Put the Relationship Back in Your Relationship Scenes with Rachel & Dave

This class focuses on two-person improv scenes and how to get to the juicy details and playful funny parts  of the scene while heightening the truth and the funny with confidence and delight. We will use drills and exercises to help you get more connected, uninhibited and engaged with your scene partner. You will become a better listener and receiver, truth teller and delicious revealer.

Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Philly Improv Theater Offices, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (get map)
Pre-requisites: PHIT Improv 201 or equivalent (also open to visiting Duofest performers)

Cost: $50 until 6/4/2012, $60 afterwards

Rachel Madorsky and Dave Buckman are actors and teachers working in Austin, TX. They have trained, directed, performed and taught extensively at some of the world’s foremost comedy institutions, including The Second City in both Chicago and Cleveland, The Annoyance Theater and Improv Olympic Theater in Chicago, Boom!Chicago in Amsterdam and ComedySportz in both Chicago and Austin. In 2006, joined by Erika May & Bob McNichol, they formed The Frank Mills and have been consistently recognized by both the media and their peers ever since. Honors include; “Best Improv Troupe” awarded by the Austin Improv Collective; 2006, 2008 and 2010, The B. Iden Payne Award for “Outstanding Improvisation Ensemble” in 2006 and 2008 and “Best of the Fest” selection by Hyde Park Theater’s FronteraFest 2007. In addition, Dave was honored as “Best Improv Teacher” by the AIC in 2007 and won the B. Iden Payne Award in the same category in 2008. Rachel and Dave have served as faculty members at the ColdTowne Conservatory since its inception and in every show strive to bring the audience grounded, character-driven comedy that’s both funny and smart. Rachel and Dave can be seen together in The Web Series: “The Bank Manager”, “Hungry Todd Rungy” and “Finding Love at Whole Foods” and the feature films “Ultimate’s Guide to Flight”, “Days of Delusions” as well as repeat episodes of the Game Show Network’s “The Newlywed Game”.

  • “Rachel and Dave are amazing and I was able to accomplish an amazing amount of growth in just a few hours with them!” –Duofest 2011 workshop participant


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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 classes are held in a supportive, non-threatening and creative environment.

Age Requirement
You must be 18 years of age or older to sign up for this course on your own. We sometimes allow students who are 16 or 17 to participate in classes with parental permission, but you must contact the theater before enrolling.

Refund Policy
There are no refunds. No exceptions. All sales are final. There are no class exchanges, please be sure that you are able to attend the class that you have registered for. DOUBLE-CHECK THAT YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR THE CORRECT CLASS!

Our classes rely on group participation, and absences will affect your growth, as well as the growth of your classmates. We ask that you attend every class within the session and arrive on time. If you miss more than TWO (2) classes, you will not be permitted to perform in the class show. 

If an emergency or conflict arises, please email your instructor to let them know you will be missing the class so they can do their best to catch you up and plan accordingly.

If you are going to miss a class you must contact the training center and make arrangements for a make-up before you miss class. It is possible to make up a missed class in Level 101 or Level 201 because of the frequency with which these sessions are offered, but make-up sessions for high level classes may not be available. The availability of make-up sessions at any level are not guaranteed.

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 or alcohol during class
    • Destruction of the 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. At the discretion of the Education Director a student may also be removed from the PHIT Training Center entirely. Refunds will not be given if you are removed from a class due to conduct.

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 at contact@phillyimprovtheater.com at any time.

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.

You agree that you choose to voluntarily participate in the course with full knowledge that the activity may be hazardous to yourself and/or your property. You 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. You 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. We are 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 due to low enrollment, or if an emergency or unforeseen conflict arises. In the event of a course cancellation, students’ tuition will be refunded or credited. Any fees incurred by students for travel, lodging, etc. will not be reimbursed by Philly Improv Theater.

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


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