As the scope of live comedy in Philadelphia continues to expand, PHIT strives to create opportunities for the growing numbers of sketch writers throughout the city. With this mission in mind, it is with incredible excitement that I would like to announce that PHIT will be casting two new sketch house teams in the coming months, allowing two groups to grow and develop together and create content that will fit nicely along the current sketch house team roster of The Flat Earth, Dog Mountain, and Goat Rodeo.
One of the two sketch teams will be a live sketch team – joining The Flat Earth, Dog Mountain, and Goat Rodeo amongst our roster of live teams – and the other will be something brand new for the Theater – a digital sketch team! The digital sketch team will be dedicated to the writing and filming of video sketches. We’re also happy to announce that we’ve got two fantastic directors on board for the new teams – the live team will be directed by Brian Rumble, and the digital team will be directed by Jon Plester.
Sketch house team writers will meet weekly with a director with the goal of creating new shows at a consistent rate. Sketch house teams will be given a two-week headlining sketch slot at PHIT, totaling four performances of the show, every four months. PHIT is looking for writers who can think outside the box, surprise the audience, and most importantly – make people laugh.
“Gee, this sure is great! But how can I submit?”
That’s a fantastic question! Here is what you need to submit to be considered for one of the upcoming Sketch teams:
- A Submission packet in PDF format WITHOUT YOUR NAME OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON IT.
- The submission packet must be in PDF format
- Packet should consist of no more than 3 sketches or 10 pages (whichever comes first)
- The packet should also include 15 sketch pitches (this does not count towards the 10 pages)
- Complete the Sketch House Team Packet Submission Form.
We ask that all writers submitting packets are either enrolled in or have completed Sketch 101 at the Philly Improv Theater. Writers who haven’t completed Sketch 101 can still apply with permission from the Artistic Director.
All necessary materials, (The packet, in PDF format, and a submitted Packet Form) to SketchPackets@phillyimprovtheater.com by 11:59 PM on April 30th. Please use the subject line “Sketch Submission Packet – [FULL NAME]” when e-mailing the PDF.
If you are interested in working with the digital sketch team as a crew member, but not as a writer, please complete the Digital House Team Crew Application Form.
If you are interested in acting for a sketch team but not writing, keep an eye out for sketch acting auditions, which will be happening in early summer!
With all the talent currently in Philadelphia, I cannot begin to imagine just how talented the groups we’re going to assemble will be. We look forward to seeing your submissions and adding two new groups to the growing PHIT House Team Roster!