Playwriting: Bridging the Gap: Sketch and Theater
About the class
Bridging the Gap: Sketch and Theater
With the commercial success of shows like Matt Cox’s Puffs, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson’s
Fucking Identical Twins, or even Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers’ Matt and Ben, there is a
long tradition of comedic playwriting that relies on the fundamentals of sketch comedy. This
course will guide you towards the development of a completed draft of a full-length play, through
writing exercises, concrete deadlines, and weekly workshopping and feedback.
Finding that sweet spot of long-form sketch and playwriting, we’ll touch on the core tenets of
playwriting and sketch, including character, dramatic structure, juxtaposition, heightening,
parody, development of personal voice and more.
This class is great for any sketch writer looking to branch out and write a play, for any playwright
wanting to hone their comedic craft or any weirdo with a funny idea they’re not quite sure what
to do with.
Writers should come to the workshop with an idea for a show in mind.