Interested in comedy writing? The ColdTowne Conservatory sketch comedy writing program will help you break through your writer’s block and teach you the fundamentals of sketch comedy.
ColdTowne’s sketch writing instructors have trained at Second City’s sketch comedy program, have written for various satire publications and have written, directed, and performed in sketch shows that are too numerous to count.
Tuition is $225 for an eight-week course. Referral discounts and internships are available.
We guarantee you will have fun in your Level 1 classes. If you don’t, just let us know within 30 days and we will refund your money with no questions asked.
CONTACT: education [at] coldtownetheater [dot] com
LEVEL 1 – INTRO TO SKETCH
This course teaches students all aspects of producing a sketch show including writing, performing, directing, and tech. We explore basic sketch comedy structures and the fundamentals of creating comedic characters while helping you build a library of your own sketches. We also teach students to identify “games” within their scenes to help hone their ideas. Exercises in class work on how to use improvised scenes to brainstorm and generate material for writing. By the end of the course students will have begun to develop a sketch portfolio and have a better understanding of the writing process that can be applied to written projects outside of sketch (plays, screenplays, novels, etc.). Students will be asked to complete take-home assignments and workshop sketches in class to revise and sharpen their rewriting skills. This class includes a full length student showcase performance.
(8 Weeks. Prerequisite: At least one level of improv training from a reputable theater)
Students will participate in exercises and complete take-home assignments to be workshopped in class in order to help hone their voice as a writer. Students will also collaborate with the instructor and other students to develop professional writing skills such as meeting regular deadlines, pitching ideas, and working with a group to create an ensemble. The class will explore more advanced scene analysis, the ideas of satire and parody, and comedy’s role in social criticism. Learn to add depth to characters, and explore other mediums beyond the stage (video, podcast, etc.).
(8 Weeks. Prerequisite: At least one level of Sketch training from a reputable theater)
ABOUT OUR SKETCH INSTRUCTOR
Eric Rutherford is a seasoned veteran of the sketch comedy and improv world. He has written, performed and directed in Chicago, Los Angeles and Austin. He’s an alumni of the Second City, iO and the Annoyance theaters. He was the director of the acclaimed sketch troupe “Germans”, veterans of which are currently performing on Saturday Night Live. He currently teaches sketch and performs at ColdTowne Theater.