Improv Comedy Classes in Philadelphia

For over a decade, PHIT has been turning ordinary Philadelphians from all walks of life into extraordinary comedians and performers. Our instructors are working performers who have toured the country, published writers, and incredible teachers. Using a curriculum developed over 10+ years classes at PHIT create a fun, welcoming, safe environment for trying something new. It’s no wonder we’ve won Best of Philly and were named one of 20 Best Improv Comedy Schools Around the World by Rant.

Whether you want to be the next writer or comedian on Saturday Night Live, develop a fun hobby and creative outlet, or use the skills from our comedy classes in your everyday life to improve interpersonal, networking, and presenting skills – a class at PHIT is a great choice. Completing PHIT’s curriculum welcomes you into our alumni network, which numbers in the thousands and includes people working in various comedy fields in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Students in a class at PHIT. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Use the quick links below to jump to specific types of classes, and click the “Enroll Now” button next to any instructors photo and class dates to be taken to a secure page where you can see more specifics on your class, enter your payment info and register.

Have questions that these pages don’t answer? Please email classes@phitcomedy.com and we’re here to help you out!

Instructor Mike Marbach giving pointers to a group of student’s at PHIT. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

 

Improv Course Catalog Quick Links

FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:
FREE Intro to Improv (2-HOUR WORKSHOP)

OUR CORE CURRICULUM:
IMPROV 101: Intro to Improvised Scenework (8-WEEK COURSE)
IMPROV 201: Intermediate Improv & Scenework Techniques (8-WEEK COURSE)

IMPROV 301: Advanced Improv (8-WEEK COURSE)
IMPROV 401: Introduction to The Harold (8-WEEK COURSE)

ACCELERATED CORE CURRICULUM:
IMPROV INTENSIVES (FULL COURSES IN 1-WEEK)

ADVANCED TRAINING:
WORKSHOPS (1-DAY  INTERMEDIATE+ COURSES) 
ELECTIVES (4-8 WEEK INTERMEDIATE+ COURSES)
CONSERVATORY (12-WEEK ADVANCED COURSES WITH PERFORMANCES)
MASTER CLASSES (1-3 DAY ADVANCED+ COURSES WITH MASTER TEACHERS)

Free Intro to Improv

Students at PHIT laughing during the introduction of a new exercise in class. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

If you are considering a class with PHIT but not sure about committing to an eight-week session before having the chance to see what our instructors, classes, and students are like we encourage you to sign up to attend our one of our FREE Intro to Improv Workshops below. These two-hour sessions will give you a sense of who, what, where, and how in our approach to creating talented and funny improvisers/comedians/humans.

 

FREE INTRO TO IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH RACHEL SEMIGRAN
Day: 
Sunday
Date: 12/17
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FREE!
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FREE INTRO TO IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH CHRIS ESPERANCE
Day: 
Tuesday
Date: 12/19
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FREE!
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FREE INTRO TO IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH RACHEL SEMIGRAN
Day: 
Sunday
Date: 12/17
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FREE!
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FREE INTRO TO IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH NICK GILLETTE
Day: 
Friday
Date: 01/05
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
FREE!
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FREE INTRO TO IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH SHEILA MASTER
Day: 
Saturday
Date: 01/06
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
FREE!
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IMPROV 101:
Intro to Improvised Scenework

In our Improv 101 classes the emphasis is on fun. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Students will learn the basic improv concept of “Yes, and..” and discover how a scene can be created through agreement. They will also learn important basic improv skills like: creating characters, establishing relationships, exploring scenes with objects and environment work. Students will then combine these skills to create fully improvised scenes with a partner. 

Improv Class 2

8 WEEK CLASSES INCLUDE
A STUDENT PASS FOR FREE ADMISSION TO SHOWS AT PHIT!
ACCESS TO IMPROV PRACTICE GROUPS!
GRADUATION SHOW FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
MORE!

