The Sketch Project
Sketchwriting & Performance
hosted by Tara DeFrancisco (with assistance from Rance Rizzutto)
Second City etc performer and touring company/boatco/theatrical director, Tara, will be assisting Nesties through their first beginning sketchwriting & performance class!
Four classes will run Wednesday evenings
Nov 16, 30 Dec 14, 28 6:30pm-8:30pm
Tech day TBA,
with a 7:30pm mini revue on Thu Jan 5!
1) You must be present at all of the classes.
2) This is a hybrid-class (part in person, part online) so you will need a strong internet connection, web cam, and mic to be a part of zoom calls. This will be planned closer to class time.
3) The class showcase is tentative and subject to change.
The idea: Developed specifically with the Nest, we’ve decided to focus upon different writing fundamentals each week – things like blackouts, group scenes, relationship driven scenes, political/satirical sketches, openings/closers – and Tara (and Rance) will walk you through the ideas and fundamentals of creating your own material. Each class you will be given homework assignments, and we will do roundtable reads on material to be pitched and combed through. Eventually, the sketches will be paired down, a few will be selected. This will be made into a small 30-45 minute revue running order by Tara & Rance, so that we can get reps on actually attempting the material on it’s feet – learning about things like chair sets, show running, and RO theory.
Beyond all the cool parts of this completely innovative course, you will have material you’ve made to keep and implement or pitch for sketch shows of your own at The Nest, as well as new tools to get you there for starting to create your own voice and work.
[At some point, we may offer an advanced course as well for those that are interested, but this course will cover quite a bit of intro material in a short amount of time. 4-weeks of a tight knit class supporting one another through homework and exciting projects, one full hardcore weekend of getting the sketches selected up to try in a safe environment to begin.]
This class will be limited to 10 people maximum for time and connection potential.
10 person cap
Completion of Nest Core Curriculum (Levels 1-4) prerequisite is required.
Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all class participants to be vaccinated.