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Sketch Comedy Writing 301: Writing & Producing a Revue


Sketch 301 is a 16-week revue creation and production process featuring 2.5-hour classes. Putting all the tools of 101 and 201 into practice, we conceive, write and produce an original 45 to 60-minute sketch comedy revue that will run in ImprovBoston's Studio Theater. Students graduate the Sketch Program with the knowledge and experience necessary to create and stage sketch revues at ImprovBoston and beyond!


In the first 8 weeks, we introduce important aspects of sketch comedy writing for real-life stage production - including props, costumes, marketing, technical considerations and creating the concept and structure of a show. Simulating a professional writer's room, the instructor guides students to create a cohesive collection of sketches, songs, and blackouts for show consideration. Every student will have writing featured in the performances. By the end of the first 8 weeks, the class will have a preliminary running order and drafts of all revue material completed.


In the second 8 weeks of 301, each student gains valuable exposure to a production role of his or her choosing in coordination with the recommendations of the instructor. Essential roles include: stage manager, assistant director, marketing directors, props designer, costume designer, sound designer,  revisions tracker, etc. These production team opportunities are in addition to each writer's role in revising and adjusting material throughout the rehearsal process. ImprovBoston holds open auditions for the ensemble and the cast arrives in week 9 to begin weekly rehearsals (during regularly scheduled class times). After 8 weeks of working hands-on in a real-world rehearsal process, it's curtains up on a 2-4 week run on a professional ImprovBoston stage!

Prerequisite: Sketch Comedy Writing 201 or permission from Artistic Director.

Classes run for 16 weeks

Prerequisite: SKETCH 201

Maximum Number of Students: 10