 

IMPROV 101 WITH ROB ALESIANI
Day: 
Sundays
Starts:
1/7
Time:
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SAVE $25! Sold out!
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WEEKDAY IMPROV 101 WITH KRISTEN SCHIER
Day: Mondays
Starts: 1/8
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SAVE $25!
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IMPROV 101 WITH NICK GILLETTE
Day: 
Mondays
Starts: 
1/8
Time: 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SAVE $25! Five spots left!
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IMPROV 101 WITH ROB O’NEILL
Day: Wednesdays
Starts: 
1/10
Time: 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SAVE $25!
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IMPROV 101 WITH GREG MAUGHAN
Day: Thursdays
Starts: 
1/11
Time: 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SAVE $25! Six spots left!
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IMPROV 101 WITH JESSICA SNOW
Day: Fridays
Starts: 
1/12
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SAVE $25!
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IMPROV 101 WITH JESSICA SNOW
Day: Saturdays
Starts: 
1/13
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SAVE $25! Six spots left!
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Improv 101 Practice Group: Next to learning and watching, the best way to get better at improv is through practice. Designed as a supplement to a class (not a replacement), Improv 101 practice groups line up with the PHIT Improv 101 curriculum – reinforcing the ideas taught in your class the previous week and exposing you to a variety of instructors from PHIT’s staff throughout each session. Each practice group includes warm-ups and scenework exercises that aim to strengthen and work the core improv concepts laid out in our Intro to Improvised Scenework class. Improv 101 practice groups are open to current Improv 101 students, as well as graduates of Improv 101. PHIT’s Practice Groups are $5 with a current session student pass (just show your student card) and just $20 (cash only) at the door for anyone else who meets the prerequisites: no advance registration required.

Click here to go to our practice group page!

Improv 201:
Intermediate Improv & Scenework Techniques

Students who continue their training in Improv 201 build a deeper understanding of the skills they have already been introduced to during Improv 101. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

In this class, students will work the skills they were previously introduced to with more targeted exercises the help them explore the concepts of character, relationship, and environment on stage more deeply. They will also learn how to recognize and build on patterns to advance their scenes. Students will begin to learn elements of structure for performance and create fully improvised scenes with more than two performers.

Improv Class 2

8 WEEK CLASSES INCLUDE
A STUDENT PASS FOR FREE ADMISSION TO SHOWS AT PHIT!
ACCESS TO IMPROV PRACTICE GROUPS!
GRADUATION SHOW FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
MORE!

 

IMPROV 201 WITH FRANK FARRELL
Day: Sundays
Starts: 
1/7
Time:
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SAVE $25!
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IMPROV 201 WITH RALPH ANDRACCHIO
Day: Tuesdays
Starts: 
1/9
Time:
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SAVE $25! ONE Spot left!
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IMPROV 201 WITH ERIN PITTS
Day: Wednesdays
Starts: 
1/10
Time:
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SAVE $25!
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IMPROV 201 WITH KRISTEN SCHIER
Day: Saturday
Starts: 
1/13
Time:
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SAVE $25! Six spots left!
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Improv 201 Practice Group: Extend your learning with PHIT’s Practice Group for intermediate improv students. Open only to current Improv 201 students or past Improv 201 graduates, these sessions ensure you end up with a much more productive experience that places you with fellow improvisers of equivalent level. Each practice group will include warm-ups and scenework exercises that aim to reinforce the concepts taught in the previous week’s Improv 201 class. PHIT’s Practice Groups are $5 with a current session student pass (just show your student card) and just $20 (cash only) at the door for anyone else who meets the prerequisites: no advance registration required. A schedule of Practice Group dates is made available after the start of each session, but you can check this link to see when current session Practice Groups are being offered.

Improv 301:
Advanced Improvisation

Our Improv 301 students move to advanced skills geared towards performance. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Improvisers will continue building on skills acquired in prior levels through use of new acting techniques and additional improv formats, with a heavy focus on individual attention from their instructor.

Improv Class 2

8 WEEK CLASSES INCLUDE
A STUDENT PASS FOR FREE ADMISSION TO SHOWS AT PHIT!
ACCESS TO IMPROV PRACTICE GROUPS!
GRADUATION SHOW FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
MORE!

IMPROV 301 WITH MIKE MARBACH
Day: Sunday
Starts: 
1/7
Time:
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
SAVE $25! Four spots left!
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IMPROV 301 WITH NICK GILLETTE
Day: Tuesday
Starts: 
1/9
Time:
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SAVE $25! Five spots left!
ENROLL NOW!

