It’s with a heavy heart that I will be stepping down from my position as Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater as of Monday, April 2nd.
I think it goes without saying that The PIT has absolutely changed my life and I will forever cherish my time as the AD. I was welcomed into this wonderful community from day one - without question. Instantly I was part of a family - a creative, forgiving, loving, crazy family. Often I would head home after a night of shows and laugh to myself knowing how lucky I was to be part of what is going on here at The PIT. I dove in head first and have loved every moment. Thank you!
I know that everyone thinks the place/thing they love is special somehow - but I truly believe that about The PIT. This place is special. The people, the shows, the students, the interns, the staff each play a part in making this venue, this clubhouse, a place like no other - a home away from home. We grew very quickly in my three years - but the community was always the constant. Always there to pick The PIT up in it’s time of need - just like a family. And even as the community continues to grow - it remains loving, nurturing and humble. It is my hope that this never changes.
BUT - I’m not leaving - I have too many improv shows to see and too many improv classes to take. My hope is to shake each of your hands (I’m a hugger) and thank you for making my life these past three years a blessed one.
Please know that this PIT community has given me and my family more than I could ever hope to repay. You have made my job an easy one. Please continue to inspire each other as you have done with me.
A big thanks to Katie Goan, Chris Aurilio and Ali - you took a chance on a guy that you didn’t know and allowed me to do things that I used to only dream of doing.
Thank you! Thank you!
Holy cripes! I straight up spit my coffee out when I read this. Jeff has had such an overwhelmingly positive effect on the PIT over the last few years that it never occurred to me he might want to have other life pursuits. How dare he!
Thanks Jeff for all the support you’ve given to independent comedy in New York! Thanks for transforming the PIT from a secret goodtimes treehouse into a gilded goodtimes palace! Thanks for investing so heavily in the community that makes the PIT special! I don’t know who will be selected to replace you, but the bar for ambition, passion, and follow-through has been set at approximately 5,000 feet in the sky. Well done sir, and good luck!