Terms & Conditions of Enrollment

Thank you for your interest in Phily Improv Theater’s Training Center courses. We are very excited to have you begin or continue your training with us.

PHIT Training Center classes are dedicated to the development of our students as performers, writers and human beings. We strive to provide our students with a place to practice their craft and become a member of a community. It is extremely important that our courses are held in a supportive, non-threatening and creative environment.

With that in mind, we ask that you read and agree to our Terms & Conditions of Enrollment before you compete registration for any course.

Enrollment Policy
Students attempting to enroll in a course at PHIT must agree to the Terms & Conditions of Enrollment via an electronic acknowledgement, stating that they understand and confirm:

  • They are 18 years of age or older (or in the case of 16- and 17-year-old children have permission, in the form of a previously requested and signed liability waiver, from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to enroll in the course).
  • They have made a payment in full, or entered into a payment plan arrangement (with the understanding that their enrollment is not guaranteed until final payment is received before the stated due date for their balance).
  • They agree to attend the full course, and to be on time for each week’s class.
  • They agree to attend at least two performances in their area of study at Philly Improv Theater during the duration of the course
  • They agree to follow to the expected behavioral norms outlined in our Terms & Conditions of Enrollment.

Students are evaluated on a pass/fail basis and do not receive formal grades. Promotion to the next level is contingent on the following criteria: attendance/seeing shows, a demonstration of course concepts through discussion and application in class and on stage, and compliance with behavioral expectations.

Students are allowed two absences per course, with no guarantee of make-up classes. If a student misses a third class, he or she will be dropped from the course and have to repeat the level. Students are expected to be on time for all classes. Students who are more than 30 minutes late to four or more classes in a given course will be dropped from the course and have to repeat the level.

Students are expected to attend two live performances at Philly Improv Theater across the duration of their course. These performances provide students with an opportunity to see course concepts in practice, and are considered as equally important to their work in the classroom. Improv students should see improvised shows, sketch students should see written shows, etc.. Students who fail to see two shows will be required to repeat the level.

Instructors evaluate students at the conclusion of each course based on notes taken throughout the course. Instructors base evaluation on demonstration of an understanding of or the application of core concepts from each student during in-class performances and their class show (if applicable). Students demonstrate their understanding through discussion or the application of these concepts in improvised scenes for improv classes, their writing for sketch classes, etc..

Instructors use evaluation materials developed by Philly Improv Theater to evaluate each student’s progress with course concepts. If the instructor feels that a student has not demonstrated a passable understanding of the concepts, the student will not be promoted. These students will be instructed to repeat the level (or another lower level course in the case of a more severe lack of understanding) if they want to continue to attend courses.

The Education Director will notify students who do not pass a course via e-mail. Students who fail a course will be told what specific skills and concepts they need remediation in.

Refund Policy
There are no refunds. No exceptions. All sales are final.

Transfer & Exchange Policy
After student registration information has been submitted there are no class exchanges, the student who was registered for a class cannot be changed. If a student wishes to transfer from one class into another class, they must request a transfer via an email to the class registrar (classes@phillyimprovtheater.com) before the early registration deadline for the session in question. No late transfer requests will be honored.

Our classes rely on group participation, and absences will affect your growth, as well as the growth of your classmates. We ask that students try to attend every class within the session and arrive on time. Students who miss more than TWO (2) classes will fail the course, not be able to participate in the class graduation show, and may be asked not to attending remaining class sessions.

Students are asked to arrive on time. When a student arrives late, they are effecting every other student in the class by requiring the instructor to review material already covered while they were not present. Students who arrive after class has begun will have to sit and observe class until such time as the instructor invites them to participate. Arriving more than 15 minutes after the start of class counts as an absence.

Students may make up a class for any weeks other than the first or last week of class, if they know in advance of the start of class that they will be absent and contact the Class Registrar (classes@phillyimprovtheater.com) with a make-up request. Requests received after that week’s class has begun will not be honored. Make up classes must correspond to the class/week being missed and must be made up within the current session. Make-ups classes are not guaranteed. A make-up class does not replace an absence from the class a student originally enrolled in.

Philly Improv Theater’s classes are held in a supportive, non-threatening and creative environment. In order to achieve this, students are asked to agree to certain rules in regards to course conduct before enrolling. Inappropriate conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Consumption of drugs and/or alcohol during class, or participating in class under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Destruction of physical classroom space, including but not limited to walls, chairs, lights, restrooms and doors
  • Inappropriate verbal, physical or sexual conduct with other students or the course instructor
  • Bringing uninvited guests to class
  • Eating in class when not on a break
  • Talking while the instructor is talking or while your classmates are performing
  • Giving notes on their performance to other students during class.
  • Students must also abstain from using electronics in class, including audio or video recording devices and cellular phones (this includes reading or writing text messages and using the internet in class)

Inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the course. Any violation is typically addressed first by the instructor, then by the Education Director, and then by removal from the class – but depending on the severity of a conduct problem students may be removed from a class at any time. Refunds will not be given if you are removed from a class due to conduct.

Destruction of Property
If you destroy any property at Philly Improv Theater or any site used by the PHIT Training Center, whether it is by accident or on purpose, you will be liable for the cost of repair.

You will not be allowed to attend more classes, or to register for another class, until payment arrangements have been made to replace the destroyed property.

Documenting of Classes
Students are permitted to take notes in their class, but the use of audio or video recording equipment is prohibited. Philly Improv Theater may create audio or video recordings of classes and performances, or may take photographs of classes and performances for future promotional use. Students who do not wish to have their likeness appear in promotional materials for Philly Improv Theater may opt out by contacting the theater with such a request (contact@phillyimprovtheater.com) at any time.

Students agree that they choose to voluntarily participate in the course with full knowledge that the activity may be hazardous to their person and/or property. Students voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risks of loss, property damage or personal injury, including death, that may be sustained as a result of participating in the activity. Students agree to indemnify and hold harmless Philly Improv Theater, Inc. and its employees, contractors, members and volunteers for any loss, liability, damage or costs, including court costs and attorney fees, that may occur as a result of your participation in the activity. Students will be asked to sign a paper liability waiver on their first day of class at the Philly Improv Theater, which will cover all future activities with the theater. Philly Improv Theater is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Instructor Attendance
Philly Improv Theater reserves the right to replace a course instructor at any time with another equally qualified instructor, without notice.

Philly Improv Theater reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if an emergency or unforeseen conflict arises. In the event of a course cancelation, students’ tuition will be refunded or credited. Any fees incurred by students for travel, lodging, etc. will not be reimbursed by Philly Improv Theater.

Philly Improv Theater reserves the right to accept or deny any individual’s enrollment.

Students are always welcome to contact Philly Improv Theater’s administrators at contact@phillyimprovtheater.com or by calling 267-233-1556.


UPDATED 8/18/2014