10,000 Hours is a New York City practice group program founded by Julia Morales. It exists to provide regular, inexpensive practice sessions, with experienced coaches; to students of all levels at any improv school. Although students from the Magnet Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade Theater are frequent attendees of practice sessions, the program is most closely tied to the Peoples Improv Theater. Many 10K students have gone onto become PIT house team members.
Practice sessions are available in improvisation, musical improv, and sketch. These are led by an experienced coach, most of which are pulled from the faculty and house performer rosters from the PIT. Sessions usually cost around $8, which covers the use of the rehearsal space, Simple Studios. Coaches run their sessions free of charge.
The 10,000 Hours program also maintains a collection of ensembles that perform in repertory on Sunday nights at the PIT. Students of any experience level are eligible to audition for these groups. Current ensembles include:
Team photos are viewable here.
- Brunch Conflict
- Captain's Hat
- Yearbook Committee
- Midnight Society
- Mayhem Social Club
- Decent Proposal
The 10,000 Hours website currently lists a roster of 85 coaches. These performers can be viewed here.
10,000 Hours is managed by co-directors Michelle Francesca Thomas and Julia Morales.