Class Descriptions

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Comedy Sketch Writing with Megan Mack

Next Session starts Tuesday, August 21 - click here to register

This class teaches the basics of comedy sketch writing and culminates in a student table reading. No experience is necessary.

DATES: August 21 to September 25 (6 weeks)

TIME: Tuesdays, 6:00PM to 8:00 PM

$125

Megan Mack is an improviser, sketch comedy writer, and television and radio producer with WXXI. . She is a graduate of the Conservatory and Writing programs at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto, and has studied with Jimmy Carrane, Armando Diaz, Susan Messing, and T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi. Megan performs with the sketch comedy troupe Thank You Kiss and Canary in a Coalmine. She also has performed with the long form improv team Two Fat Ladies.  She has coached Left for Dead, an improv team of performers ages 50+, since 2011. Her videos and sketch comedy can be seen on YouTube.

 

Song Lyric Writing

next session starts SOON!

DATES: TBD (5 weeks)

TIME: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

COST: $125

In this five week class, students will study the art of song lyric writing, focusing not only on meter, rhyme, and form but other songwriting topics like pulse point, blocking a song, finding a lyrical approach, and other tricks, tips, and techniques used by professional songwriters.

Because this class focuses on the written word, with the goal of becoming better communicators regardless of the creative discipline, the ability to read music is not necessary; in fact, poets will also benefit from the techniques taught in this class.

INSTRUCTOR:  Tony Falzano, award-winning songwriter and the author of “Your Lyric-Writing Workbook”, has been writing songs for over 40 years. He studied writing for the musical stage under the legendary Lehman Engel. He lived and worked in Nashville, TN, where he studied song and lyric-writing with several well-known commercial songwriters. He was the Projects Director for the Songwriter's Guild in Nashville.

There he developed courses to educate songwriters on the creative and business aspects of the music industry. He is an adjunct professor in the music department at Monroe Community College, where he teaches songwriting, lyric-writing, music business, and the History of Rock and Roll.

His songs have been featured in a number of local musical theater productions, including “A New Day Starts Tonight”, performed in March, 2015 at GEVA Theatre, and “Crazy ‘Bout You” in November, 2015 at The Dugan Center, Rochester, NY.

 

Stand-Up Comedy

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An approach toward performing stand-up material for your very first audiences. Group instruction and discussion to focus on practice and building confidence in writing stand-up material, stage presence and delivery. One-on-one discussions to include setting realistic expectations and personal goals for each student.

LONG FORM IMPROV

next session starts sunday, september 9 - click here to register

By the end of this 3-level program students will be able to work within a cast to create full length, fully improvised plays that incorporate spontaneous monologues and scenes with recurring characters, themes, and games.  Performers will develop skills that enable them to write, direct, edit, and act in pieces that are made up on the spot using a single audience suggestion.

Particular focus will paid to the format known as the Harold.  Originally conceived by Del Close in the 1960’s with the Compass Players in San Francisco and later developed at the Improv Olympic in Chicago with Charna Halpern, the Harold is widely considered the cornerstone of modern improv comedy.

Our program uses a skill-building model that allows students to move progressively toward stronger understanding of long form improvisation theory and skills.  All students are required to start at Level 1 although exceptions may given to those that have completed classes elsewhere, please ask.  

 

SHORT FORM IMPROV

DATES: Meets every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday of the month)

TIME: 7:00PM to 9:00 PM

INSTRUCTOR: Keith Gomez

COST: $10 cash drop in, OR purchase a discounted multi-class pass for $100 for 12 classes that you can use anytime (expires one year from date of purchase).

Dive into the fun, quick-thinking world of short-form improv with this weekly two-hour workshop.  Students will learn to execute and perform classic theater games and forms like those seen on the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway.  No experience necessary.


For more than 14 years, Keith Gomez has been improvising as part of numerous teams, including Random Acts, Monstrosssity, and Two Fat Ladies.  He also coached for the Long Form Harold League and is currently directing the hit troupe “Left For Dead.”

Buy your multiclass discout pass here: https://www.focustheater.us/register/short-form

 

INTRO TO IMPROV FOR TWEENS & TEENS

next session starts October 14th! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

DATES: Sundays, October 14, 21, 28; November 4

TIME: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

COST: $75

OPEN TO: Students ages 10-13

INSTRUCTORS: Stephanie Barnes; Sara Moore; Joanne Brokaw

In Intro to Improv for Tweens & Teens, students will learn the basics of improv - group mind, "yes and", characters, and scene work - while developing team building skills, gaining confidence, and, most importantly, having fun! This four week session is open to students ages 10-13.  Space is limited!