Learn the basics of writing a solo sketch character. This class is ideal for people who want to explore the original characters in their heads with the goal of having a solo show or character reel. By the end of the class, you will have one solid character that you will perform that can be the basis of your future solo character show. Depending on your drive, you may end the class with up to three characters (fully fleshed out or the skeleton/idea).Session One: students will bring three character pitches. We will use improv exercises to initiate character premises based on the pitches and participate in a pitch round table. Session Two (and beyond) we will perform first drafts and get notes. Students will have homework between every session (re-writes, punch ups, or a new/ or previously pitched character). By Session 4 you will decide on one character to take forward to the Grad Performance. Grad Performance: The last week meets twice for a Tech and the live performance.
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Sketch Writing, Character Classes
LaGina Hill is a writer, comedian, and director based in Brooklyn, New York. She attended NYU, receiving a BFA in Theater. As a performer, she is an alum of Characters Welcome at UCB, an honor that has earned her invitations to Austin Sketchfest, the Women In Comedy Festival, SOLOCOM, and NYC Sketchfest. As a comedy writer, her work has appeared at Funny Or Die, The Root, FUSION TV, Horizon Theater (Atlanta), The Future Is Female Festival, and the People’s Improv Theater. Since 2015, LaGina has directed Super Sketch Tuesday, the house sketch program at The Peoples Improv Theater. Last year, she was named The Peoples Improv Theater’s “Best Director.” In 2019, her pitch for her pilot “Wonderland” won top honors at the Women in Comedy Festival and merited a mentorship from HBO and industry exposure at TruTV, NBC, CBS, Pearl Street Films. Currently, the pilot script for “Wonderland” is a semifinalist for the 2020 Cinestory Fellowship. In her spare time, she volunteers with Young Storytellers, an after school writing program, and tries to get into as much trouble as possible.
LaGina is also available for Private 1:1 Coaching for character work and stand up! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.