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  • Sketch Writing with Mark Kendall

    Mark Kendall

    When: Saturday, Feb 20, 1 – 4pm

    Instructor: Mark Kendall

    Cost: $30

    Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.

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    Always wanted to learn how to take a funny idea and mold it into a comedy sketch? Always enjoyed writing but wanted to give comedy a try? Well check out Sketch Writing, an introduction to the basics of writing sketch comedy. Using in class writing exercises and video clips, students will come away with a basic understanding of sketch structure and brainstorming techniques. ​​

    About Mark Kendall
    Mark first got into comedy while studying film at Northwestern University. He had a chance to work at Comedy Central through the Chris Rock Summer School Program for up and coming comedy writers of color. During his time at Comedy Central, he got to pitch jokes to the writing staffs of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” Mark performs comedy in Atlanta at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company and Highwire Comedy. He also teaches improv and sketch writing. He is currently touring with his one man show “The Magic Negro and Other Blackness” a sketch show that examines the depiction of black men in the media. For his work with the show, he was recently awarded “Best Professional Funny Man” by Creative Loafing Atlanta.

  • Stand-Up 101

    Steve Howze

    When: Sundays, 1 – 3pm for 8 weeks beginning Jan 10.

    Instructor: Steve Howze

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.

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    Over the course of this class, students will work toward writing and performing an original 5-minute stand-up set. Students will begin learning basic concepts of joke writing (premise/set up/punchline). You will look to find premises in your everyday life, then work on honing your material and making it authentic and accessible to audiences. Later in the session, students will focus on creating, critiquing and workshopping their own material. The class will culminate in a class showcase performance of all-original student sets.

     

    Sketch 101

    Matt Micou

    When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Jan 11.

    Instructor: Matt Micou

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: None. All levels of writers are welcome.

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    In this course, you will learn the building blocks of writing great sketch comedy. We will look at different sketches from television and stage to see what makes them work and will explore character, setting and the elements of a good scene. By the end of this 8-week course you will translate your idea into a fully fleshed-out sketch.

     

  • Improv 001: Freeview

    When: Sunday, Jan 3, 7 – 8pm

    Cost: FREE

    Prerequisites: No comedy or performance experience (or money) necessary. This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.

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    This free, one-time workshop is a preview of what improv class is all about. We’ll walk through some basic concepts, teach you a few exercises and games, and generally have a good time. This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.

    Did we mention it’s free?

     

    Improv 001: Freeview

    When: Monday, Jan 4, 7 – 8pm

    Cost: FREE

    Prerequisites: No comedy or performance experience (or money) necessary. This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.

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    This free, one-time workshop is a preview of what improv class is all about. We’ll walk through some basic concepts, teach you a few exercises and games, and generally have a good time. This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.

    Did we mention it’s free?

     

    Improv 101: Intro to Improv

    Ryan Clatterbuck

    When: Sundays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Jan 10.

    Instructor: Ryan Clatterbuck

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.

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    Have you always wanted to try improv? Are you looking to use the fundamental lessons of improv to improve other aspects of your life?

    If you answered yes to these or any other questions, then our Intro to Improv is for you. In this first level of our training program, you will learn the fundamentals of improv from saying “Yes, and” to listening and being more spontaneous.

    Intro to Improv is an eight-week course that is taught in a very supportive, fun environment that allows you to feel comfortable taking risks. All experience levels are welcome!

     

    Improv 101: Intro to Improv

    Donna Steele

    When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Jan 11.

    Instructor: Donna Steele

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary.

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    Have you always wanted to try improv? Are you looking to use the fundamental lessons of improv to improve other aspects of your life?

    If you answered yes to these or any other questions, then our Intro to Improv is for you. In this first level of our training program, you will learn the fundamentals of improv from saying “Yes, and” to listening and being more spontaneous.

    Intro to Improv is an eight-week course that is taught in a very supportive, fun environment that allows you to feel comfortable taking risks. All experience levels are welcome!

     

    Improv 201: Character & Relationships

    David Pijor

    When: Sundays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Jan 10.

    Instructor: David Pijor

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
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    Good scenes are the bedrock of improv. In our second level, you will strengthen the skills you built in our Intro class and focus on creating sustainable scenes based on strong, deep relationships and honest emotional reactions.

    Great if you want to dig deeper into improv or if you need to interact with other humans in your day-to-day life.

     

    Improv 301: Patterns and Games

    Lauren Serpa

    When: Mondays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning January 11.

    Instructor: Lauren Serpa

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: 101, 201
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    In our third level, we explore creating patterns and discovering games to propel your scenes forward. You’ll get out of your head and into the show by focusing on your team and what they need.

    You’ve contracted the improv bug, you may as well accept that you are now beyond the help of medical science.

     

    Improv 401: Longform

    Matt Newman

    When: Tuesdays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning January 12.

    Instructor: Matt Newman

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201 and 301
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    In our fourth level, we’ll approach Long Form from the 16-bar blues of improv: The Harold.

    Over eight weeks, this survey will strengthen the broad skills you have (two-person scenes, group work, playing from emotion, pattern recognition), and put it all on its feet in a longer, cohesive piece.

     

    Improv 401: Longform

    Patrick Gantz

    When: Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Jan 13.

    Instructor: Patrick Gantz

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201 and 301
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    In our fourth level, we’ll approach Long Form from the 16-bar blues of improv: The Harold.

    Over eight weeks, this survey will strengthen the broad skills you have (two-person scenes, group work, playing from emotion, pattern recognition), and put it all on its feet in a longer, cohesive piece.

     

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