Dramatic Improv (Four Week Course)
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Dramatic Improv (Four Week Course)

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Class Length: Thursdays 7-8:30 for 4 weeks (9/12/19-10/3/19)

Registration Fee: $97

Pre-requistes: Longform instruction or performance experience (see below for more details)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

We all are familiar with comedic improv, but have you ever seen or performed dramatic improv?

What is dramatic improv? It is improv in its purest form. Can it be sad? Yes. Can it be intense? Without a doubt. Can it be funny? Of course!

In this four-week Dramatic Improv course, students will receive instruction and guided feedback as they examine and work through the following:

+The basics of long-form improv
+Learning understood story structure and plot arc
+Opening up to honest emotions and interactions
+Recognizing dramatic moments
+Learning what dramatic moments represent and how to use them to raise the stakes

PRE-REQUISITES: This course is for students who have taken level three or higher, or intermediate to advanced longform with either Hashtag Comedy or other local improv organizations (e.g The Nest, Jeff Gage, Mark Hale etc.), or have at least two years of performance experience in longform, or have studied dramatic scene work in another discipline. (If prospective students are unsure if their level of experience is right for this course, contact us! We're happy to discuss.)

The course will run for four consecutive Thursdays beginning 9/12, from 7-8:30. Spots are limited, so sign up soon!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Andy Batt has been teaching and coaching improv for more than 15 years. He is the former coach of Columbus' longest running improv troupe FFN. He has developed and coached two long-form dramatic improv shows - FFN's Dramatic Turn and Control Cell.

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Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level One Fall 2019 (ages 8-13)
Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level One Fall 2019 (ages 8-13)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 11:00AM-11:45 AM, Saturdays, 9/14/19-10/19/19

Early Bird Registration: $105 (8/1-8/31))

Regular Registration: $120 (9/1-9/14)

Pre-Requisites: None

Let your child discover the joys of improv by utilizing their own innate sense of play, curiousity and authenticity. In this six week Beginner workshop starting Saturday, March 16, kids build confidence by learning basic improv principles and stage direction, and it all culminates in a final showcase for friends and family week six of class.

Space is limited to 10 students, 8-13 years old, so sign up early!

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Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Fall 2019 (Ages 8-13)
Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Fall 2019 (Ages 8-13)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 12:00PM-12:50 PM, Saturdays, 9/14/19-10/19/10

Early Bird Registration: $105 (8/1-8/31)

Regular Registration: $120 (9/1-9/14)

Pre-Requisites: Level One 

Building upon the skills in Level One, students deepen their understanding of good stage presence, vocal projection, comedic timing, improv games and principles, and, of course, building their confidence in their own authentic voice. The course runs on Saturdays starting March 16 from 12pm-12:50 pm, with a showcase week six of class.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Fall 2019, SIX WEEK COURSE
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Fall 2019, SIX WEEK COURSE

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 9/17-10/22

Early Bird Registration: $160 (8/1-8/31)

Regular Registration: $200 (9/1-9/17)

Pre-Requisites: Level One (some outside improv education and performance experience is welcome. Please message with questions)

This Level Two improv course continues to build upon the foundations students learned in Level One, with added emphasis on: 

+Applied scene work
+Finding the "truth in comedy"
+Making compelling character choices

**This course is six weeks long, beginning 9/17/19 from 7pm-9pm.** Students will participate in a showcase at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 10/24 at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Fall 2019 (SIX WEEK COURSE)
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Fall 2019 (SIX WEEK COURSE)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 9/17/19-10/22/19

Early Bird Registration: $160 (8/1-8/31)

Regular Registration: $200 (9/1-9/17)

Pre-Requisites: None

Our Level One improv course is designed for you to walk away feeling confident in yourself, the gifts you bring to the table and your newfound skills. We’ve had students tell us again and again that this course has helped them at work, in their relationships and in their overall appreciation for performance.

This beginner’s course is designed for performers of all levels, so even if you have zero stage experience or are new to the art of improv, you’re welcome in this class!

In Hashtag Comedy's Level One six week improv class, students will: 

+Learn the power of YES!
+Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"
+Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)
+Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games
+Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

***Classes run for six weeks on Tuesday evenings beginning 9/17/19 from 7pm-9pm.*** A final showcase will be held after class ends at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 10/24/19 at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three, Fall 2019
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three, Fall 2019

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7pm-9pm, Wednesday evenings starting 9/18

Early Bird Registration: $160 (8/1/19-8/31/19)

Regular Registration: $200 (9/1/19-9/18/19)

Pre-Requisites: Level One, Level Two (some outside course work is accepted. Please message with questions).

Building on the principles of Level One and Level Two, students will:

  • study advanced scenework

  • explore longform openers and forms

  • build real relationships and characters in the moment that can sustain story/dramatic arcs

  • find and leverage "game" in scenes

  • ...and more!

Pre-requisites: students must have completed Levels One and Two. However, some outside coursework may be considered (e.g. Nest 1-5, Jeff Gage 1-2, Mark Hale 1-2, etc) or performers with 2 years previous improv experience may also be considered. Message to learn more.

