Enrolling Classes

PHIT Kids & Teens classes create a safe space for students from kindergarten through high school to develop their creativity and comedic talent, while making new friends and sharing lots of laughs. Our improv curriculum is designed to delight and challenge each student at a developmentally appropriate level, allowing them to feel comfortable and accomplished as they learn the art of improvisation.

All classes take place at the PHIT Comedy, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (inside The Adrienne Theatre arts complex).

Students in Grade 6-8 Beginner Short Form Improvisation. (Photo Credit: Erin Pitts)

OPEN HOUSE FOR POTENTIAL STUDENTS & THEIR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Free Intro to PHIT Kids & Teens: If you are considering a class with PHIT Kids & Teens for your child but not sure about committing to an eight-week session before having the chance to see if your child will enjoy our instructors, staff, and classes, we encourage you to sign up to attend our  FREE open house, held a few weeks before the start of our spring and fall sessions of classes. Children will enjoy a one-hour session, usually taught by the same instructor with whom they would work during the session, while parents and guardians can attend an information session to learn a little more about the program and get their questions answered by PHIT’s Kids & Teens Coordinator. You’ll leave with information that will help you make an informed decision about whether you feel the class is right for your kids or teens. Parents and guardians please note: you must register each child attending the open house separately. Adults do not need to register separately to attend the snacks and discussion during the open house.

OUR NEXT OPEN HOUSE WILL TAKE PLACE IN SUMMER 2018!

 

GRADE K-1 CLASS

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Students in Grade K-1 Improvised Play Class. (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Improvised Play: Students will learn improv basics and storytelling skills through age-appropriate, imaginative games and lessons. They will engage with improv essentials such as character, voice, use of body, agreement and listening. Throughout the course, students will devise stories of their own creation. On their final class demonstration day, they will share with their families some of their favorite games and will improvise some of their original stories.

DanielleKlaiman_smallIMPROVISED PLAY
Instructor: Danielle Klaiman
Teaching Assistant: Melissa Widhson
Start Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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GRADE 2-3 CLASS

Students in Grade 2-3 Beginner Improv Skills class with instructor Sue Taney. (Photo Credit: Erin Pitts)

Beginner Improv Skills: Students will learn a combination of storytelling, theatrical, and improv comedy skills with a core focus on improvised scene work. Through a series of fun and imaginative games and lessons, students will gain skills in listening, cooperation, character, environments, object work, and thinking on their feet. The course will culminate in a class demonstration by the students of an improvised play, using a story outline filled in by the students.

BEGINNER IMPROV SKILLS
Instructor:
Sarah Clemency
Teaching Assistant: Kris Hodge
Start Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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GRADE 4-5 CLASS

Students in Grade 4-5 Intermediate Improv Skills Class. (Photo Credit: Erin Pitts)

Intermediate Improv Skills: Students will develop (or in the case of returning students extend) their foundations in comedic improvisation as they prepare for our middle school courses’ focus on short-form improv. Through a series of fun and imaginative classes, students will learn and improve skills like listening, collaboration, and character exploration. They will also learn the golden rule of  “Yes, and…” as it applies to creating an improvised scene through agreement. The course will culminate in an improvised performance for family and friends.

INTERMEDIATE IMPROV SKILLS
Instructor: Nick Gillette
Teaching Assistant:
 Rebecca Salus
Start Date:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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GRADE 6-8 CLASSES

Grade 6-8 instructor, Sam Abrams, and teaching assistant, Kilo Martin, set their students up for the short form game, Advice Panel. (Photo Credit: Erin Pitts)

Beginner Short-Form Improv: Students will learn the art of comedic short-form improvisation. Through a series of fun and engaging classes, students will utilize learned skills in listening, agreement, and the power of “Yes and…” to play confidently in games. The first half of the course will focus on the basics of improv comedy and the second half will focus on playing and performing short-form games. The course will culminate in a live performance of a short-form set by the students.

