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THE FOCUS THEATER IS A PERFORMANCE VENUE AND TRAINING CENTER FOR ROCHESTER, NEW YORK’S BEST COMEDIC MINDS. WE ARE THE ONLY AREA THEATER DEDICATED SOLELY TO THE ART OF IMPROV, SKETCH, AND STAND-UP COMEDY. CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING SHOWS OR SIGN UP FOR ONE OF OUR CLASSES TO BE IN ONE YOURSELF SOMEDAY! WE OFFER CLASSES DESIGNED FOR EVERYONE FROM THE “DABBLER” WHO JUST WANTS TO BE MORE OUTGOING AT WORK TO THE HARDCORE PERFORMER WHO WANTS TO MAKE IT TO THE STAGE. YOU CAN ALSO HIRE US TO PRODUCE CUSTOM SHOWS, WORKSHOPS, AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS. WHATEVER YOUR COMEDY ITCH, THE FOCUS THEATER CAN SCRATCH IT. COME HAVE A LAUGH WITH US. WE TAKE COMEDY SERIOUSLY!
By the end of this 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.
Dive into the fun, quick-thinking world of short-form improv. Students will learn to execute and perform classic theater games and forms like those seen on the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway, culminating in a graduation show. No experience necessary.
Starts April 15th. Classes are at 1PM. Open to students in grades 9 - 12. Final class includes a show case of per romances for invited guests.
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.
**Content Warning** Explicit language, “R-rated” content and themes are part of the tradition of stand-up comedy and are allowed in this workshop. That said, ‘punching down’ at oppressed people, marginalized groups, or making light of harassment or assault is strictly prohibited.
Duration: 8 Weeks
There is one public performance for this class at a local open mic night.
Please read all class policies prior to enrolling.
Dates: June 14 to August 2 (student show Friday, August 3)
Time: Thursdays, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Instructor: Woody Battaglia