**This is a six week course running on Wednesdays starting 9/18** A final class showcase will be held Thursday, 10/24 at Up Front at Shadowbox Live at 8pm. 

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Accents and Dialects of the British Isles, TWO SESSION MASTER CLASS
Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

Accents and Dialects of the British Isles, TWO SESSION MASTER CLASS

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Class Length: 2 Sessions

Time/Dates: 2pm-5pm, Saturday 7/20 and Sunday 7/21

Registration: $97

Pre-requisites: Foundations for Speaking Accents, or previous stage or acting experience. Please message with questions.

Ever wanted to know how to speak in an accent? Think you have your Sean Connery down, but would like to speak a passable Cockney?

Whether you're a performer, entertainer or TV, film or stage actor, Accents and Dialects of the British Isles is a six hour master class (spread over two sessions) that will teach you what you need to know to speak these accents and apply them to scripted (or improvised) work.

Key Course Takeaways

Participants will have the chance to explore a range of iconic dialects spoken by our neighbors from across the pond! By the end of this class, students will learn the foundations to multiple dialects - ranging from Cockney and Standard British (think like the Royal Family), to Irish and Scottish. Over the two weekends of instruction, students will learn skills for efficiently analysing and acquiring a new dialect quickly, as well as get ample chances to improv and act using these new vocal skills.

Class Highlights

  • Acting in accent (it's not enough to just speak the accent...can you perform scripted work in it?)

  • Exploring character through voice and speech (learn how to inform your character through how they speak)

  • Skill building for working actor (a great course addition to resumes!)

Class Structure

Week One (6/22) will focus on building the right tools to explore and speak these accents. Before the end of class, students will be assigned homework (which may include monologues or scripted scenes) to practice and present in Week Two (6/29). Students will be given focused feedback and coaching in Week Two to help refine and hone their new skill.

Please note, this master class will run like a traditional theater or acting class, meaning that students must participate in exercises that require exploring breath, body movement and vocalization. It is NOT a comedy or improv class (though students may recognize exericses from these types of classes, and improvisation principles can help with learning new accents). Students should dress with the expectation to move and be willing to explore different facets of breath support and sound.

Pre-requisites: Foundations for Speaking Accents, equivalent stage or acting experience. Please message with questions.

Space is limited for this master class, so register soon!

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Colton Weiss is a Columbus theatre native and proud graduate from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. He works as a freelance artist and is happy to be teaching again with #Hashtag Comedy Columbus! Recent coaching credits: Disney’s Newsies (Gallery Players, Ryan Scarlata, dir.) Venus in Fur (Columbus Civic, Megan Mateer, dir.). Upcoming projects: Matilda the Musical, Billy Elliot (Weathervane Playhouse), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Columbus Civic). Like his FB page (Colton Weiss - Voice, Speech & Dialect Coach) and visit coltonweiss.com.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Summer 2019 (SIX WEEK COURSE)
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Summer 2019 (SIX WEEK COURSE)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 7/9/19-8/13/19

Early Bird Registration: $160 (6/1-6/30))

Regular Registration: $200 (7/1-7/9)

Pre-Requisites: None

Our Level One improv course is designed for you to walk away feeling confident in yourself, the gifts you bring to the table and your newfound skills. We’ve had students tell us again and again that this course has helped them at work, in their relationships and in their overall appreciation for performance.

This beginner’s course is designed for performers of all levels, so even if you have zero stage experience or are new to the art of improv, you’re welcome in this class!

In Hashtag Comedy's Level One six week improv class, students will: 

+Learn the power of YES!
+Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"
+Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)
+Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games
+Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

***Classes run for six weeks on Tuesday evenings beginning 7/9/19 from 7pm-9pm.*** A final showcase will be held after class ends at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 8/15/19 at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Summer 2019, SIX WEEK COURSE
Jul
9
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Summer 2019, SIX WEEK COURSE

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 7/9-8/13

Early Bird Registration: $160 (6/1-6/30)

Regular Registration: $200 (7/1-7/9)

Pre-Requisites: Level One (some outside improv education and performance experience is welcome. Please message with questions)

This Level Two improv course continues to build upon the foundations students learned in Level One, with added emphasis on: 

+Layered scene work
+Exploration of "game"
+Finding the "truth in comedy"
+Making compelling character choices

**This course is six weeks long, beginning 7/9/19 from 7pm-9pm.** Students will participate in a showcase at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 8/15 at 8pm.

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Foundations for the Improvised Musical, FOUR WEEK COURSE
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Foundations for the Improvised Musical, FOUR WEEK COURSE

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Class Length: 4 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-8:30pm, Thursday nights, 6/6-6/27

Registration: $97

Pre-Requisites: At least one level of improv training, or 1-2 years equivalent performance experience. Experience acting and singing in musicals also welcome.

If you've ever watched Wayne Brady make up a song on the spot on "Whose Line is it Anyway?", caught TBD: the Improvised Musical on a Friday night Up Front at Shadowbox Live or even just catch yourself singing little ditties for your dog on the daily, then Foundations of the Improvised Musical is the course for you.

