Teaching is my passion. I've taught improv and acting internationally for over 16 years, and I launched The Annoyance Theatre's training center and theatre in Brooklyn. I now offer classes of my own in NYC and abroad.


Current Classes in NYC

Burn Your Fear

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This improv class will give you the feedback you need to light your improvisation on fire. It will remind what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice" when improvising. Instead, let's agree that there is no right or wrong choice, only a weak or strong one, and see what happens when we give ourselves the freedom to simply trust and commit to whatever comes up.  We will marry this sense of playful abandonment with actionable techniques to start scenes boldly, live in the present, heighten them via specific and surprising choices, and employ context (who, what, where, when, why, etc.) without getting in our heads about it. In addition, students will receive extensive personal notes targeting particular areas of improvement, and since one's note applies to everyone to an extent, all students will work on each other's notes together as a group. This class will keep you on your feet, move quickly, and give you actionable techniques to help you act like the fierce improviser you already are. Each section is limited to 16 enrollments and open to students who have completed at least one improv class at a well-known improv program. 

$225

6-Week Section: Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, 10/30 - 12/11 (No class 11/20)

Where: Simple Studios (134 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001)


Customized Workshops

I've travelled the world to teach workshops from Berlin to Bali, and I would love to work with you.

For Theaters and Adult Improvisers

Intro to Improv: This class will introduce beginning improvisers to the value of saying “Yes, and” to every idea, especially their own, to become a joyful, fearless, and bold performers. Through games and exercises, this class will teach students the essentials of successful improvisation -- to think on their feet, react honestly, support scene partners and embrace taking risks. Whether you want to be a professional improviser or just enrich your life with trying something new, this class will boost your confidence and creativity in a safe, supportive environment. This class can culminate in a final improvised performance.

Burn Your Fear: This class aims to light your improvisation on fire. It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice" when improvising. Instead, let's agree that there is no right or wrong choice, only a weak or strong one, and see what happens when we give ourselves the freedom to simply trust and commit to whatever comes up.  We will marry a sense of playful abandonment with actionable techniques to start scenes boldly, live in the present, heighten them via specific and surprising choices, and employ context (who, what, where, when, why, etc.) without getting in our heads about it. This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback. Let's bring the whimsy to your make-em-ups! 

Creating Thru Improv: Is your worst nightmare as a writer staring at a blank page? If so, learn how to create content through improvisation. So often we judge our work before it's time to do so -- how many people do you know who've said they want to write a book, and how many actually have done it? In this workshop, we will withhold judgement during the ideating process, get out of our heads and on our feet, and improvise as much content as possible. Then, we'll see what we created in bulk and write down the ideas we want to develop. This class is open to those who consider themselves writers or improvisers or both of all experience levels. These tools will help you to create everything from personal narratives to sketch comedy and ensemble plays, and you will walk out of this workshop with actionable steps to get to work and create!

Music Improv - Finding the Form: This class will focus on Musical Improv: Form & Structure.  Students will learn how to create fully improvised songs, as a group and as individuals, that feature catchy choruses and compelling, rich verses with distinct melodies & lyrics.  The class will also explore how to frame satisfying one-act narratives, through plot and character, and the components that go into turning musical improv into a theatrical experience.

Musical Improv - Finding The Fun: Intermediate/Advanced music improv performers focus so much on learning the form; we sometimes forget to have fun. If you’re nailing the technical elements - like song structure, rhyming, and creating a narrative - but you're missing the laughs, then this class will help you play with abandonment. We will let go of doing music improv "correctly" and instead focus on making strong, specific choices from your gut, thereby surprising yourself and your audience. Rediscover the joy of musical improv!

Previous Theaters I've Taught At: Annoyance Theatre, Second City Theatricals, Endgames Improv, Hive Improv Berlin, Improv Italia, Steel City Improv, NYU, Bard College, National College Comedy Festival, Syracuse Improv Collective, Syracuse University, PHIT Comedy Theatre, Improv Boston, Boston University, Laugh Index Theatre, Improv Theater Israel, Skidmore College, Barnard College, Ubud Comedy Games, International Theatre Sweden, Voodoo Comedy Collective, Oberlin College Improv Conference, Improtheater Bremen, Good Good Comedy Theatre, and more.

Philip brings the passion and energy to take you by the collar and shake the improv out of you. Players who are often timid were leaping on stage in a frenzy. All the while we hit the marks for a good understanding of improv. Excellent instructor and performer.
— Chris J. Rock, Director, Hive Improv Berlin

For Businesses, Organizations, and Universities

Collaborative Creation: We improvise every day just interacting with one another and navigating our complex world. This workshop will teach the skills of successful improvisation -- fearlessly taking risks, withholding judgment, and engaging enthusiastically with every idea -- and apply them to your work environment. You will take away actionable tools for expressing yourself more confidently and creating more effectively as a team -- and have fun doing so in a safe, fast-paced, low-pressure environment. This workshop can be taught in hands-on sessions with smaller groups or in large interactive group presentations.

Previous Clients: Ernst & Young, Columbia University Office of Alumni and Development, Columbia School of Business, Morgan Stanley, CUNY, American Express, School of Visual Arts (SVA), Yext, Ready Set Rocket, IVY: The Social University, and more.

We hired Philip Markle for a bespoke corporate team building event with a group from one of the “Big 4” Consulting Firms who had no experience whatsoever with improv. Philip worked hard to make everyone feel comfortable and before they knew it, the team was enjoying themselves. As a result of the event, the team members got to know each other in new ways and communication became easier. Philip is a dynamic workshop leader who knows how to make any group feel comfortable, communicate better, and most importantly, have fun while doing it.
— Lauren Adler, Global Account Manager, Ernst & Young.

For Schools and Young Actors

Acting Through Imagination (Ages 7-12): Young actors will embark on a journey through the imagination, bringing stories to life using the magic of theatre. Students will learn to act using their full body, voice, and imagination through theater games, improvisation, and by re-imagining adventures faced by characters in classic stories. The final class will culminate in a performance, collaboratively created by the students, open to family and friends.

Joyful Improv (Ages 13-17): Let’s make-up ten characters in a minute - Go! If that sounds fun to you, then take this class and learn the value of saying “Yes, and” to every idea, especially their own, to become a joyful, fearless, and bold improvisers. Through games and exercises, this class will teach students the essentials of successful improvisation -- to think on their feet, react honestly, support scene partners and embrace taking risks. Whether you dream of being a professional improviser or just want to enrich your life with trying something new, this class will boost your confidence and creativity in a safe, supportive environment. This class can culminate in a final improvised performance for friends and family. 

Previous Schools I've taught with: Actors Training Center, New Trier High School, Highland Park High School, Baker Demonstration School, American Conservatory Theatre, Vector Theatre Conservatory, Marin Shakespeare, Wilmette Jr. High School, Romona Elementary School, Haven Middle School, and more.

When my son took your improv class in the spring of his fifth grade year — his first acting class ever — he was a bit of a lost soul, struggling to find his talent and his passion. Working with you has transformed him. He has gained self-confidence and a work ethic and a passion that we never knew he possessed. He, and we, will always be grateful for your support of him.
— Parent of Student

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