Character 101: Character Basics
- Completion of 401; Acceptance to Advanced Study Improv
- Mondays 3:30-6:30pm
- Start Date
- Mon June 17, 2013, 3:30pm EDT
This class will focus on using the concept of the "Game of the Scene" to create original comedic characters. Students will be taught different strategies for coming up with characters and impressions. They will then develop these characters and impressions through in class performances.
Even though we require improv experience, many of the exercises in this class use sketch writing principles to improve characters.
Please note: Students will be expected to write and prepare characters outside of class each week.
Maximum class size is 12
Michael Hartney, Teacher
Michael Hartney has been studying and performing at UCB since 2003, where he created So I Like Superman: A One-Nerd Show, and was a member of Maude teams High Treason, Arbuckle, and now The Prom. He was a writer/performer in the 2012 CBS Diversity Showcase, and has appeared on 30 Rock, the Yahoo web series SketchY, and the upcoming feature film Small Time. Michael has written for Logo and VH1 and has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo.