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Musical Improv 101

$379

with Paul Hazen

Calendar Jan 8, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Musical Improv 101:

Ready to level up your comedy game? Join our Musical Improv 101 class and delve into the exhilarating world of spontaneous song creation and hilarious scenes. Over eight weeks, you'll learn some of the art of creating songs and lyrics on the fly, adding musical pizzazz to your characters and scenes, and delving into the wacky world of musical theater genres and quirks. Each class is a lively two-hour mix of exercises, games, and scene work that'll have you harmonizing and laughing like a comedy pro!

Class meets once a week for eight weeks.

Age 18+

Please note: ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO CREDITS. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING.

 

PREREQUISITE: Level 101 improv. Ability to carry a tune (shower singing counts!)

Day: MONDAY

Dates: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Make-up / Snow Day: 3/4/2024

Class Location: 1976 Room - 2nd floor (this is an accessible space)

Showcase Date & Time:  TBD

Theater Location: Hamilton Family Arts Center 62 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

About the Instructor:

Paul Hazen (he/him) began improvising music as a jazz saxophonist in high school and went on to earn his Bachelor’s of Music degree from Temple University. A lifelong musical theater fan, Paul has also played and conducted in many pit orchestras over the years and is one of the founding members of The Good Kids musical improv team. Paul is an ensemble member of the musical team Thank You, Places where he combines his love of comedy, theater, and making up songs. In addition to performing, Paul is also an amateur cocktail enthusiast known for making his own syrups and super juices and wearing an obnoxious hipster bartender’s apron at both appropriate and inappropriate occasions. And although he loves musical improv with his whole heart, Paul’s favorite and most important role will always be husband and father.

 

Musical Accompanist: Dan Perlman

Sketch to Stage

$379

with Emily Harnett

Calendar Jan 10, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Sketch to Stage

This class will take you on a journey into the world of comedy sketch writing and performing. Whether you're a complete newbie or just looking to refine your skills, this course uses the tools of comedy improv and easy writing exercises to help you discover the art of turning everyday moments and wild ideas into comedy sketches that you will perform on stage. Join us, have some fun, and let your unique voice shine through in the process!

Adult 18+

Please note: ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO CREDITS. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING.

Day: WEDNESDAY

Dates: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28

MAKE-Up/SNOW DATE: 3/6/2024

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Showcase Date/Time:  TBD

Class Room: 1976 (this is an accessible space)

Theater Location: Hamilton Family Arts Center 62 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Instructor: Emily Harnett

 

About the Instructor:

Emily Harnett (they/them) is thrilled to be teaching at PHIT. Emily is a life long actor, writer, comedian and professional laugher. They earned their BFA in Acting from Point Park University. Emily previous studied at Emerson College’s Comedic Arts program. They currently write for their sketch channel which is launching in the next few month and perform stand up around Philly. They are passionate about teaching through play, exploration and acceptance.

What Others Say:

"Emily is wonderful!! they are so talented and have a great ability to teach. They have helped me become a better improviser and actor!"

Musical Improv 101

$384

with Paul Hazen

Calendar Mar 18, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Musical Improv 101:

Ready to level up your comedy game? Join our Musical Improv 101 class and delve into the exhilarating world of spontaneous song creation and hilarious scenes. Over eight weeks, you'll learn some of the art of creating songs and lyrics on the fly, adding musical pizzazz to your characters and scenes, and delving into the wacky world of musical theater genres and quirks. Each class is a lively two-hour mix of exercises, games, and scene work that'll have you harmonizing and laughing like a comedy pro!

Class meets once a week for eight weeks.

Age 18+

Please note: ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO CREDITS. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING.

 

PREREQUISITE: Level 101 improv. Ability to carry a tune (shower singing counts!)

Day: MONDAY

Dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Make-up / Snow Day: 5/13/2024

Class Location: 1976 Room - 2nd floor (this is an accessible space)

Showcase Date & Time:  TBD Weekend of May 17 -19 2024

Theater Location: Hamilton Family Arts Center 62 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

About the Instructor:

Paul Hazen (he/him) began improvising music as a jazz saxophonist in high school and went on to earn his Bachelor’s of Music degree from Temple University. A lifelong musical theater fan, Paul has also played and conducted in many pit orchestras over the years and is one of the founding members of The Good Kids musical improv team. Paul is an ensemble member of the musical team Thank You, Places where he combines his love of comedy, theater, and making up songs. In addition to performing, Paul is also an amateur cocktail enthusiast known for making his own syrups and super juices and wearing an obnoxious hipster bartender’s apron at both appropriate and inappropriate occasions. And although he loves musical improv with his whole heart, Paul’s favorite and most important role will always be husband and father.

