Steel City Improv Theater’s mission is to teach and advance the art of long-form improvisation, helping students embrace their natural gifts and develop the talents needed to perform professional-level improv shows. We believe in Applied Improvisation—the idea that improvisation skills will improve and transform both a person’s creative life and their relationships—and are committed to entertaining and engaging the local community and organizations through live performances, education, and training.
Established in 2010, Steel City Improv Theater is Pittsburgh’s Original Home for long form improvisational comedy. We offer weekly shows, we offer comprehensive improv classes, and corporate improv training. We teach and perform Long Form improv comedy. In Long Form improvisation, a group of improvisers take one suggestion from the audience and perform an entirely made-up show, complete with multiple scenes, characters and ridiculous spectacles, bounded only by its creators imaginations.
At the Steel City Improv Theater (a.k.a .The SCIT), we believe in Applied Improvisation. We know that improv classes make you more than just funny. By applying the principles of improv to your life, you can become a better parent, mentor, entrepreneur, employee and friend. Improv teaches you to deal with the unexpected in life. You become a better listener, more positive person and improve your ability to truly live in the moment.
OUR PHILOSOPHY: Listen. Commit. Play.
LISTEN. Do you often feel more concerned with being heard than with listening? Listening can be a hard skill to master, but, by staying in the moment we have learned that it can open up a world of possibilities.
COMMIT. Accepting others’ ideas is difficult, but committing to our own ideas can be an even bigger challenge. With improv training, we learn to break through the inner critic that normally stops us.
PLAY. With a sense of play, we find an endless sense of possibility and inspiration. When our teammates have that same sense of imagination, it makes the word “failure” seem less scary and more exciting.