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Improv 101 with Scott

Welcome to Lancaster Improv Players’ Introduction to Improv Class!

This is an 8 week long class that will teach the fundamentals of long form Improv Comedy. Topics covered include agreement with a scene partner, character creation, listening as a character and an actor, and exploring the worlds created in scenes. The class ends with a graduation show where the students can show their friends and family the skills learned.
This class runs Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm on the dates 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, and 6/15. There will be a class show Friday 6/17 at 8pm for the class where the students can perform for their friends and family!
About the teacher: Scott Harvey began attending early Lancaster Improv Players’ shows in 2015 before joining the troupe himself in 2018. Scott was one of LIP’s first students and has since completed LIP’s full curriculum. He coached LIP’s First Friday team “Minimum Rage/First Base” through both the pandemic and the Before Times. Scott taught high school English for six years before becoming an instructional designer, which he is currently working as an instructional designer at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). When he is not working or practicing improv, he is probably listening to the improv comedy podcasts Hollywood Handbook or The Teacher’s Lounge.

Covid Policy: we are doing a tiered Covid response based on the transmission levels provided by the CDC for Lancaster.

During high transmission we are reducing audience capacity to 50% (15 people) and require either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test from the past 72 hours. Photos or a physical copy are fine. We will also ask for photo ID to verify the proof of vaccination. For performers and students, we will be requiring everyone is vaccinated while we are in high. You should bring a physical copy or picture of your vaccination card.

If we go down to substantial and stay there for at least one week, we will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test, but audience capacity will be increased to 75% (22 people). Performers and students no longer need proof of vaccination.

If we go down to moderate/medium and stay there for at least one week, we will go back to 100% capacity.

As of 3/24 when this Eventbrite was created we are in such territory that we are not observing any restrictions. If we go back to substantial or high we will observe above.

Notice that ticket sales end 3 hours before the class starts.


Improv 301: The Harold With Austin Rittle

We’ve made it. Lancaster Improv Players is excited to announce our very first pair of 301 classes! Our 301 class will focus on a specific show format called “The Harold”. Each week works towards the class show, which showcases the work students put in to learn a complex, yet hilarious form. This form is tricky at first to learn, but builds on lessons learned in earlier classes. As a result, this class REQUIRES completion of 201 at LIP. If you have questions about this requirement please reach out to the Artistic Director: [email protected].

This class will occur Tuesdays 7pm-10pm on the dates 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, and 5/31 with a class show on Friday 6/3!

About the teacher: this class will be taught by Lancaster Improv Player’s own Artistic Director: Austin Rittle. Over the last 8 years Austin has performed in more than three hundred improv shows and is a graduate of the Philly Improv Theater’s curriculum. Generally you will find Austin performing on one of three of LIP’s house teams or cooking up a new show idea for the theater. Austin is a founding member of the Lancaster Improv Players and wants to continue to make Lancaster a funnier place through teaching what he loves. He makes the best salsa in Lancaster City.

Refund policy: No refunds are issued after the first class begins, refunds may be requested up until the first class though Eventbrite fees will not be refunded.

Covid-19 Policy: check our website and Facebook for updates. as of 3/21/2022 we do not require vaccination or masking for entry into the theater. This can change.

Electives Courses:

None at this time. Keep checking back for when our next elective class will be offered.


None at this time. Keep checking back for when our next workshop will be offered.

Drop-In Classes:

None at this time. Drop-in courses will resume when in-person operations resume at our theater.