BEGINNER SHORT-FORM IMPROV
Instructor: Sam Abrams
Teaching Assistant:
Josh Tewell
Start Date:
Saturday, January 30, 2018
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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Student's in PHIT Comedy's Kids & Teens Program with grades 6-8 "Beginner Short-Form Improv" instructor Nick Gillette (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Grade 6-8 instructor Nick Gillette gives his students notes (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

Intermediate Short-Form Improv: Students will continue developing their short-form improvisation skills beyond basics. Through a series of fun and engaging classes, students will utilize learned skills in developing characters and creating objects and environments with miming to play confidently in new improv games. The first half of the course will focus on the intermediate improv comedy skills and the second half will focus on playing and performing short-form games. The course will culminate in a live performance of a short-form set by the students. Pre-requisite: Completion of two sessions of Beginner Short-Form Improv at PHIT Comedy, or approval of the Kids & Teens Coordinator.

INTERMEDIATE SHORT-FORM IMPROV IS NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION.

 

Stand-up Elective: This class will give students an understanding of how to begin crafting a stand-up comedy act, from absolute beginner advice on stage presence to different approaches to generating material. Students will use the skills they gained in their Short-Form Improv classes to learn how to take their thoughts, experiences, and observations about life and blend them with their own unique sense of humor and personality to begin crafting their own routine. Includes class performance a the end of the course. Pre-requisite: Completion of two sessions of Beginner Short-Form Improv at PHIT Comedy, or approval of the Kids & Teens Coordinator.

STAND-UP ELECTIVE
Instructor: LaTice Mitchell-Klapa
Teaching Assistant:
 Lamarr Todd
Start Date:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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GRADE 9-12 CLASSES

Students in Grade 9-12 class do scene work. (Photo Credit: Sam Abrams Photography)

Beginner Long-Form Improv: Students will be introduced to the art of long-form improvisation by learning  the key concept of “Yes, and..”. They will also learn important basic improv skills like: listening, 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 and discover how scenes can grow through agreement and support. The class will culminate in a live, fully improvised performance for families and invited guests.


BEGINNER LONG-FORM IMPROV
Instructor: Rachel Semigran
Teaching Assistant:
 Derrick Houck
Start Date:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time:
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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Intermediate Long-Form Improv: Students will continue developing their long-form improvisation skills beyond basics as they work more intensively on the skills initially taught in our beginner class: listening, creating characters, and establishing relationships. Students will spend more time creating improvised scenes with partners, with feedback and direction from their instructor. The class will culminate in a live, fully improvised performance for families and invited guests.Pre-requisite: Completion of two sessions of Beginner Long-Form Improv at PHIT Comedy, or approval of the Kids & Teens Coordinator.

INTERMEDIATE LONG-FORM IMPROV IS NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION.

 

Improv to Sketch Elective: Students will use the skills initially taught in our beginner class: listening, creating characters, and establishing relationships to learn how to write sketch comedy. During the first half of class, students will spend more time creating improvised scenes with partners, with feedback and discussion about what makes a comedy sketch. The second half of class will focus on using those improvised scenes to write sketches in groups and rehearse the sketches. The class will culminate in a live performance of the written sketches for families and invited guests. Pre-requisite: Completion of one session of Beginner Long-Form Improv at PHIT Comedy, or approval of the Kids & Teens Coordinator.

IMPROV TO SKETCH ELECTIVE
Instructor: Joe Tuzzi 
Teaching Assistant:
 Kelly Conrad
Start Date:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time:
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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IMPROV FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS

Improv for Parents and Guardians: Not craving 90 minutes of alone time during our Saturday morning kids classes? Now you can do the same acting and improv exercises you children are learning while they are in class! Students in our Improv for Parents and Guardians class will learn the basic improv concept of “Yes, and..” and develop the same skills as they children: basic improv skills like creating characters, establishing relationships, exploring scenes with objects and environment work will be taught. Students will then combine these skills to play improv games and create fully improvised scenes with a partners. This class starts the second week of the Kids & Teens session, and meets once a week for six weeks.

IMPROV FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS IS NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION.