(10138) Advanced Study Writing Tuesdays 6:45-9:45pm Dru Johnston
Advanced Study Writing: Writing a Sketch Show
- Completion of Sketch 301; Acceptance into Advanced Study Sketch
- Tuesdays 6:45-9:45pm
- Start Date
- Tue July 1, 2014, 6:45pm EDT
Students in this class will work together to write an original sketch show. Students will be held to weekly deadlines in order to generate material to be featured in the show. Students will also get the experience of generating material collaboratively with others.
Students will be expected to devote time to writing and rewriting material outside of class. Students will also get the experience of rehearsing, blocking, and producing sketches for the stage.
The culmination of Advanced Study Writing will be the performance of a sketch show comprised of student-generated material.
PLEASE NOTE: Students will be writing for a predetermined cast, not for themselves. The focus of the class is on writing, rewriting and producing sketches for the stage.
Advanced Study Writing also includes a mandatory Tech Rehearsal before the final performance. Students must be available to attend the Tech Rehearsal
In order to participate in the show and pass the course. Please check to make sure that you available for the tech rehearsal before signing up for the course.
Students must bring a sketch to the FIRST session of class. This sketch should be no longer than four pages. This first sketch should be written utilizing the concept of the "Game of the Scene," taught in Sketch 101 and Sketch 201. Students should be prepared to devote time outside of class to completing new writing assignments for every session.
Students will be required to see two scripted shows at the UCB Theatre before the end of the course.
Class Size: Varies
Class Title: WikipediHA!
Class Description: In this class we'll create an entire sketch show inspired by a single source, in this case a single wikipedia entry. As a class we'll collectively decide on a topic that interests us, and from there we'll honor, skewer and beat it to death with our comedy. Focus will be placed on finding unique pitches, busting the source open to find sketch angles you wouldn't expect, and balancing the show to make sure it covers a wide variety of angles while still staying true to the subject matter. Will we write a show about a single year in history? A scientific theory? A pop star from the 70's? Doesn't matter, as long as there's a wikipedia article about it we can make it into a sketch show.
Students must be accepted into the Advanced Study Program and to apply for a spot in this class. Students will be selected randomly from all qualified applicants. For more information on Advanced Study, see this page:
If you are interested in taking this class, please enter your email address in the form on this page:
You have until 6:00 pm on Monday June 16 to enter your email address. Students will be notified on Tuesday June 17 if they have a slot in the class.
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Dru Johnston, Teacher
Dru has studied sketch at UCB since 2008, and has been taught by Donald Glover, Michael Delaney, Chris Kelly and Ryan Karels. He has studied improv with countless teachers including Chris Gethard, Anthony King, Michael Delaney, Joe Wengert and Shannon O'Neill. He holds a degree in theatre from Whitman College.
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