In this four week foundational class, participants will learn
+Basic song structure and how songs are built
+How to improvise melodies, create rhymes and build strong choruses in the moment
+How to leverage emotion in your music to create a strong point of view
+The basics of group numbers
+The basics of on-the-spot harmonization
...and more!

This is a four week workshop, starting Thursday, June 6 and running for four consecutive Thursday evenings from 7-9:30.

The workshop is fun, immersive and interactive...and the best part is, just about ANYONE can do this class! That's right, you don't have to consider yourself a singer to enjoy and learn the material! Improvised music rewards those with the guts to try...even if you don't have a lot of musical or improvisational experience.

That said, some improv experience (at least level one classes with Hashtag Comedy, The Nest, Jeff Gage or Mark Hale, or equivalent stage experience) and familiarity with music and/or musicals will help you in this class. If you do not have equivalent improv experience, but have theater, acting or singing experience, this class may still be right for you. Please message to learn more!

Spots are limited for this class, so sign up soon!

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Sarah J Storer brings over 15 years of improv experience to the classroom. She originally studied with Cinublue Productions, and received further instruction from the legendary Chris Lane and MCTD's Jeff Gage. She is the Director of Education for Hashtag Comedy, and created TBD: the Improvised Musical in 2015 and Ladies Who Lounge in 2019. She earned a diploma in piano performance in high school, and is a singer and songwriter with three original one-woman shows that debuted in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Sarah's goal in teaching is to help students discover "lightbulb moments" and gain confidence on stage through understanding and embracing their unique voice.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three, Spring/Summer 2019
May
11
2:30 PM14:30

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three, Spring/Summer 2019

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 2:30-4:30pm, Saturday afternoons, 5/11-6/15

Early Bird Registration: $160 (4/1-4/30)

Regular Registration: $200 (5/1-5/11)

Pre-Requisites: Level One, Level Two (some outside course work is accepted. Please message with questions).

Building on the principles of Level One and Level Two, students will:

  • study advanced scenework

  • explore longform openers and forms

  • build real relationships and characters in the moment that can sustain story/dramatic arcs

  • find and leverage "game" in scenes

  • ...and more!

Pre-requisites: students must have completed Levels One and Two. However, some outside coursework may be considered for performers with previous improv experience. Message to learn more.

**This is a six week course running on Saturdays beginning 5/11 from 2:30-4:30.** A final class showcase will be held Thursday, 6/20 at Up Front at Shadowbox Live at 8pm. 

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Teens Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Spring 2019 (Ages 14-18)
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Teens Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Spring 2019 (Ages 14-18)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 1:00 PM-2:20 PM, Saturdays, 5/11/19-6/15/19

Registration: $160

Pre-Requisites: None

Teens (ages 14-18) discover the joy of improv in this six week course designed to boost confidence, teach new skills and harness each student's inner performer. Beginning Saturday, May 11, students will: 

  • Learn the power of YES!

  • Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"

  • Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)

  • Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games

  • Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

If students wish to use these principles to become an improv comedian...great! Our classes will support them in beginning or continuing their comedy journey.

If not, that's great, too! We welcome students of all levels and stage experience (even if they don't have any yet!). Improv is a foundational life skill that sticks with our students long after they've left the classroom or stage. 

**Classes run for six weeks starting Saturday, May 11.** Each class is 80 minutes and culminates in a showcase at the end of class week six for parents, friends and family. Class space is limited to 10 students, so sign up soon!

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Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Spring/Summer 2019 (Ages 8-13)
May
11
12:00 PM12:00

Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Spring/Summer 2019 (Ages 8-13)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 12:00PM-12:50 PM, Saturdays, 5/11/19-6/15/19

Early Bird Registration: $105 (4/1-4/30)

Regular Registration: $120 (5/1-5/11)

Pre-Requisites: Level One 

Building upon the skills in Level One, students deepen their understanding of good stage presence, vocal projection, comedic timing, improv games and principles, and, of course, building their confidence in their own authentic voice. The course runs on Saturdays starting March 16 from 12pm-12:50 pm, with a showcase week six of class.

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Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Spring/Summer 2019 (ages 8-13)
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Spring/Summer 2019 (ages 8-13)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 11:00AM-11:45 AM, Saturdays, 5/11/19-6/15/19

Early Bird Registration: $105 (4/1-4/30)

Regular Registration: $120 (5/1-5/11)

Pre-Requisites: None

Let your child discover the joys of improv by utilizing their own innate sense of play, curiousity and authenticity. In this six week Beginner workshop starting Saturday, March 16, kids build confidence by learning basic improv principles and stage direction, and it all culminates in a final showcase for friends and family week six of class.

Space is limited to 10 students, 8-13 years old, so sign up early!

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Writing Digital Comedy Shorts
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Writing Digital Comedy Shorts

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Class Length: 4 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Thursdays, 5/9/19-5/30/19

Registration: $97

Pre-Requisites: Some writing experience is preferred, but not necessary. Students should approach this class with the willingness to dig deep into the what and why of the things they find funny.