 

IMPROV 301 WITH STEVE KLEINEDLER
Day: Thursday
Starts: 
1/11
Time:
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
SAVE $25! TWO spots left!
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Improv 301 Practice Group: For students of Improv 301 or higher and graduates of PHIT’s Training Center, Improv 301 practice groups serve a practice session with a scenework focus for advanced improvisers. These sessions ensure you end up with a much more productive experience that places you with fellow improvisers of equivalent level – starting with warm-ups and then focusing exclusively on helping you get more scenework with notes from PHIT’s. PHIT’s Practice Groups are $5 with a current session student pass (just show your student card) and just $20 (cash only) at the door for anyone else who meets the prerequisites: no advance registration required. A schedule of Practice Group dates is made available after the start of each session, but you can check this link to see when current session Practice Groups are being offered.

IMPROV 401:
Introduction to The Harold

Improv 401 is the culmination of our core improv curriculum. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Students will take their strong foundation in improvised scenework and learn to attach structure to their scenes for performance by learning “The Harold” – scenic improv’s most famous and widely taught structure. They will build on their understandings of patterns and also learn to perform in scenes with large groups.

Improv Class 2

8 WEEK CLASSES INCLUDE
A STUDENT PASS FOR FREE ADMISSION TO SHOWS AT PHIT!
ACCESS TO IMPROV PRACTICE GROUPS!
GRADUATION SHOW FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
MORE!

IMPROV 401 WITH KRISTEN SCHIER
Day: Sunday
Starts: 
1/7
Time:
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
SAVE $25! SOLD OUT!
ENROLL NOW!

 

IMPROV 401 WITH SHEILA MASTER
Day: Tuesday
Starts: 
1/9
Time:
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
SAVE $25! ONE spot left!
ENROLL NOW!

 

 

IMPROV INTENSIVES

Our Intensives allow students to move through our curriculum at an accelerated pace. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

PHIT Improv intensives give you the benefit of going through an entire PHIT level in a very short amount of time. A class that would normally meet once a week for eight weeks is condensed into meeting just a few days in one week! We also occasionally offer a full program intensive where you complete Improv levels 101 – 401 in just one month! Each intensive includes a pass for free admission to PHIT shows and access to improv practice groups, and a class graduation show.

IMPROV 101 INTENSIVE WITH MOLLY SCULLION
Day:
Tuesday – Friday
Dates:
1/2 , 1/3, 1/4, and 1/5
Time:
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch 2pm – 3pm)
Cost:
$199
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WORKSHOPS

Below is a complete list of upcoming workshops being offered. Click the ENROLL NOW links for more information on each workshop – including a detailed description, location information, instructor bio and payment terms.

THERE ARE NO WORKSHOPS ENROLLING AT THIS TIME.

 

 

ELECTIVES

PHIT Instructor Jon Plester working with students. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Below is a complete list of upcoming electives being offered at PHIT. Click the registration links on the right for detailed information on each class- including a detailed description, location information, instructor bio and payment terms.

MUSICAL IMPROV 101 WITH DAVE SUCHARSKI
Day: 
Tuesdays
Starts: 1/9
Time:
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Save $50!
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IMPROV CONSERVATORY

Greg Maughan teaching a group of PHIT students. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Through a series of exercises focused on personal attention, practice with various improv forms and styles, discussion of what they do and do not enjoy seeing on stage, eight (8) students selected from the pool of applicants to this Improv Conservatory class will spend 8-weeks creating a unique style for a run of their own at PHIT. During four weeks of shows at The Philly Improv Theater students will receive further feedback from their director, have the chance to watch recordings of their performances to improve their stage skills, and adjust their show as a group throughout a run.

COP SQUAD! CONSERVATORY WITH TOM HANNIGAN
Day: 
Sundays
Starts: 1/7
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Performances: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24 @ 6:00 PM
INFO & APPLICATION HERE!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 
Friday, December 15th!

 

MASTER CLASSES

Below is a complete list of upcoming master classes being offered. Click the ENROLL NOW links for more information on each workshop – including a detailed description, location information, instructor bio and payment terms.

IMPROV TO SKETCH MASTERCLASS WITH KEVIN MCDONALD
Day: Saturday & Sunday
Starts:
2/17 & 2/18
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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