and Auditioning for SNL

Ali Reza Farahnakian was born in Esfahan, Iran in the fall of ‘68. He came to America in the summer of ‘69. He is an immigrant. He is not eligible to seek the office of the presidency in America and is therefore a second class citizen in this country. Maybe that’s why he got into “comedy”. His teachers include Michael McCarthy, Charna Halpern, Del Close, Maryanne Thebus and Wynn Handman. He is an alumnus of ImprovOlympic, The Second City Chicago and SNL. He was a founding member of UCB and The PIT. He has acted at The Steppenwolf, BAM, and Playwrights Horizon. He has been in numerous TV shows, commercials, films and voiceovers. He has been doing this work for over three decades because he loves it and because it doesn’t seem like work. We started The PIT in 2002 in New York City.

You can check out his website at www.AliRezaFarahnakian.com.

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Artistic Team

Stephen Stout

Stephen Stout

Director of Original Content Development and Production

Stephen Stout is the Director of Original Content Development and Production at The Peoples Improv Theater, having previously served as The PIT’s Artistic Director. He, along with Colin Waitt, produced the original sold out, downtown run of Matt Cox’s Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic at The PIT, and serves as an associate producer on it’s subsequent runs at The Elektra Theater, and New World Stages.

Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge

Artistic Team, Instructor

Sketch Writing, Producing, Youth Classes, Private Coaching

Matt is a director, producer, performer, writer, and proud member of the PIT community. Matt is the supervising producer of Group Kid, a comedy collective producing balls-to-the-wall, immersive, themed sketch shows bimonthly at the PIT.

Matt is also available for private 1:1 coaching! Please email classes@thepit-nyc.com for more info!

Classes Team

Sunny Atwal

Sunny Atwal

Director of Classes, Instructor

Improv, Public Speaking

Sunny Atwal has over a decade’s worth of public speaking experience. He is a former State Champion in poetry. He has written, acted, and produced several shows for the Indy Fringe festival as well as his own 45 minute Solo Show, Taxi Cab Driver, at SOLOCOM 2019. Sunny has also hosted for the Indy Visitor’s Channel which played throughout Indianapolis hotels explaining tourist attractions.  Additionally, he produces an all South Asian casted Improv Comedy show for The People’s Improv theater.

Corporate Team

Mac Gostow

Mac Gostow

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Mac Gostow has performed and taught musical improvisation for more than 10 years in cities across the country including Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Nashville, Philadelphia and Chicago. A comedy school graduate, instructor and Lead Producer at ImprovBoston, Mac was a member of resident casts including The Family Show, All Access Improv and the ImprovBoston Musical AllStars. As a member of Catalyst Comedy, Mac performed with Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project (B.U.M.P.) and was a founding cast member of Dirty Disney and a kid’s musical improv show, Kerplunk. As one half of M&N: Musical Improv Duo, Mac performed over 100 shows and appeared at the Chicago Musical Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival and landed a residency at historic Faneuil Hall. He served as Associate Producer of the Brooklyn Comedy Collective and currently co-produces Blank! The Musical at The Green Room 42 and serves as the Director of Corporate Partnerships at the PIT.