Class Supplies: Students will come to each class with one of their favorite comedy short form bits/clips and be prepared to talk about it. Clips can be from anywhere and/or span a variety of genres (e.g. filmed sketches, live comedy bits, or even just a specific scene in a movie.) Just make sure clips can be found and shown to the group. Also, bring a notebook and pen for notes and in-class exercises.


Ever have a funny idea and think “This would make a great SNL sketch!”, but have no idea how to go about writing it, or how to expand on it past an initial concept?

Well, you’re in luck, this class is for you!

If you just want to make oddly sped up Instagram videos about “How X be like?” skits, you can stop reading now. This class will focus on how to write well-structured and thought out comedy shorts.

Learn how to explore why you think your idea is funny, how to edit it to a working concept and take a point of view with your writing. We will be focusing on filmed shorts in this class to allow you more flexibility in writing. Due to this, we will also explore light work with proper script formatting, but it won’t be the focus of our work.

Expect to do a lot of writing, a lot of watching and a lot of laughing. As a warning, once you start doing your comedy sketches relatives and friends will tell you their terrible, terrible ideas “for one of your little comedy skits”, so practice friendly nodding and politely smiling in your own time.

**Classes run for four weeks starting Thursday, May 9.**

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Erik Sternberger started his career designing toys for DC Comics studied sketch writing and improv at the legendary Second City Chicago and his production company "Apathetic Revolutionary" creates comedy shorts and original scripts that have won awards at film festivals and contests around the country. Erik occasionally stands behind famous people in major motion pictures, creates original screenplays, and writes satire for various publications. Dogs seem to like him.

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Advanced Scene Work
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Advanced Scene Work

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Class Length: 4 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Thursdays, 3/21/19-4/11/19

Registration: $97

Pre-Requisites: Minimum Levels 1 and 2 with Hashtag Comedy, Levels 1 and 2 with Jeff Gage, Levels 1 and 2 with The Nest, or performance/experience equivalent specifically with longform or other advanced scene study

Good scene work is fundamental to all types of improv performance. No matter the format or the parameters of the game, the quality of the scene work can determine the success of the show.

In this four-week Advanced Scene Work course, students will receive instruction and guided feedback as they examine and work through the following:

+Centering a scene/character and keeping the scene grounded (even if it charts into the ridiculous)
+Listening for and giving gifts in scene
+Finding and following the game in a scene
+Using object work and scene painting to give a scene more depth
+...and more!

Students will be encouraged to dig deep in this course and challenge and grow their current scene work skills. While some longform formats will likely be discussed, this course will focus more heavily on how good scene work can carry any format.

This course is for students who have taken level two or higher with either Hashtag Comedy or other local improv organizations (e.g The Nest, Jeff Gage, etc.), or have at least two years of performance experience in longform, or have studied scene work in another discipline. (If prospective students are unsure if their level of experience is right for this course, contact us! We're happy to discuss.)

The course will run for four consecutive Thursdays beginning 3/21, from 7-8:30. Spots are limited, so sign up soon!

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS:

Katie Drown is a member of local comedy groups TBD the Musical, and ROT. You’ll see her on stage most weekends at Shadowbox Live or at the Nest Theater. Katie has been performing for audiences since she was 4 years old, and started her improv career at the Ohio State University in 2011.

Alex Dodge is an improv veteran with experience performing and teaching all over the country, including Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, MD. He is a founding member of TBD: the Improvised Musical and teaches improv to students at the Arts and College Preperatory Academy (ACPA).

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One (Spring Quarter)
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One (Spring Quarter)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 3/19/19-4/23/19

Early Bird Registration: $160 (2/1-2/28)

Regular Registration: $200 (3/1-3/19)

Pre-Requisites: None

Our Level One improv course is designed for you to walk away feeling confident in yourself, the gifts you bring to the table and your newfound skills. We’ve had students tell us again and again that this course has helped them at work, in their relationships and in their overall appreciation for performance.

This beginner’s course is designed for performers of all levels, so even if you have zero stage experience or are new to the art of improv, you’re welcome in this class!

In Hashtag Comedy's Level One six week improv class, students will: 

+Learn the power of YES!
+Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"
+Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)
+Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games
+Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

***Classes run for six weeks on Tuesday evenings beginning 3/19/19 from 7pm-9pm.*** A final showcase will be held after class ends at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 4/25 at 8pm.

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Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Spring 2019
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Spring 2019

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 12:00PM-12:50 PM, Saturdays, 3/16/19-4/20/19

Early Bird Registration: $105 (2/1-2/28)

Regular Registration: $120 (3/1-3/16)

Pre-Requisites: Level One 

Building upon the skills in Level One, students deepen their understanding of good stage presence, vocal projection, comedic timing, improv games and principles, and, of course, building their confidence in their own authentic voice. The course runs on Saturdays starting March 16 from 12pm-12:50 pm, with a showcase week six of class.

