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.
Intro to Improvised Scenework: 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. Meets once a week for eight weeks.
Day: Tuesday through Friday
Dates: 8/1, 8/2, 8/3 and 8/4
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Graduation Show Date/Time: Saturday, August 5th, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m. (Main Stage)
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WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT MIKE
“Mike’s a great teacher; he’s not only very knowledgeable, but incredibly attentive to his students with their development and comfort.” — “On top of being an effective, fun teacher, Mike is good people. He seems to genuinely care about his students’ success. I thoroughly enjoyed having him as my Improv 101 teacher and I’m looking forward to future classes at PHIT!”
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Mike Marbach, PHIT’s Education Director since 2011, was born into the world of improv in Chicago. He has completed the iO Theater and Annoyance Theater training center programs and has studied under improv greats such as Charna Halpern, Mark Sutton, Susan Messing, Mick Napier, several members of The Reckoning and many more. He performed with the iO Harold Team, Dart and could be seen around Chicago in various groups. Currently you can see him perform in Pasiones de Pasiones: An Improvised Telenovela, The Deans List, Stripped and other projects around Philly.
Mike directed PHIT House Team Asteroid! from 2010-2013, which was the recipient of multiple Awards for Philadelphia Comedy, twice winning Best Improv Group. He’s directed Philly Fringe shows Punchline! and Study Hall. He currently directs PHIT House Team The Future, directs the “Study Hall” (a monthly PHIT show combining improv and lectures from real school professors), produces The Sideshow (a mix of improv, standup, sketch and more) and teaches lots and lots of classes.
When he’s not doing PHIT things, Mike likes to write ridiculously long letters to companies about mundane things and hosting various podcasts (Gettin’ Close with Mike Marbach, Reheated: The Leftovers Podcast and the popular Stark Raven Mad: A Game of Thrones Podcast) all of which are available on iTunes.