Character 101 ONLINE Wednesdays 7-10pm EDT

Character 101: Character Basics

Prerequisites
Scheduled ONLINE Wednesdays 7-10pm EDT
Start Date Apr 15, 2020, 7:00pm
Price $400
Class Size 12 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Performance Jun 6, 2020, 4:30pm
This is a writing and performance class focused on creating original characters. 

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!


Note: Due to COVID-19, some sessions of this course may meet remotely, online.


Students should have access to a computer and stable, robust internet access and be prepared to work outside of class, preparing sketches for presentation in every class and viewing sketch videos. This online course uses Google Classroom and Google Meet programs to conduct live sessions with your instructor and fellow students.

Please check to see if you have the compatibility requirements for utilizing these programs before registering:

https://support.google.com/meet/answer/7317473?hl=en

Jon Bander, teacher

Jon Bander 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.

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