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Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Spring 2019 (ages 8-13)
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Spring 2019 (ages 8-13)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 11:00AM-11:45 AM, Saturdays, 3/16/19-4/20/19

Early Bird Registration: $105 (2/1-2/28)

Regular Registration: $120 (3/1-3/16)

Pre-Requisites: None

Let your child discover the joys of improv by utilizing their own innate sense of play, curiousity and authenticity. In this six week Beginner workshop starting Saturday, March 16, kids build confidence by learning basic improv principles and stage direction, and it all culminates in a final showcase for friends and family week six of class.

Space is limited to 10 students, 8-13 years old, so sign up early!

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Character Creation for Sketch, Improv and Performance
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Character Creation for Sketch, Improv and Performance

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Class Length: 4 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-8:30pm, Thursday nights, 1/17/19-2/7/19

Registration: $97

Pre-Requisites: some performance experience or acting or improv instruction is preferred, as some foundational performance skills and knowledge (e.g. stage presence, basic scene work, monologues) will be assumed in the teaching of this course.


TV, sketch comedy shows and film have produced memorable and enduring characters that make us laugh, cry or think. But how do actors create characters? And how can performers leverage these skills to create deeper, richer characters to build sketches around, or have "on call" for an improv scene, or produce for a scripted play?

In this four week course, students will learn skills to: 

+Build whole, memorable characters "from scratch"
+Help them understand what makes good characters live beyond an idea, page or stage direction
+Use their own innate gifts and unique point of view to create characters that feel grounded (even if they're ridiculous)
+How to access or leverage characters to build scenes or support other characters

Students will receive direct feedback and instruction as they build three separate characters over the four week course. 

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 1/15/19-2/19/19

Early Bird Registration: $160 (12/1-1/1)

Regular Registration: $200 (1/1-1/15)

Pre-Requisites: None


Grow your confidence, stage presence and comedy chops (or hey, just come to have fun and learn something new!)

"How do you do that?"

"I could never do something that risky."

"You're all so quick. My brain doesn't work that way."

"Whatever those people are doing seems terrifying...but maybe it could help me with that upcoming work presentation...?"

Improv comedians have heard (and thought) all these statements (and others) from individuals who are intrigued by the concept of "making stuff up" but think they'd never be able to do it. 

But that's simply not the case. 

Improv is a LEARNED art form that provides structure, exercises and teamwork to help individuals grow their confidence, work better together, and most importantly, feel perfectly at home in their own skin.

In Hashtag Comedy's Level One six week improv class, students will: 

+Learn the power of YES!
+Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"
+Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)
+Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games
+Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

If you want to take these principles and become an improv comedian...great! Our classes will support you in beginning (or continuing your comedy journey).

If not, that's great, too! We welcome students of all levels, ages and occupations. Improv is a foundational life skill that sticks with you long after you've left the classroom or stage. In fact, we know it can make you a better boss, parent, co-worker, friend and human. 

***Classes run for six weeks on Tuesday evenings beginning 1/15/19 from 7pm-9pm.*** A final showcase will be held after class ends at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 2/21 at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 1/15/19-2/19/19

Early Bird Registration: $160 (12/1-1/1)

Regular Registration: $200 (1/1-1/15)

Pre-Requisites: Level One (some outside improv education and performance experience is welcome. Please message with questions)

This Level Two improv course continues to build upon the foundations students learned in Level One, with added emphasis on: 

+Layered scene work
+Exploration of "game"
+Finding the "truth in comedy"
+Making compelling character choices

**This course is six weeks long, beginning 1/15/19 from 7pm-9pm.** Students will participate in a showcase at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 2/21 at 8pm.

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Improvised Musical Level One
Jan
12
2:00 PM14:00

Improvised Musical Level One

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Class Length: 4 Weeks

Time/Dates: 2-3:30pm, Saturdays, 1/12/19-2/2/19

Registration: $97

Pre-Requisites: Students must have longform improv instruction or performance experience, and have taken Foundations for the Improvised Musical (or have performance/experience equivalent. Please message with questions.)

If you've seen TBD: the Improvised Musical, or any of the other musical improv comedy around Columbus or on shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", you've seen that magic often happens when music and improv collide. On-the-spot stories and emotions brought to life with music add an element to a performance that audiences and performers alike, love. 

In Improvised Musical Level One, students will begin learning the specific show structure and format of TBD: the Improvised Musical, as well as continue to build upon their musical improv skills. Exercises and lessons include: 

+Continuing work on improvising music, creating rhymes and building strong melodies and choruses in the moment
+Creating characters and understanding their roles in the musical as a whole (e.g. protagonist, antagonist, comedic support, authority figure)
+Introduction to story structure, story arcs and how these principles build and support this longform musical
+How to harness the power of group numbers, "I Want" songs and duets
+How to create rich harmonies, in the moment

...and more!

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Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Winter 2019
Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two, Winter 2019

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 12:00PM-12:50 PM, Saturdays, 1/12/19-2/16/19

Early Bird Registration: $105 (12/1-1/1)

Regular Registration: $120 (1/1-1/12)

Pre-Requisites: Level One 

Building upon the skills in Level One, students deepen their understanding of good stage presence, vocal projection, comedic timing, improv games and principles, and, of course, building their confidence in their own authentic voice. The course runs on Saturdays starting January 12 from 12pm-12:50 pm, with a showcase week six of class.

