Perform on Stage

So you want to be a star on our stage? There are lots of opportunities to perform at PHIT! Read on for more details on what is out there and how you can try to participate – just look for the bold heading that best describes what you have in mind…

 

I want to perform on the PHIT Comedy stage and I’m not part of any group at the moment…

Come to one of our free weekly Improv Jam or Sketch Up or Shut Up (our free monthly sketch comedy open mic)!

You could also consider coming to Frankenstein (every 2nd and 4th Friday at 7:30 p.m., check the Calendar for exact dates) – if you have a few friends and a crazy idea for an improv show you just turn up and drop the idea and people involved in a pot from the time the house opens until the show starts… then hope hosts pick your idea to be performed on the spot in the middle of the show.

Last, but certainly not least, you could sign up to participate in Up All Night – a monthly improv to sketch comedy writing experience, where random members of the PHIT community who are taking sketch classes or interested in writing sketch are assembled into a team and work with a mentor to create sketch comedy showcase in just 24-hours. Up All Night takes place the first Friday of each month.

I have an established sketch show or improv group that wants to perform on a booked show at the theater and experience the fame and glory that comes with such an opportunity…

Sketch acts should contact PHIT’s Sketch Producer to discuss upcoming performance opportunities. Sketch acts are generally booked 60-90 days in advance, sometimes further if their script is still being worked on (or hasn’t been begun!). If you are a newer act just looking for a little bit of stage time, we’d encourage you to ask about appearing on The Theme Show – where acts only write and perform a single sketch!

Contact PHIT’s Improv Producer for a one-time performance. Improv groups in Philadelphia that exist independently from the theater have set performance times each and every week of the year on Sunday evenings and these times are filled at the Improv Producer’s discretion, usually 60-90 days in advance. If you are looking for a show sooner you could consider asking to be booked for a shorter (15 minute) set on Frankenstein.

You could also submit your team to our intensive development program, Launch Pad, for a three-month series of meetings and rehearsals with PHIT staff covering business advice, artistic direction and weekly performance experience to help you reach a new level of comedic success!

I want to be cast on a PHIT improv house team and perform at the theater every week or sketch house team and write/act in several sketch runs each year…

Auditions are held for our improv house teams twice a year (in the spring and fall) for any interested performers who have completed PHIT’s Improv 201 course – or an equivalent course elsewhere which meets with the approval of the Improv Producer. Typically we have 100+ auditioners, invite 30-35 people to a callback audition and cast 16-18 performers. Every auditioner has the option of receiving feedback on their audition, whether or not they are ultimately cast. Many current house team members auditioned multiple times over a period of years before eventually being cast on a team. New performers are only added to improv house teams during these set audition periods.

Sketch teams have two separate audition processes. For writers there is an annual writers packet submission – a period of several weeks during the summer, at which time prospective house sketch team writers can send a packet of no more than 15 pages total containing  a cover letter, three sketches, and page of “pitches” (one sentence ideas for future sketch writing). All packets have identifying information removed from them and are read by members of the artistic staff at the theater who cast writers to create new teams as the need arises throughout the year. Packets submitted during this process are kept on file to be used to find new writers for existing teams in need of fresh talent until the next submission period. For actors, auditions are held at the end of the summer and consist of 5-minutes of material prepared by the auditioner which can be anything they want to do, show, or demonstrate to the audition panel – followed by a reading of sides (script excerpts) from past or upcoming sketch shows at the theater. Actor auditions are taped and used to cast comedic performers for new teams, as well as to add performers to existing teams throughout the year. All taped auditions are kept on file until the following year’s actors auditions are announced. Actors and performers audition separately, no writers are guaranteed a spot as actors and no actors are automatically given an opportunity to write for a sketch team, although as teams mature more veteran members of teams do tend to assume both roles eventually.

I have this great idea for a show that isn’t easily defined as sketch or improv, it’s really more just wacky alternative comedy…

Great! You want to contact our Variety Producer about this. We accept show pitches year-round and you will receive a response within two weeks. Some shows we pass on, some shows we work with you to develop further, and others we let you know will be kept on file in case we have additional openings in our calendar that would accommodate them. Due to the limited amount of stage time available at the theater, we may like your idea but need to wait a little while to put it up on stage.