The Pack’s core Improv and Sketch Programs represent what we consider to be the foundations for good performers and writers. We also offer elective workshops throughout the year because a good performer never stops learning. Our electives help students expand their performance abilities and refine their understanding of different approaches to the work. Our commitment to adjustment, adaptation and evolution is what separates The Pack Theater from other comedy schools.
Developing Comedy For TV
Instructor: Spencer Griffin
8 weeks – $310
|DevComedy for TV||Tuesdays||7-10pm||Room 208||July 10th|
This elective workshop will focus on taking your original comedic pilot idea or script and turning it into a 1-5 page treatment. Starting with an overview of the development and pitching process and its players, the class will begin with evolving pilot ideas into serviceable loglines. We will also survey the current marketplace and examine what makes a show fit for a network or networks. The treatment work will include the development and description of logline, characters, tone, plot, story, and structure of both the show and the tangible treatment. By the end of the class, students will have a treatment they can either use as an auxiliary document with their script or take the treatment and start writing their pilot!
|July/August 2018 Session||
DevCom for TV Tuesdays 7-10pm, in Room 208, Starting July 10th
Advanced Sketch Writing for Television – May/June 2018
Instructor: Mike Upchurch
8 weeks – $310
|TVWriting||Saturdays||Noon-3pm||New Collective||May 5|
This is a comprehensive sketch writing course that includes theoretical, historical, and practical study of sketch comedy writing. Historical origins of the sketch will be explored, and the narrative of sketch comedy, and the superstructure of variety entertainment will be analyzed. Show business culture and the practical aspects of getting and keeping a comedy writing job will be explored in-depth. This course is taught by Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, Mike Upchurch, who wrote “The Poetics of Sketch Comedy” as part of his Master’s Thesis at UNLV, and wrote for Mr Show and the Chris Rock Show. Mike brings both a scholarly and professional perspective to teaching.
|May/June 2018 Session||
TVWriting Saturdays Noon-3pm New Collective May 5