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Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Winter 2019 (ages 8-13)
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Kids Improv Comedy Classes, Level One, Winter 2019 (ages 8-13)

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 11:00AM-11:45 AM, Saturdays, 1/12/19-2/16/19

Early Bird Registration: $105 (12/1-1/1)

Regular Registration: $120 (1/1-1/12)

Pre-Requisites: None

Let your child discover the joys of improv by utilizing their own innate sense of play, curiousity and authenticity. In this six week Beginner workshop starting Saturday, January 12, kids build confidence by learning basic improv principles and stage direction, and it all culminates in a final showcase for friends and family week six of class.

Space is limited to 10 students, 8-13 years old, so sign up early!

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Let's Play! an Improv Skills Workshop for Parents and Kids
Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Let's Play! an Improv Skills Workshop for Parents and Kids

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Class Length: 2 hours

Time/Dates: 11am-1pm, Saturday, 12/8

Registration: $36

Pre-Requisites/Class Notes: No pre-requisites necessary. Registration fee covers ONE parent and ONE child. See below for additional notes.

Let's Play! is an improv workshop designed to pair parent and kid (ages 6-12) in a fun, interactive environment. Come learn the skills improv comedians use when they perform "on the spot" and translate those skills into more meaningful play, communication and connection between parent and child.

Participants will engage in exercises that teach: 

+Being present in the moment
+How "yes, and..." can help parents and kids feel more connected
+Using play to communicate more effectively
+Harnessing a kid's innate sense of play to re-access your own creativity stores
+Fun ways to interact without screentime

This workshop is two hours, with a short break and snacks included in the time frame.

**PLEASE NOTE: Your registration fee covers ONE parent and ONE child.**

The workshop is designed specifically for one-on-one interaction between a parent/adult family member and child, as you will be partnering with your child throughout the workshop. If you have other children who would like to attend, they may register with another parent/adult family member for the purchase of an additional registration, or they may attend alongside you for an additional fee (please message us for ticketing information). But please note that some of the exercises will be more difficult to navigate in groups larger than two. We strongly encourage you to embrace this one-on-one time with your child! :)

We are so excited to meet you all in class...let's play!

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Foundations for the Improvised Musical
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Foundations for the Improvised Musical

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If you've ever watched Wayne Brady make up a song on the spot on "Whose Line is it Anyway?", caught TBD: the Improvised Musical on a Friday night Up Front at Shadowbox Live or even just catch yourself singing little ditties for your dog on the daily, then Foundations of the Improvised Musical is the course for you.

In this four week foundational class, participants will learn

  • Basic song structure and how songs are built

  • How to improvise melodies, create rhymes and build strong choruses in the moment

  • How to leverage emotion in your music to create a strong point of view

  • The basics of group numbers

  • The basics of on-the-spot harmonization

...and more!

This is a four week workshop, with dates running: 

  • Thursday, 11/8, 7pm-8:30pm

  • Thursday, 11/15, 7pm-8:30pm

  • **NO CLASS THURSDAY 11/22**

  • Thursday 11/29, 7pm-8:30pm

  • Thursday 12/16, 7pm-8:30pm

The workshop is fun, immersive and interactive...and the best part is, just about ANYONE can do this class! That's right, you don't have to consider yourself a singer to enjoy and learn the material. Improvised music rewards those with the guts to try...even if you don't have a lot of musical or improvisational experience.

(All that to say, some improv experience (on stage or completed classes) and familiarity with music and/or musicals will help you in this class, but is not necessary for registration.)

Spots are limited for this class, so sign up soon! 

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

sarah j storer improvised musical instructor

Sarah J Storer brings over 15 years of improv experience to the classroom. She originally studied with Cinublue Productions, and received further instruction from the legendary Chris Lane and MCTD's Jeff Gage. She is the Director of Improv Education for Hashtag Comedy, and created TBD: the Improvised Musical in 2015. She earned a diploma in piano performance in high school, and is a singer and songwriter with three original one-woman shows that debuted in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Sarah's goal in teaching is to help students discover "lightbulb moments" and gain confidence on stage through understanding and embracing their unique voice.

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Foundations of Speaking Accents
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Foundations of Speaking Accents

Ever wanted to know how to speak in a certain accent? Think you have your Sean Connery down, but would like to speak a passable Cockney? 

Whether you're a performer, entertainer, or just someone who likes to inject a little fun around the family dinner table, Foundations of Speaking Accents is a course that will teach you what you need to know to speak in authentic accents.

This course will introduce participants to foundational voice and speech skills for actors and performers (and at home entertainers!). The course will continually build upon information each week as participants transition from principles of speech and personal vocal awareness, to more advanced skills, such as accents and vocal extremes.

GOALS: By the end of this four week course, participants will...

  • Have a foundational understanding of the physical components of speech production.

