MarbachSmallIt is official: The Philly Improv Theater now has a home! Not only is this great for performers and the comedy loving public, but it’s great for students! Students enrolled in winter session classes will be able to see more shows than they can probably squeeze into their schedule. All within feet of where their class takes place. Thank you to anyone and everyone that came out to our opening weekend or helped out in any way. Also a huge thank you to all students enrolled in winter session classes. You’re already proving to be such a great bunch of people. I’ve enjoyed getting to meet many of you both in person and through the PHIT Training Center Facebook group.

The last of the winter session classes just started Sunday and already it’s time to look ahead to the Spring. With a foot of snow still on the ground that’s not something I mind doing. Just like any sequel there is more of your old favorites as well as some new characters to change things up a bit. Below you’ll find some highlights of the Spring 2014 Session as well as some more great news for students!

We know that putting out money for a class is not an easy thing for everyone to do, so we’re looking to help you out. Starting with the Spring 2014 Session core classes and select electives and workshops will be eligible for a split payments. You will be able to hold a spot in a class during the first several weeks of enrollment with a non-refundable 50% deposit, then you’ll have several more weeks to pay the balance of the regular registration price and secure your space.

When split payments are available this will be indicated next to the price on the class description page and you will see a drop-down menu before the PayPal “Buy Now” button where you’ll have have the option of choosing to pay the full early registration price (saving $50) or making a split payment for the regular registration price for the class. For Spring 2014 classes the payment plan option will only be available until 2/7/2014 and the 2nd payment must be made by 3/7/2014 (once your deposit is received you will be emailed an invoice for your balance that you can pay anytime before the 2nd payment deadline). Please remember, if you choose the split-payment option the first payment is non-refundable should you fail to make the second payment – we will be holding that spot for you and turning other students away should a class become sold-out when we include spots which are being held.

On May 10th-11th Kevin McDonald of Kids In the Hall fame will return to PHIT to teach his very popular Improv to Sketch Master Class. The class will be run over two days and will teach you the process through which he and his KITH brethren created the iconic show. Another bit of good news- the aforementioned payment plan is available for this weekend workshop! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!


Several classes in the winter session had wait lists, so we’re trying to accommodate people by adding a date to Improv 101, Sketch 101, Improv 201 and Improv 301. And yes, that payment plan option is available for core classes! This will most likely ensure that the Dean’s List Student ID bowl will need to be upgraded.

We can also now welcome to the Improv Instructor team, Rob Gentile and to the sketch instructor team, Sean Landis! Rob has been active with PHIT for years now on Mayor Karen and has directed Dr. Sleepover, which you can now catch on Saturday Nights. Sean Landis can be seen on sketch team American Breakfast as well as a writer/performer on PHIT Sketch House Team, The Flat Earth. Whether you are an improv or sketch person you’re in for a treat with either of these guys. Welcome, Rob & Sean!

Comedian, Aaron Hertzog will be leading this workshop that will help you get started in the world of stand-up comedy from absolute beginner advice on stage presence to helping you craft your act. If you’ve been looking to get into stand-up, or already do it and are looking to hone your craft a bit more, this workshop is for you.

Two fantastic electives with two of the best improvisers in Philadelphia! Jess Ross will go through many different scene techniques and help you loosen up and have more fun on stage in her Improvised Scene Study elective. Kristen Schier’s Clowning elective has been talked about for a while, so I’m bumping it up to the Spring session. As she puts it, “It is not essential to have previous experience of this particular way of working but it is necessary to come prepared to fail, make mistakes and laugh at yourself…for it is only by accepting our ridiculousness that we will find and enjoy performing our clowns! All students will receive a complimentary red nose.” A red nose!

With the special guest just announced (and the possibility of more), returning workshops, new electives, practice groups and of course comedy shows now happening at the theater 5 days a week(!) there really is something for everyone at PHIT this Spring. Head on over to our enroll now page and see all that we have to offer. Hope to see you around the theater soon!

Have questions? Send an email to classes@phillyimprovtheater.com

Mike Marbach
PHIT Education Director

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