“The event at the PIT helped build relationships and respect, reinforced paying attention to each other, and making a firm, specific commitment to what we will do. I would highly recommend the PIT to any company looking to achieve similar goals with their teams.”

– Heidi Lanford From Red Hat Inc.

The PIT – Chapel Hill offers an interactive experience to corporate and professional clients who seek to educate, inspire, entertain and improve their teams.

Forward-thinking, creativity, and collaboration are pivotal in today’s fast-paced work environment. Our workshops and programs will empower your employees to master these skills and apply them to their specific jobs.
Our faculty has extensive experience in the corporate AND creative fields, and they are highly trained to get the best results from your team.

The PIT – Chapel Hill offers original and innovative alternatives to other corporate consulting and training seminars. Through a unique combination of improvisation, physical exercises, games and critical thinking, we will guide and instruct your team to create better communicators, listeners, public speakers and team players in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Most importantly, it will be FUN!

Each corporate workshop is custom designed. Your team is unique, so your professional development program should be as well! You may have a mix of speakers, writers, idea generators and facilitators who all have individual needs. With your input, we’ll build a program to accommodate the those specific needs. The curriculum, focus, and length of time are determined by you and our experts to tailor a one of a kind experience.

For more information on workshops, including details on pricing & availability, please contact Non-profit and youth rates are available. For example workshop descriptions, check our Corporate Workshop Examples.


Treat your team with a fun and funny night out at the Peoples Improv Theater!

In addition to high quality comedy, we boast a full service bar located inside our theater on W. Franklin St, allowing the PIT – Chapel Hill to work with you to produce a company event unlike any other.

Sponsor a happy hour after, or during, your improv workshop.

See an improv show inspired by your company.

Did you just move offices? We’ll sing a Springsteen-inspired ballad about it. Does Joe-from-Systems always take the last cup of coffee? You’ll see a scene about it.

Give your office the ‘Ultimate Comedy Show Experience’ – a chance to perform! We’ll work with you and your team members – introverts, extroverts, class clowns and shy Sallies alike- to create a show that is performed live at the PIT – Chapel Hill. Talk about taking risks, collaborating with colleagues, and learning to trust each other!

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What past clients have said about our programs and workshops:

“I have known and worked with Ali Farahnakian [owner/founder of The PIT] for eight years, most recently, here at Saturday Night Live. I find him to be a responsible and incredibly talented person.”
Tina Fey, Head Writer, Saturday Night Live

“I highly recommend this workshop. It not only helped our staff learn valuable lessons they can apply everyday, they felt great about the company for including them in such a fun experience. The passion the teacher exuded was contagious, the laughs endless, and the experience unforgettable. The class exceeded my expectations in every way.”
Tami Roadarmel, Advertising Director, New York Press

“Your training led to prominent changes in the mindset of our fast growing organization.”
Christopher Mumford, CFO/CCO, Baby Care, Ltd.

“The staff from The PIT were personable, professional and effective in guiding our staff through exercises that were creative, challenging and fun. We appreciate the generosity The PIT extended to our organization, and would highly recommend their workshop to other organizations or corporations.”
Jeanne Dennis, Executive Director, Visiting Nurse Services of New York

“It was a huge success!”
William McNulty, First Vice President, Morgan Stanley

“We were pleasantly surprised to find normally shy members actively participating and shining on stage. The workshop is a nurturing experience that builds trust and respect and was an invaluable experience for our members.”
Maureen Brophy, Program Coordinator, The Mental Health Association of Westchester

“We were very pleased with the workshop and thought our instructor was great. We really enjoyed the training, and I would definitely recommend it to my colleagues and other firms. Thanks for making it so simple and enjoyable.”
Nancy Keane, Capital Markets Technology, Royal Bank of Canada

“The feedback from students was excellent! This was a great way to kick off the semester. Students felt that the ice was broken, they got to know one another better and learned a new way of communicating. I was very happy with the quality of teachers.”
Jennifer Baron, Cohort Leadership Project Coordinator, Stern Business School, New York University




Work Together, Play Together
Nobody wants to work, and everyone wants to play. It is extremely difficult to gossip, hold grudges, act superior, or maintain office cliques when everyone plays together. This workshop is about nothing more than letting down your guard, hanging up your titles, suspending judgment and remembering what it was like to play like a child. Check your ego at the door because FUN is the name of the game, and once we play together, we will never “work” the same.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”


Team Building and Communication
The phenomenon known as “The Group Mind” is interconnectivity that makes collaboration intuitive, turning random groups into a cohesive unit. In this fun and exciting workshop, your team will laugh with each other while participating in exercises designed to bond even a group of strangers. Techniques that enhance communication, trust, and respect will evolve their ability to function as team players.

“A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.”
Lee Iacocca


New Employee Assimilation
Intimidated and shy are no way to begin a career, and when “time equals money,” the corporate world cannot wait three to six months for new hires to mix with the team. Learn strategies, exercises and techniques that will instantly integrate and unite even a room of strangers. This workshop can either be structured for groups of new employees, or it can be organized with both new and current employees to create instant support among the green and the seasoned.

“It’s easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part.”
Casey Stengel


Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
Above poverty and even death, public speaking is ranked as the number one fear of most people. We are constantly conditioned to be concerned with how we appear and what people think of us, and we often find ourselves in situations where we must speak in front of an audience. Whether your team uses speaking opportunities to generate business, deliver presentations, pitch an idea, or earn a living through speaking, this workshop will give them the strength to tackle the world’s number one most crippling fear. Learn how to think quickly on your feet, answer questions on the fly, and speak with confidence and poise.

“People’s number one fear is public speaking. Death is number two…If you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
Jerry Seinfeld


Complete On-Going Immersion to Develop Master Instincts
The PIT Master Consulting Program turns the skills taught in our workshops into instincts your employees can call upon at will. Based on your specific needs, our expert consultants will design an immersion program that creates master communicators, speakers, innovators, and an unbeatable team. The Master Program consists of no less than 8 sessions that cover everything offered in The PIT’s core workshops and more. This is a commitment only suggested for teams who want to play at the top of their game.

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”
Theodore Levitt