Coaching

Erick (Coaching Pic)

I’ve been a member of the New York City improv community since 2008 and during that time it’s been an honor to study improvisation and sketch with The Second City, The UCB and The PIT. I am currently an instructor at The PIT, and additionally I coach independent teams and create and run specialized¬†workshops. Below are a few recommendations—if you’d like to hire me, email me at erickhellwig@gmail.com.

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“I hired Erick to create and run a workshop for 40 high school seniors and he was great! He was professional, creative, and the schools arts program has since asked us back. Erick went above and beyond to prepare a great program and then executed it with passion and high energy. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough to run a workshop—he was phenominal.” – Chris Aurilio

“A fun, accessible coach who pinpoints exactly what a scene needs to get his students creating honest, believable work on stage.” – Hayley Raphael

” He has a great sense of a performers unique strengths and challenges—he works with students individually and as a team to bring out the best in everyone.” - Christy Harrison

“The mark of a great improv teacher is if you can hear their voice guiding you in a scene. Erick is my voice. He taught me to let my scene partner affect me, and that if I ever get lost in a scene, the answer is always in my partners eyes.” – Bernard Maynore

“Erick is simply one of the best teachers out there. He has the uncanny ability to dissect improv scenes in a way that balances praise and constructive criticism.” - Steve Ling

“When Erick coached my team he facilitated both group development and individual growth. He taught us to play with emotional depth and encouraged us to take risks.” – Colleen Goodhue

“Erick got me out of head and into the scene! He gives specific exercises to strengthen an improvisers weaker areas, and compliments that by identifying strengths and helping you make the most of them.” – Jamie Aderski

“Erick has unparalleled enthusiasm and is genuinely excited to see you grow as an improviser.” – Dan Hofer

“The best thing about Erick’s coaching is that he takes the time to give individual attention to everyone. He pinpoints strengths and weaknesses quickly and then applies that knowledge to facilitate growth. Most importantly, he’s always upbeat and positive. His love of improvisation illuminates his coaching sessions.” – J.W. Crump