  • Have greater awareness of individual voice and speech habits.

  • Expand their range of speech and voice skills for acting and performing with accents.

  • Understand the components that make up an accent and how to approach learning new accents, voice skills.

  • Begin to more seamlessly incorporate their vocal awareness into future acting, improv, and accent work.

CLASS HIGHLIGHTS!

  • This course will be physically active and engage participants with Knight-Thompson Speechwork and other other leading vocal training methodologies (please come to class dressed comfortably and ready to move).

  • Participants will get regular opportunities to combine new voice and speech skills to improv games and scenes.

  • During this course, participants will explore common accents that actors routinely encounter (ex - British (RP), Cockney, Irish, and American Southern)

**THIS IS A FOUR WEEK COURSE running on Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 from October 30th through November 20th**

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

colton weiss harvard voice instructor

Colton Weiss is a local actor, voice & speech artist who is very excited to be back in Columbus! He recently returns to Cbus after living in Cambridge, MA for two years where he completed his master’s in voice & speech pedagogy with the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. During that time, Colton coached over fifteen different productions, taught college courses on accents/dialects, acting, voice and speech skills for actors, and trained with international artists from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. Favorite coaching credits include: Charlotte's Web (A.R.T./Dmitry Troyanovsky, dir.), Violet the Musical (A.R.T. @ Oberon/Sammi Cannold, dir.), The Owl Answers (Harvard University/David R. Gammons, dir.), and Kin (Tufts University/Barbara Grossman, dir.). He is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and previously earned Bachelor of Arts degrees from The Ohio State University. Many thanks to #HashtagComedyColumbus for all their creative support! (Coltonweiss.com).

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Level One Kids Improv Classes, Fall Session
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Level One Kids Improv Classes, Fall Session

Use the principles of improv to hone and enhance stage presence, build confidence and teach the power of “yes!” for young performers.

In this workshop, kids will use improvisation skills and games to explore ideas together, create compelling characters and perform confidently – no script required!

Kids learn to:

  • Create truthful performances
  • Make strong choices
  • Hone stage presence techniques
  • Build confidence in individual and group ideas

The sixth week of this class includes a final showcase for parents, where kids will put on a fully improvised set that highlights what they’ve learned over the past five weeks.

When: Sundays, September 16-October 21, 11am-12pm

Where: Shadowbox Live

Who: Kids ages 8-13

Cost: $120 (20% off tuition for students who register before September 1)

Register today!

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Level Two Kids Improv Classes, Fall Session
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Level Two Kids Improv Classes, Fall Session

Use the principles of improv to hone and enhance stage presence, build confidence and teach the power of “yes!” for young performers.

In this workshop, kids will continue to build on the skills they learned in Level One, including:

  • Advanced scene work
  • Advanced Improv games
  • Advanced stage techniques
  • Advanced group work

The sixth week of this class includes a final showcase for parents, where kids will put on a fully improvised set that highlights what they’ve learned over the past five weeks.

When: Sundays, September 16-October 21, 12pm-1pm

Where: Shadowbox Live

Who: Kids ages 8-13

Pre-requisite: Level One

Cost: $120 (20% off tuition for students who register before September 1)

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three (FALL 2018)
Sep
15
2:30 PM14:30

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three (FALL 2018)

Building on the principles of Level One and Level Two, students will:

  • study advanced scenework

  • explore longform openers and forms

  • build real relationships and characters in the moment that can sustain story/dramatic arcs

  • find and leverage "game" in scenes

  • ...and more!

Pre-requisites: students must have completed Levels One and Two. However, some outside coursework may be considered in special circumstances. Message to learn more.

**This is a six week course running on Saturdays beginning 9/15 from 2:30-4:30.** A final class showcase will be held Thursday, 10/25 at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro at 8pm. 

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Adult improv Comedy Classes, Level Two (FALL 2018)
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Adult improv Comedy Classes, Level Two (FALL 2018)

Pre-requisite: Level One (Some outside course equivalents accepted. Message for more details.)

This Level Two improv course continues to build upon the foundations students learned in Level One, with added emphasis on: 

  • Layered scene work
  • Exploration of "game"
  • Finding the "truth in comedy"
  • Making compelling character choices

**This course is six weeks long, beginning 9/15 from 12-2.** Students will participate in a showcase at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro on 10/25 at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One (FALL 2018)
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One (FALL 2018)

In Hashtag Comedy's Level One six week improv class, students will: 

  • Learn the power of YES!
  • Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"
  • Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)
  • Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games
  • Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

We welcome students of all levels, ages and occupations. Improv is a foundational life skill that sticks with you long after you've left the classroom or stage. In fact, we know it can make you a better boss, parent, co-worker, friend and human. 

***Classes run for six weeks on Saturdays beginning 9/15 from 10am-12pm.*** A final showcase will be held after class ends at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro on 10/25 at 8pm.

Class registration is $200. Students who register before September 1 receive 20% off tuition.

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Accents and Dialects with Alex Lefeld (ages 16 and up)
Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

Accents and Dialects with Alex Lefeld (ages 16 and up)

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Learn new skills, have more fun!

