Workshops are a great way to expand your knowledge improv and sketch comedy – regardless of your skill level. Workshops are open to all Station alumni, students – Levels 1-5 and even our improv colleagues from other theaters. All improvisers are encouraged to register for these great workshops! Learning techniques from other instructors will broaden your knowledge-base and make you a stronger performer. AND they are FUN!!
MARCH 10-11, 2018
Sketch Writing Intensive with Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall
ONE-DAY WORKSHOP OPTION
Saturday, March 10: $180
This workshop will begin with the basics of sketch comedy. Attendees will then learn to flesh out ideas using the Kids in the Hall method of using improv to influence writing, allowing you to think naturally about writing and performing at the same time. Attendees will receive feedback from peers and helping them to turn improvised scenes into sketches. By the end of the day, the class will have created 4-7 fully-formed sketches.
Students in the Saturday workshop will debut their sketches in an 8:30 pm performance that night, alongside Kevin McDonald.
TWO-DAY WORKSHOP OPTION
Saturday & Sunday, March 10-11: $250
The 2-day option gives you a second day of writing with more personalized attention and critique, providing you with more material for future sketches. The focus of this day will be turning one-line premises into scenes.
Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe’s television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films and television shows, including Lilo & Stitch, “Ellen,” “That ’70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” “Arrested Development.” In 2006, “Sketch with Kevin McDonald” won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best Taped Live Performance – The Minnesota Wrecking Crew).
A NOTE FROM KEVIN:
An understanding of the rules & basics of improv is encouraged, since that is the method by which the be devising our sketches. He also apologizes, in advance, for all the Kids In The Hall anecdotes he’ll pepper throughout the day.