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Online Class: Comedy Writing for the Stage

at Primary Stages ESPA

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8
System Requirements: The student will need an Internet connection and a browser, and installed programs like Google Talk, or Skype.
Class Delivery: Posting and Sharing
The virtual classroom has enhanced file-sharing capabilities for students to share work, bounce ideas off each other, and give feedback.

Virtual Office Hours
Instructors will post their virtual office hours each week, during which students can opt for 15-20 minutes of private discussion via Google Talk, phone, or Skype.
Teacher: Kate Moira Ryan

What you'll learn in this comedy writing class:

A solid grasp of the mechanics of comedy writing for the stage is a powerful tool in the hand of any playwright. While comedy is a main element of an over-the-top farce or a burning satire, it is just as essential to delicately lace comic elements into the most serious drama.

This class might be for you if you are:

  • A playwright in any stage of your career interested in the comedic form.
  • Looking to infuse your playwriting of any genre with smart, well-structured comedic elements.

In this class you will:

  • Study the specialized set of rules for comedy, which are vastly different from the dramatic form.
  • Complete writing assignments and workshops focused on these unique rules to develop your comedic work over six weeks.
  • Shape your ideas, structure your plot, develop believable characters, and write witty dialogue.

By the end of this class you will:

  • Have a solid understanding of the principles of comedy and how to weave them into any script.

About the online platform for this class: 

Zoom Meeting is easy to start, join, and use to collaborate online in a personable way via desktop or mobile without complicated set-ups. The Zoom Meeting Host (your ESPA instructor or administrator) sends out a meeting link and at the time of your class, you just click the link to launch the virtual classroom via your web browser. In the Zoom Meeting, each participant can share their webcam so that you're not only hearing your instructor and classmates but seeing them too, making it feel similar to being in one of the studios at ESPA. 

Other exciting collaborative Zoom features include Breakout Rooms in which students can meet in smaller groups, "Raise Your Hand" feature to better facilitate balanced conversation, Video Sharing, and File Transfer for your assignments. If you can't log in via a computer, there are also options to phone into the meeting so you can still participate in the class even if you find yourself without computer or internet access. And Zoom has an Apple and Android app, making it possible to take part in class from any device.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
  • If a student withdraws from a class prior to ten (10) business days before the class' start date, the $50 deposit will act as a cancellation fee.

  • If a student withdraws from a class within the six to ten (6-10) business days prior to the class' start date, the student is required to pay 50% of the tuition.

  • If a student withdraws from a class on or after five (5) business days prior to the class' start date, the student is required to pay 100% of the tuition.

Please note that all requests for withdrawal must be made in writing to CourseHorse. These cancellation fees cannot be used as tuition for future classes.
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Online Class: Comedy Writing for the Stage
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School: Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA

The Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA)'s multidisciplinary classes have trained playwrights, actors, and directors in all stages of their development and from all corners of the globe. Our focus is on nurturing, honoring, and advocating for emerging artists by providing them countless...

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