That's right, it's all the fun of summer camp, but for adults, and with minimal time commitment!

In this course, improvisers and actors will gain knowledge and practice through researching and preparing dialects that are commonly used in dramatic texts, via the phonemic alphabet. Skills learned in this class help the actor become more versatile and rounded performer. Improvisers will also gain the ability to adapt methods learned in class to discovering new dialects and how to produce them.

In other words:

  • Learn the techniques needed to speak in Irish, British or other accents
  • Explore the phonetics of different accents and apply that knowledge to learn more accents on your own
  • Understand the difference between similar accents and how to transition easily between them

This course is both for improvisers and actors with a broad range of experience. So whether you're new to the game, or want to fine tune your repertoire, this class is for you!

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

alex lefeld accents and dialects.jpg

Alex Lefeld is an acting and improv veteran who has trained at Second City TC in Chicago, SAK Comedy in Orlando, and Co-Founded Fishbowl Improv at Ohio State University. Alex is a founding performer of TBD: the Improvised Musical and has formerly been a part of groups like Fake Bacon and Pocket Lint. Alex graduated with a BA in Theatre from OSU with specialized training in acting, movement, voice and improv. Alex is also an award winning actor whose students have gone on to sign with acting agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

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Summer Camp Week Nine: Improvised Musical Intensive with Alex Dodge and Sarah J Storer
Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Camp Week Nine: Improvised Musical Intensive with Alex Dodge and Sarah J Storer

If you've seen TBD: the Improvised Musical, or any of the other musical improv comedy around Columbus or on shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", you've seen that magic often happens when music and improv collide. On-the-spot stories and emotions brought to life with music add an element to a performance that audiences and performers alike, love.

In this improvised musical workshop, TBD: the Improvised Musical's creator, Sarah J Storer, and founding cast member, Alex Dodge, will work with students to learn and understand:

  • How to improvise music, create rhymes and build strong choruses in the moment
  • How to leverage music to enhance emotion and character
  • How to harness the power of group numbers, "I Want" songs and duets
  • How to create rich harmonies, in the moment
  • How to build strong characters that drive a sustainable narrative (even if you don't have a strong music background)

...and more!

This is a four hour workshop, with short breaks built in as necessary (please bring what you need to feel comfortable throughout the day, including water and/or snacks). Bring something to take notes.

Pre-requisites: Students should have taken at least one to two basic improv classes, or have at least one to two years equivalent performance experience. Some longform experience is preferred, but is not required.

Spots are limited for this class, so sign up soon! Group rates are available for existing troupes and teams...message for details.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Sarah J Storer brings over 15 years of improv experience to the classroom. She originally studied with Cinublue Productions, and received further instruction from the legendary Chris Lane and MCTD's Jeff Gage. She is a founding member of Hashtag Comedy, created TBD: the Improvised Musical in 2015. She earned a diploma in piano performance in high school, and is a singer and songwriter with two original one-woman shows that debuted in 2016 and 2018. Sarah's goal in teaching is to help students discover "lightbulb moments" and gain confidence on stage through understanding and embracing their unique voice.

Alex Dodge is an improv veteran with experience performing and teaching all over the country, including Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, MD. He is a founding member of TBD: the Improvised Musical and teaches improv to students at the Arts and College Preperatory Academy (ACPA).

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Summer Camp Week Eight: How to Write Anything with Erik Sternberger
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Camp Week Eight: How to Write Anything with Erik Sternberger

Have an idea burning a hole through the back of your brain, but not sure what it is? We’ll talk about how to let your idea tell you what it wants to be through a variety of forms*.

Want to write satire, like The Onion, a sketch like Saturday Night Live, a TV show like Fargo, or a movie like Fargo? Want to know how to edit so you don’t repeat yourself?

In this class we will explore how to write for each form, building the techniques that you need to get to your story quickly and skip from a first draft to a third draft saving you time, headache and self loathing.

Students will cover:

  • How to use your Point of View to drive your piece
  • Knowing what form of media your idea should take
  • Letting your characters drive the action, not the plot
  • Breaking down an example of article writing, sketch writing, a tv episode and a movie
  • Why you should watch terrible tv and movies
  • Why the end of the first GI Joe movie makes no sense. (Time Permitting)

The final hour of class will be spent workshopping ideas or current works in progress...so bring a project you've been working on!

*Except the Great American Novel. That already exists and is called “50 Shades of Grey”.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

erik sternberger writer

Erik Sternberger started his career designing toys for DC Comics in New York and then spent a lucky 13 years working for various digital marketing agencies. Locally, MadLab Theatre staged his short play collection titled “, but it’s not about that.” as part of 2016's prestigious Roulette festival. He studied sketch writing and improv at the legendary Second City Chicago and his production company "Apathetic Revolutionary" creates comedy shorts and original scripts that have won awards at film festivals and contests around the country, including the final round of Sundance’s 2018 Writers Lab. Currently, Erik contributes to Funny or Die and writes satire for websites and literary journals, such as McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies.

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