Character 101 Wednesdays 7-10pm
Character 101: Character Basics
|Prerequisites||Completion of Improv 201 OR Sketch 101|
|Start Date||Mar 6, 2019, 7:00pm|
|Class Size||12 students|
|Sessions||8 sessions, 3 hours each|
|Performance||Apr 28, 2019, 3:00pm|
This class will use the concept of the "Game" so a background in other UCB classes is important. Students will be taught different strategies for coming up with characters. By the end of class students will have developed multiple characters culminating in a class show where they will perform one 3-5 minute character monologue.
Please note: Students will be expected to write and prepare characters outside of class each week. You will perform those characters! You will write AND perform!
Maximum class size is 12
Note: First session is on Ash Wednesday and meets during Passover (but not on first two nights). Check calendar before enrolling.
Jon Bander, teacher
Jon Bander is an actor and comedian living in New York. He is a Character 101 teacher and member of house team Characters Welcome at UCBT. He also taught and performs musical improv with Premiere: The Improvised Musical and Warm Blooded at the Magnet Theater. Otherwise he does character bits and standup at various NYC theaters, bars and basements.
Jon was selected to perform in the New Faces: Characters showcase at the 2015 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He has also worked for The Second City Theatricals aboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship. Jon has also performed and taught workshops at festivals and cities across the country. He's been fortunate to study with improv luminaries like TJ Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, Armando Diaz, Mick Napier and Susan Messing to name a few.
Outside of improv, Jon has appeared on TBS's "Search Party" and the Netflix shows "Master Of None", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "The Characters". He also performed off-off Broadway in 'PharmaBro: An American Douchical", "8 Million Protagonists", "POPE! An Epic Musical" and NY Fringe Festival hit musical "Nightfall On Miranga Island".
Most people just call him Bander. Feel free to do the same.