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Magnet Theater

Sketch Writing Level One

Sketch Writing Level One

Thursdays 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Begins:
Oct 16, 2014
Ends:
Dec 11, 2014
Class Size:
12
Instructor:
Armando Diaz
Price:
$350
Classes are non-refundable and non-transferrable after completion of registration.

Description

This class will teach you concrete skills that will help you become a better sketch comedy writer. You will learn how to develop your ideas, clarify your premise, create characters, and understand what makes a good sketch work. The class will consist of lectures, writing assignments, and focused and fun workshops each week. Most of the class will be about the work, but of course some of the class will be devoted to the business, and the improvement (or creation) of your sketch packet. 6 weeks. No experience required. Open to all.

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Instructor: Armando Diaz

Armando is widely regarded as one of the best improv teachers in New York City and beyond. His list of teaching credits is a long one: the ImprovOlympic Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYU and Michael Howard Studios. He has trained dozens of actors who have performed or written for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mad TV, and The Daily Show.

A Chicago native, Armando studied improv under Del Close at the ImprovOlympic, Mick Napier at the Annoyance, and graduated from the Second City Conservatory. He performed in and helped create one of the most popular improvised longforms in Chicago, "The Armando Diaz Experience...." For the last decade, "the Armando" has been performed weekly in Chicago, and is now taught and performed in many other cities including Los Angeles and New York.

In addition to writing and producing short films, Armando wrote sketches for the show Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central, and has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Session Schedule*

  • #1 - Oct 16, 2014, 7:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room A - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #2 - Oct 23, 2014, 7:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room A - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #3 - Oct 30, 2014, 7:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room A - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #4 - Nov 6, 2014, 7:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room A - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #5 - Nov 13, 2014, 7:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room A - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #6 - Nov 20, 2014, 7:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room A - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #7 - Dec 4, 2014, 7:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room A - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #8 - Dec 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room A - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.

Show Schedule*

  • This class does not include a performance.

*subject to change