Elective

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 Sept/Oct 2018

Instructor: Spencer Griffin

8 weeks – $310

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DevComedy for TV Tuesdays 7-10pm Room 208 September 11th

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Description

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!

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Sept/Oct 2018 Session

Dev Comedy for TV Tues 7-10pm Room 208 Starting Sept 11th

Writing A Pilot – Sept/Oct 2018

Instructor: Stephanie Streisand

8 weeks – $310

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Writing A Pilot Thursdays 7-10pm Room 208 September 6th

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This workshop teaches you to use you sketch experience to write a comedic pilot that shows off your strengths and who you are as a writer. It’s geared towards all level of pilot writing experience. Whether you’re set out to write a single-cam, multi-cam or animated pilot, you will learn from pitch to script, how to write a comedic pilot that showcases you and you will write it.

Prerequisite: 1 or 2 levels of sketch.

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Sept/Oct 2018 Session

Writing a Pilot Thur 7-10pm Room 208 Starting Sept 6th

Pilot Structure Workshop – ONE DAY ONLY

Instructor: Stephanie Streisand

1 day – $40

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Pilot Structure Sunday Noon-2pm Pack Theater August 19th

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Description

Just like there is a formula for writing a great, fun sketch, there is also a formula for writing a great, fun pilot. Through examples, in this one day workshop, Stephanie breaks down the format and the math behind the story structure of a comedic pilot, down to the page number. At the end of this workshop, you will know how to approach any comedic pilot idea you have.

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Sept/Oct 2018 Session

Pilot Workshop Sun 12-2pm Room 208 Aug 19th

Musical Comedy

$155.00

Instructor: Becky Sanders

4 weeks – $155

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Musical Comedy Sundays 3-6pm West Room August 5th
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Description

This workshop focuses on the skill set of musical comedy. We will develop skills like song structure and comedic point of view: the foundation of all musical comedy!  From there, we will work on emotional connection to musical choices, conventions of music genres, how to make smart choices in a musical comedy piece, and everything else you need to showcase your unique voice.

We will use these skills in improvised and scripted pieces in a range of genres, giving you a very solid foundation to create a fresh musical comedy act unique to your (now highly trained) voice!

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July/August 2018 Session

Musical Comedy, Sundays 3-6pm in The West, Starting August 5th

Advanced Sketch Writing for Television – Sept/Oct 2018

$310.00

Instructor: Mike Upchurch

8 weeks – $310

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Adv. Sketch for TV Saturdays Noon-3pm New Collective September 8th
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Description

Instructor: Mike Upchurch

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.

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Sept/Oct 2018 Session

Adv Sketch for TV Sat 12-3pm NewCollective Starting Sept 8th

TWO PERSON SHOW WORKSHOP Sept/Oct 2018

$310.00

Instructor: Miles Stroth

8 weeks — $310

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Sundays 2-5pm Pack Theater September 9th
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This elective workshop will focus on 2-person longform. Join with a partner or get paired up the first day of class and get ready to work. Miles did the first 2-person longform in Chicago back in 1998. It is some of the best training you can get. You have to do everything. Miles can show you how! Heather & Miles won the UCB Cagematch a record 49 times in a row doing 2-person that LAWeekly described as “beautiful chaos.” Come find out what was going on in those sets and learn to nail your own 2-person!

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Sept/Oct 2018 Session

2-Pro Sun 2-5pm Pack Theater Starting Sept 9th