Full casts of new house teams announced


Yesterday we told you about Laura Abernethy being added to the King Friday roster. Well, WitOut has the details on the new PHIT house team casts as well…

Directed by Matt Holmes

Aaron Hertzog
Alex Gross
Dennis Trafny
Jen Curcio
Lizzie Spellman
Mark Leopold
Rob Cutler
Scott Sheppard
Tara Demmy

Directed by Kristen Schier

AJ Ortiz
Billy Thompson
Brian Ratcliffe
Claire Halberstadt
Erin Pitts
Karen Coleman
Matt Akana
Nathan Edmondson
Scott Hinners

There you have it folks. A hundred plus hopefuls, and PHIT has two new and very dynamic teams. We’re all excited to see how they come out of the gate…

Temple student invited to share the weekend crown


After an exhaustive search considering over a hundred hopeful auditioners, PHILLY IMPROV THEATER has confirmed that it has finalized the selection of newest members for its house teams. While the full rosters for new teams currently codenamed SHADOWFAX and BRANDYBUCK have yet to be revealed (hint: keep your eyes peeled to WitOut – which, c’mon, you should be doing anyway) PHIT did provide PhillyImprov.com with the scoop on the latest with existing house team KING FRIDAY.

King Friday will be welcoming one new member to their ranks – LAURA ABERNETHY – known here locally as the head of Temple’s FOWL PLAY.

For director AMIE ROE, casting Abernethy wasn’t much of a choice at all. “In my opinion, Laura was one of the strongest, most confident players that I saw in this round of PHIT auditions.”

Laura, already a fan, looks forward to getting thrown in the mix. “I feel sort of honored to be considered a fit for the team. I’ve really enjoyed past performances and the places the cast members take the audience. These people have definitely earned my respect and admiration, so to stand amongst them is…thrilling!”

In being the lone auditioner to be cast for an existing team, Laura is eager to become part of that collective. “I guess you could say I like King Friday’s brain…and I’m looking forward to tapping in.”

Amie thinks she’s got just what it takes to do exactly that, “She seems to have a very character-driven style that I think will add a lot to King Friday. Also, her hair is beautiful, is it not?”

Keep a look out on King Friday’s blog and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about Laura’s incorporation into the group and to get the scoop on her first performance.

PHIT Presents Shubin Week!


Tonight marks the start of another week of hilarity served up courtesy of the Philly Improv Theater. All shows will take place at the Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St.

Tickets and additional information can be found at phillyimprovtheater.com

Monday, October 6
The Comic vs. Audience Comedy Show – $5
with Tim Ryan, Luke Giordano, Doogie Horner, and Chip Chantry

Wednesday, October 8
Bedtime Stories: Nerd Hobbies – $10

Kent Haines: Why am I Not Famous? – $5

Thursday, October 9
The Dave Hill Explosion – $10

CAGEMATCH: Cubed vs Illegal Refill – $5

Friday, October 10
House Team Premiere! – $10
Featuring teams directed by Scott Sheppard & Executive Director Greg Maughan

House Team Premiere & RAGNARÖCK (UCB) – $10
Featuring a troupe directed by Rick Horner and, from the UCBT, RAGNARÖCK

Saturday, October 11
House Team Premiere & RAGNARÖCK (UCB) – $10
Featuring a troupe directed by Rick Horner and, from the UCBT, RAGNARÖCK

House Team Premiere! – $10
Featuring teams directed by Scott Sheppard & Executive Director Greg Maughan

PHIT Announces First Ever House Teams


The Philadelphia Improv Theater has officially announced the rosters of their brand spankin’ new house teams, and we’re super excited about both the veteran talent and the up-and-comers on these lists.


directed by Rick Horner

Mike Schwartz, John Nolan, Jana Savini, Kim Breslin, Jason Stockdale, Alan Williams, Kelly Jo Little, Diana DePasquale & Sarah Goldrath


directed by Scott Sheppard

Dan Rich, Rob Baniewicz, John Buseman, Kristen Schier, Gillienne Nadeau, Jay Brenner & Sam George


directed by Greg Maughan

Nick Gillette, Bob Swenson, Jefferson Haynes, Meg Favreau, AJ Horan, Katie Horahan, Rob Cutler & Shane Jenkins.

In their recent newsletter, PHIT gaves us a little taste of what we can expect:

“Over the next few months you are going to come to know and love all these people… if you don’t already – and see them become a great addition to the scene. So is the rest of the country: after premiering in the Fall, our house teams will start traveling, first to the People’s Improv Theater in NYC, then to festivals all over the country!”

Congrats to all the teams, we look forward to see you take the stage!

PHIT House Team Auditions Next Week!


Next week the Philly Improv Theater will be holding auditions to cast its first-ever house teams. This is big news and an exciting step for the growth of improv in the city. PHIT has some ambitious plans for the teams it will be putting together. Each team will be assigned a dedicated director, receive free weekly rehearsal space, have the opportunity to perform at venues across the city like the Shubin and Fergies, as well as represent PHIT at festivals. Directors involved in this venture include PHIT Executive Director Greg Maughan, Improv Incubator Founder / PHIF Producer Rick Horner and the Arden Theatre Company’s Scott Sheppard.

Next Monday, PHIT will be auditioning folks in groups of 8 at the Arden Theatre – but if you want in, you’ll have to schedule an audition appointment by emailing PHIT with your interest no later than 5pm on Friday.

More details can be found here…