COURSE: Sketch foundations
WHEN: 6:30-9:30pm, Mondays 2, 9, (no 16), 23, 30 Nov, 7, 14 Dec 2015
LOCATION: Inner west, Sydney, Australia
TEACHER: Tony Starr

Hone your sketch comedy writing skills! This 6 week program is designed for writers, actors and improvisors of all experience levels.

Learn basic scene structure, character development, establish action, and learn the styles and genres of comedy. Weekly writing assignments and in-class exercises generate material and establish a regular writing schedule. We’ll create a writer’s room, brainstorm ideas, create environment, write dialogue, work with story, write for the stage, and more.

This course lays the foundation for writing comic scenes in the Chicago style of sketch writing. No previous experience is necessary, but experienced writers and performers will still get a lot out of this course.

The program is lead by Tony Starr, a writer and improvisor who specialises in both written and improvised sketch, having trained in the Conservatory at Second City and UCB. He has spent many years in the L.A. sketch community and has been featured on Funny or Die, and written for iO West’s “Top Story Weekly”, The Second City’s “Second City This Week”, The Second City Show “Pretty in Pink Slips”, and video sketch team, Sketch Federation.