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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!"

Improv 101

$379

with Adam Taupin

Calendar Jan 11, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Intro to Improv:  Your HAROLD training starts here!

You will start learning basic improv and performance skills, practicing concepts like making your partner look good, “Yes, and..”, creating mimed objects and environments, establishing relationships, and holding on to an emotional point of view. Finally you start to apply these skills to make up short scenes with a partner. Meets once a week for eight weeks.

Prerequisites: None!

Adults 18+

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

Day: Thursday

Dates: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Make-up/Snow Date: 3/7/2024

Showcase Date/Time: TBD

Class Room: Brown-Martin  (this is an accessible location)

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

 

About the Instructor:

Adam is a psychologist with a private practice in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia specializing in work with individuals who identify as Neuro-diverse - especially folks on the Autism Spectrum. After graduating with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2018, Adam began infusing improv techniques into his work in order to empower individuals who may struggle with confidence in social settings. He has taken many classes at PHIT and has been performing Improv since 2013. He designed and teaches the Improv 099 at PHIT - an innovative course specifically designed to cater to the needs of neourodiverse individuals. In addition, Adam leads other Core level improv classes at PHIT and can be seen playing with the PHIT improv team Teachers Lounge.

 

What Others Say:

"Adam clearly explained the concepts and provided an excellent introduction to improv."

"Such a sweet guy! Very empathic, open, and supporting. Good at giving notes. I really appreciated Adam's willingness to get super weird with us during games (pass the face, bunny bunny, hotspot etc.)."

 

 

Full Course

Improv 301

$379

with Nick Elmer

Calendar Jan 11, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Intermediate- Advanced Improv: Story, Games, 3rd beats: You are well on your way to performing a HAROLD.

You will begin to learn pattern games and different ways to pull an idea or premise, create 3 beat stories, and learn a few ways to initiate and play group games. You can expect to receive more specific and individualized notes and side coaching with a short range goal of performing a HAROLD. Meets once a week for eight weeks.

Prerequisites: PHIT level 201 or permission of the Education Director

Adults 18+

 

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

Day: THURSDAY

Dates: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29

MAKE-Up/SNOW DATE: 3/7/2024

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

 

About the Instructor:

Nick has performed improv comedy in Philadelphia for nine years and can currently be seen with The N-Crowd, No Diggity, Breeders, and the indie team Sizzler Hour. Besides teaching at PHIT and The Lab, he has years of experience coaching and directing improv projects including the newest PHIT Harold team Main Dog! More than anything, he is excited to help new improvisors find what they are great at and fall in love with the art form of improv comedy!

 

What others say:

"Nick was fantastic and a ton of fun!"

"Nick is great. He is relaxed, and he explains concepts and exercises in an easily digestible way. His astute feedback was instrumental in helping me tweak my short comings while trying to grasp the information throughout the last 8 weeks. What I also really appreciate is that Nick used feedback to praise our work in class (and in the showcase!), which is a HUGE confidence booster when you're in the hotspot. "

 

Improv 101

$384

with Chris Esperance

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

Intro to Improv:  Your HAROLD training starts here!

You will start learning basic improv and performance skills, practicing concepts like making your partner look good, “Yes, and..”, creating mimed objects and environments, establishing relationships, and holding on to an emotional point of view. Finally you start to apply these skills to make up short scenes with a partner. Meets once a week for eight weeks.

Prerequisites: None!

Adults 18+

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

Day: MONDAY

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

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Make-up/Snow Date: 5/13

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

Class Room: Smith (all classrooms are accessible spaces)

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

 

About the Instructor:

 Chris Esperance is a comedian, writer, improviser based in Philadelphia, PA. Chris co-hosted the Mad Ethnic Comedy festival which included a variety of improv, podcast and stand-up acts from the tri-state area. He has improvised on Harold, House teams including Metropolis and Dunk Tank and several Indie teams in his years as a performer. Chris was accepted to Magnet Theater’s REMIX sketch diversity showcase and wrote/performed in PIT’s NYC Sketchfest. He has trained at the Philadelphia Improv Theater (PHIT) and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB-NY) and writes for the sketch comedy team Pagliacci (@pagliaccicomedy) with the Boogiemanja sketch comedy collective.

What Others Say:

 "Seriously thank you so much for the last 8 weeks it was truly life changing and opened up a door which was slowly closing in my life. For that I am forever grateful.""You set such a great tone for the class that made it easy to experiment and let our guards down and try new things. I had a fabulous time and can't wait to do it again."

"I plan on staying with this, and will register for the next 201 class given in the Fall. You have set a very high bar for instructors though. Thanks again for EVERYTHING."

 

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.

Improv 101

$384

with Dom Arp

Calendar Mar 19, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Intro to Improv:  Your HAROLD training starts here!

You will start learning basic improv and performance skills, practicing concepts like making your partner look good, “Yes, and..”, creating mimed objects and environments, establishing relationships, and holding on to an emotional point of view. Finally you start to apply these skills to make up short scenes with a partner. Meets once a week for eight weeks.

Prerequisites: None!

