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.

Advanced Sketch Writing for Television – May/June 2018

$310.00

Instructor: Mike Upchurch

8 weeks – $310

LEVEL DAY TIME ROOM STARTS
TVWriting Saturdays Noon-3pm New Collective May 5
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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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May/June 2018 Session

TVWriting Saturdays Noon-3pm New Collective May 5

FINDING CHARACTERS May/June 2018

$310.00

Instructor: Jeff Sloniker

8 weeks — $310

DAY TIME ROOM STARTS
Mondays 7-10pm The Hammond May 7
Clear

Finding Characters is course that focuses on developing characters for the stage. Through improv exercises, scene work, and monologues, students will learn easy techniques for coming up with characters and applying them to their scenes. The course will also cover practical aspects of performing characters live, like finding character quirks, determining costumes, developing comedic timing, and using physicality to discover character movement.

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May/June 2018 Session

Characters Mondays 7-10pm Hammond May 7th

TWO PERSON SHOW WORKSHOP May/June

$310.00

Instructor: Miles Stroth

8 weeks — $310

DAY TIME ROOM STARTS
Sundays 2-5pm Pack Theater May 13
Clear

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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May/June 2018 Session

2Prov Sundays 2-5pm Pack Theater May 13

“Harold” Master Class May/June

$0.00

Instructor: Miles Stroth
Cost: FREE*** (see Prerequisite)
8 Weeks

LEVEL DAY TIME ROOM STARTS
Harold Saturdays 3-6pm West Room May 5
Clear

***Prerequisite: Must be NON-graduate of iO West AND have completed iOWest’s Level 4 Improv in the last six months.

In this class we will be going over every aspect of Harold from suggestion to lights. There are lots of lessons that can be learned from the classic Harold structure. Once we have Harold up on its feet, we will then look at how to break the Harold, making it more your own and more than the sum of its parts.

 

Additional information

May/June 2018 Session

Harold Saturdays 3-6pm West Room May 5