 

Musical Accompanist: Dan Perlman

 

A note from The Training Center (1/24/2024)

[effective immediately, our fees have increased by $5 due to a raise in costs from our service provider. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.]

Payment plan available: $175 deposit plus 2 payments of $69.66, paid weekly. Final payment of $69.68.

The Movie

$384

with Sam Miller

Calendar Mar 19, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 6 weeks

The Improvised Movie

Start your own dream factory and learn the Improvised Movie! You'll be the star in this class, where you'll also be the writer, director, cinematographer, editor and special effects. Expanding on long-form scenework from Level 3 and the Harold in Level 4, The Movie emphasizes narrative and stage picture, with a healthy dose of scene painting and genre. We'll also work on characters who have Big Wants which can drive story and relationship. Get ready for your close up!

Prerequisites: PHIT 301 or above. Other training please contact Ed. Director before registering.

Adults 18+

Please note: ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO CREDITS. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING.

Day: TUESDAYS

Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23

Time: 7:00 PM -9:00 PM

Make-up/Snow Date: 4/30

Showcase Date/Time: TBD Weekend of 5/17 - 5/19

Class Room: Brown- Martin (all classrooms are accessible spaces)

Theater Location: Hamilton Family Arts Center 62 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

About the Instructor:

Sam Miller is an improviser in Philly, currently performing with former PHIT House Team Schmooty!. Last year at PHIT, Sam directed the show Super!, an Improvised Movie team focusing on the superhero genre. He also taught a course on the Deconstruction, which along with the Harold and the Movie, form the Three Mad Rituals popularized by Del Close and The Family in Chicago. In the Before Times, Sam lived in Los Angeles where he studied the Movie with Paul Vaillancourt, a student of Del Close, and Miles Stroth, a member of The Family. In addition to performing, Sam's comedy background includes writing sitcoms for CBS and Disney. He lives in Center City with his wife and two clouds that think they're dogs.

Payment plan available: $175 deposit plus 2 payments of $69.66, paid weekly. Final payment of $69.68.

Clown 101

$384

with Devin Preston

Calendar Mar 21, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Clown 101

Have you ever wondered what it's like to step into the fascinating realm of clowning? Our Clown 101 class is where the magic begins! No experience needed – just come as you are, and we'll help you tap into the playful energies within. It's all about embracing laughter, facing fears, and supporting each other on this hilarious journey. You might be surprised how the clown inside you comes alive and enjoys the thrill of connection. Join us for Clown 101, our newest class that's perfect for anyone ready to dip their toes into the wonderful world of clowning. We can't wait to welcome you and kick off this adventure together! Meets Once a week for eight weeks.

 

Prerequisites: Prefered level 101 improv or acting from any training center or permission from the Education Director.

Adults 18+

 

Please note ALL SALES FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO CREDITS.  PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR SCHEDULE CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING.

 

Day: THURSDAY

Dates: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 5/2, 5/9

Time: 7:00am -9:00pm

Make-up/Snow Date: 5/16/2024

Showcase Date/Time: TBD Weekend of May 17-19

Class Room: Brown-Martin (this is an acessible space)

 

About the Instructor:

Devin is an actor and deviser based in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts / Pig Iron Devised Performance Program. Devin grew up in Alaska, studied Physics at Notre Dame, built data centers in Des Moines, and somehow wound up at clown school.

What Others Say:

"Devin is a great teacher! He made class comfortable, fun, and challenging!"

"Devin brings so much richness and intention into his curriculum...I most valued his ability to meet people of different skill levels where they're at with appropriately challenging insights and guidance."

"Devin will challenge you in class, and give you the focus to improve. He knows that being funny and being not funny are both on the path to improving."

 

A note from The Training Center (1/24/2024)

[effective immediately, our fees have increased by $5 due to a raise in costs from our service provider. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.]

Payment plan available: $175 deposit plus 2 payments of $69.66, paid weekly. Final payment of $69.68.




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