local ensemble

Last year was the inaugural year of the Local Ensemble and, if you've heard the stories of their shows, you know the ensemble made magic, brought folks to tears, and convinced us all that beauty and laughter still exist in the world. So we're bringing it back. NO PRESSURE.

So what is it?
We curate an ensemble of 10-12 local and regional performers that work directly with a Top Notch Coach over the course of one week. You will have four intensive classes, two shows, and a good story to tell your grandkids.

Are there any costs?
There is no submission fee, but selected performers will be asked to pay a $50 fee to offset the costs of our guest instructor.

How do I apply?
Applications are closed for 2018

Who's the Top Notch Coach?
Awwwwwwwww yeah...Kristen Schier!!

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Kristen Schier currently teaches Acting at the University of the Arts. Kristen is also the Improv Producer at the Philly Improv Theater and the Artistic Director of The N Crowd. Before coming to PHIT she taught improv for Delaware Theater Company, Drexel University, and The Actor’s Center.

Kristen has a B.F.A. in Theater Arts from the University of the Arts and has been working in Philly as a professional actor, improviser and teacher for several years. She has worked with Commonwealth Classic Theater Company, Shakespeare in Clark Park, and Ego Po. She has appeared in many productions including the devised work the Art of War, which received a Barrymore Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble.

Kristen has studied clowning intensively with Giovanni Fusetti and has studied improv at The Second City and at the Annoyance in Chicago and the Magnet Theater in NYC. She has taken workshops and classes with such improv notables as Michael Gelman, Jill Bernard, Armando Diaz, Asaf Ronen, Mick Napier, Susan Messing, Jonathan Pitts, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, and members of the UCB Theater in New York City.

When she is not on stage, Kristen is incredibly absent minded and susceptible to fraud.