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Sketch Classes at Drafthouse Comedy in DC


Sketch Comedy have been the cornerstone for comedy creativity for many years, including Late Night talk shows, SNL, Monty Python, MadTV, and more. Join us for our Sketch Writing course with veteran Stephen Hale and Improv performance with Topher Bellavia. Students will get stage time to perform in front of a live audience at Drafthouse Comedy in DC and/or the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Additionally, willing students can form in house troops and perform along national headliners as they continue to develop their skills. Time to get your creative comic juices flowing.


Sketch Comedy LEVEL 1 - Sketch Writing with 1 Performance

 

This course in an introduction to sketch comedy, writing short comedic scenes, rehearsing and working towards building a show that the students will perform in.  Each week students will explore different sketch formats and be asked, each week, to bring in a new sketch based on a specific format.

 

The goal of Drafthouse Comedy Level 1 Sketch Writing is to push students to not be afraid to fail in their writing, make big choices and take risks. Finding your own voice through the guidance and support of your teacher is what we strive to have you achieve.

 

The course will run for 8 total weeks.  5 weeks of writing, discussing and collaborating on new material.  2  weeks of rehearsing and exploring chosen sketches for the show and the final show, which will be held on the last day (8th week) of class.  

 

No prior sketch writing experience is necessary - the only requirement for this class is a desire to write, perform and learn.  Students should be prepared to work outside of class, writing new sketches, for the first 5 weeks of class.

 

Class Size: Max of 10 Students.

For more information please contact Stephen Hale: sdbhale@gmail.com

 

Class Size: Max of 10 Students. Tuesday 7pm - 9:30pm:
January 30th, February 6th,13th,20th,27th, March 6th,13th,20th

* Next Class Session Starts April 10th- Registration Available*


Sketch Comedy LEVEL 2 - Sketch Writing with 2 Performances

 

Prerequisite - Completion of Level 1 Sketch Writing within previous year.

 

This course is geared towards writing for and putting up shows with a shorter deadline.  Assignments will be given out weekly but the assignments given will allow students to really explore their own voice and find their own writing style. Each class students will critique, collaborate and give ideas on how to improve scenes with guidance from their teacher.  

 

Over the course of 8 weeks students will put up 2 separate shows.  2 weeks of writing, 1 week of rehearsal and 1 week for the show.  The students will then repeat the process of 2 weeks of writing, 1 week of rehearsal and 1 week for the show.

 

Drafthouse Comedy wants students to find their own voice, take risks and make big choices in writing and a faster timeline forces students to not overthink their writing.

 

The goal, after completing LEVEL 2, is that students will discuss forming their own sketch comedy groups and possibly getting a time slot at the DC Drafthouse Theater.


Next Class: TBA

For more information please contact Stephen Hale: sdbhale@gmail.com



TEACHER BIO

 

Stephen Hale lived, learned and worked in Los Angeles for 15 years before following his much smarter, Dr. Wife to DC.  Stephen trained and performed with the Groundlings, UCB and iOWest, while learning from and performing with some amazing writers and improvisers.  Stephen's sketch comedy group "The Midnight Show" has performed at the UCB theater in LA every month for the last 8 years, traveled the country performing with Drew Carrey, played festivals and sold a show to TBS (which never got made!)

 

Stephen co-wrote and starred in the Sundance Feature Film "One Too Many Mornings" and acted on several TV Shows while also contributing his writing to others.

 

He's excited to teach, perform and work with others in DC and turn Drafthouse Theaters into a Sketch Comedy Home for all DMV Comedians.


For more information please contact Stephen Hale: sdbhale@gmail.com


 

ATTENDANCE

 

We ask that all students be able to attend all eight scheduled classes and, if you cannot, recommend you wait until a course you can fully commit to is available.

 

We understand that emergencies happen so absences are allowed, but we do not allow more than two absences over the course of one eight week session.  If you miss more than two classes then you will be removed from the class and asked to repeat it.

 

REFUND POLICY

 

A full refund will be given if you notify us seven days before your class starts.

 

If you ask for a refund within seven days of the class starting a $75 cancellation fee will be applied.