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 4/30, 5/7

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Make-up/Snow Date: 5/14/24

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

Class Room: Smith  (this is an accessible location)

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

 

About the Instructor:

Dominick "Dom" Arp has been doing improv for the last 10 years and has done a smorgasbord of performing with a focus on narrative and digital improv. Beyond teaching at PHIT, he is currently a performer with Show & Tell Live, Roll Play, & KDM. He is also the producer of Be Kind: A Rewind Show & 3-2-1. Additionally, he is the president of the Philly Improv Book Club, as well as a member of the PHIT Programming Committee. Having trained in both public speaking & theater, he is passionate about the power of combining theory, meaningful direction, and play in order to grow the Philly improv community into something special.

 

What others say:

"Dom was excellent! He knew how to help out each student individually and how to make us play better as a group"

"This was an incredible experience and I'm so glad I got to have you as my instructor :) "

"Great"

 

 

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.]

Improv 301

$384

with David Allison

Calendar Mar 19, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Intermediate- Advanced Improv: Story, Games, 3rd beats: You are well on your way to performing a HAROLD.

You will begin to learn pattern games and different ways to pull an idea or premise, create 3 beat stories, and learn a few ways to initiate and play group games. You can expect to receive more specific and individualized notes and side coaching with a short range goal of performing a HAROLD. Meets once a week for eight weeks.

Prerequisites: PHIT level 201 or permission of the Education Director

Adults 18+

 

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

Day: TUESDAY

Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23 4/30, 5/7

MAKE-Up/SNOW DATE: 5/14/2024

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Showcase Date/Time: TBD WEEKEND OF 5/17-19

Class Room: 1976 (this is an accessible space)

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

 

About the Instructor:

Dave Allison is a Philadelphia-based Educator and Performer. He holds his BFA in Acting from Arcadia University. Outside of his undergrad he has studied at Second City Training Center in Chicago and the Pig Iron School in Philly, and has an extensive background in Martial Arts. Dave is currently teaching students from Kindergarten through Adulthood with Walnut Street Theatre, ASAP Drama, Rooted Tree Productions, Wolf Performing Arts Center

What others say:

“What we find most impressive about Dave is his ability to unlock his students' imagination.” - Jennifer O’Rourke & Darren Slaughter, Co-Executive Directors of Rooted Tree Productions

 

 

 

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.]

Full Course

Anxiety Friendly Improv

$384

with Adam Taupin

Calendar Mar 20, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Anxiety Friendly Improv

Join us and see how improv can improve your confidence and help you in your day-to-day life, even in those awkward, anti-social, shy, frustrating, quiet, ANXIOUS moments! Designed for people who want to learn improv in a low pressure environment with "like-feeling" people. This class will employ basic 101 level improv exercises and games to help you play, laugh, and learn new ways to connect and communicate.   Meets once a week for eight weeks. 

Important note: This course is NOT therapy, nor does it substitute therapy.

Prerequisites: None! No improv experience or clinical diagnosis for anxiety required to participate. 

Adults 18+ who experience anxiety, shyness, or high levels of self-consciousness or who wish to experience improv with a group of people (and an improv coach) who understand their feelings, in a supportive, accepting environment.

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

Day: WEDNESDAY

Dates: 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 5/1, 5/8

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Make-up/Snow Date: 5/15

Showcase Date/Time: TBD weekend of May 17 -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:

Adam is a psychologist with a private practice in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia specializing in work with individuals who identify as Neuro-diverse - especially folks on the Autism Spectrum. After graduating with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2018, Adam began infusing improv techniques into his work in order to empower individuals who may struggle with confidence in social settings. He has taken many classes at PHIT and has been performing Improv since 2013. He designed and teaches the Anxiety Friendly Improv curriculum at PHIT - an innovative course specifically designed to cater to the needs of neourodiverse individuals. In addition, Adam leads other Core level improv classes at PHIT and can be seen playing with the PHIT improv team Teachers Lounge.

What Others Say:

"Adam clearly explained the concepts and provided an excellent introduction to improv."

"Such a sweet guy! Very empathic, open, and supporting. Good at giving notes. I really appreciated Adam's willingness to get super weird with us during games (pass the face, bunny bunny, hotspot etc.)."

 

 

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.

Improv 101

$384

with Nick Elmer

Calendar Mar 20, 2024 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Intro to Improv:  Your HAROLD training starts here!

You will start learning basic improv and performance skills, practicing concepts like making your partner look good, “Yes, and..”, creating mimed objects and environments, establishing relationships, and holding on to an emotional point of view. Finally you start to apply these skills to make up short scenes with a partner. Meets once a week for eight weeks.

Prerequisites: None!

Adults 18+

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

 

Day: Wednesday

Dates: 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 5/1, 5/8

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

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

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

Class Room: Smith (this is an acessible space)

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

 

About the Instructor:

Nick has performed improv comedy in Philadelphia for nine years and can currently be seen with The N-Crowd, No Diggity, Breeders, and the indie team Sizzler Hour. Besides teaching at PHIT and The Lab, he has years of experience coaching and directing improv projects including the newest PHIT Harold team Main Dog! More than anything, he is excited to help new improvisors find what they are great at and fall in love with the art form of improv comedy!

 

What Others Say:

"Nick was fantastic and a ton of fun!"

"Nick is great. He is relaxed, and he explains concepts and exercises in an easily digestible way. His astute feedback was instrumental in helping me tweak my short comings while trying to grasp the information throughout the last 8 weeks. What I also really appreciate is that Nick used feedback to praise our work in class (and in the showcase!), which is a HUGE confidence booster when you're in the hotspot. "

 

 

 

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.]





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