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Comedic Songwriting - Starts 05/07/14 (Two weeks)

Comedic Songwriting

A 2-week workshop.

Choruses, taglines and bridges, oh my. In just 2 jam-packed weeks, we'll explore the ins and outs of writing funny songs. ImprovBoston Artistic Director and former Second City music director Mike Descoteaux breaks comedic songwriting down into easy-to-use concepts guaranteeing success for students of every experience level.  From the craft of rhyming to developing comedic angles to exploring the relationship between characters and music, this intensive study will get participants' pens going and rhythm flowing. Previous musical experience is welcome but by no means necessary for this course.

 
Pre-requisite: None

 

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$99 per person. Maximum: 12 students

Day/Time: Sunday 11AM-1PM

Class Dates: May 7 and 14

Class Location: Room #6 at 620 Mass Ave.

Instructor: Mike Descoteaux

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.

 

Mike Decoteaux

Mike Descoteaux is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. Mike served as head and creator of the Music Program at The Second City Training Center and music director of the Second City Etc stage in Chicago. Named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association, he has had the privilege of working with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann and James LaPine. His work has been seen on NBC, A&E, WGN and stages across the country. He has “composed” and “conducted” over 1,000 completely improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy, Musical! the musical, I Eat Pandas, BLANK! The Musical Off-Broadway and many others. In addition to teaching at institutions like the Second City, ImprovBoston, Northwestern University, and Columbia College, Mike leads workshops in music improv around the world.

 

Date(s):
  1. Sunday, May 7, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2. Sunday, May 14, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
TBA - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Mike Descoteaux

Mike Descoteaux is the full time Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. He is the former executive director of the nationally renowned Charles River Creative Arts Program as well as founder of the celebrated Music Program at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Among other notable arts leadership positions, Mike is the co-creator of the ground-breaking Off-Broadway production BLANK! The Musical, and was the creator/director of the critically acclaimed sketch satire, Best Church of God, named “Best Sketch Comedy in Chicago” several years running. In various capacities, Mike has collaborated with Tony, Emmy and Oscar-award winning artists and, with equal passion, students and emerging artists of all ages. Mike designed the curriculum for ImprovBoston’s now 7-level core improv program, the theater’s Grad School, 3-level Music Improv Program and co-authored IB’s 3-level Sketch program. He created ImprovBoston’s Music Director Training Program (one of only 2 in the country, the other at the Second City whose program he also founded). Mike loves teaching improv, sketch, music improv, comedic songwriting and music direction. He’s taught at iO, The Annoyance, ComedySportz, UCB, the PIT, Just the Funny, Four Day Weekend, Florida Studio Theater, the Magnet and other comedy institutions nationwide. Over the past 2 decades, Mike’s led comedy workshops at festivals around the world including at the Boston Comedy Arts Festival, Finland Improv Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Chicago Musical Improv Festival, Sarasota Improv Festival, Colorado Improv Festival, Improv Utopia (East & Yosemite), the Alaska State Improv Festival, ITVFest and more. At ImprovBoston, Mike has directed its prestigious Mainstage cast, National Touring Company, The Family Show, All Access and numerous indie sketch and improv ensembles. “Mike D” is thrilled to combine his passion for improv, teaching, directing, music and arts management to serve this remarkable community.

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Tuition: $99.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com