Scenework with Craig Uhlir
With Craig Uhlir
This class offers students more scenework with direct feedback and notes. This class will focus on scene creativity and we will run both short scene exercises and also longer length two person scenic explorations. Build better scene foundations and play into creating with your partner beyond the initiation. Strengthen your work and increase your personal satisfaction with the scenes you are in.
This class is for post iO graduate or students who have completed through level 3.
This elective is comprised of 8 classes, there will be no class the week of Thanksgiving.
Craig Uhlir has been learning/playing at iO since 1996. He was on teams with names like Varmit and Spank until becoming an early member of the house team Deep Schwa and later a member of the house team Valhalla. Craig still plays on Deep Schwa and following a six year run in the two man show Middle Age Comeback, he now plays every week with Prime. Craig toured with the Second City for over two years culminating with a tour of Kuwait and Iraq for the USO. Craig spent two years in Las Vegas performing for The Second City at the Flamingo, as well as teaching there too. Craig also played with ComedySportz Chicago in the 2000’s, and has hosted iO’s Jam on at least three separate stints starting all the way back in ‘97. Jam.
When: Thursdays from 4-7pm beginning October 23rd
Where: Opening Room
How much: $250.00
How many: 18 maximum
TV Comedy Intensive Class
With Marisa Ross
A 4 week TV Comedy intensive class with Casting Director Marisa Ross. Each week we will focus on a different type covering sitcom, single camera, imnprov-based and dramedy. We will use pilot scripts from recent unaired pilots to work on the material! Get yourself ready for pilot season!
Marisa Ross is a Casting Director working in both Chicago and Los Angeles. She just recently wrapped How I Met Your Mother and the spin off pilot How I Met Your Dad. Marisa has been the Casting Director on numerous Television Series including How I Met Your Mother, GREEK, The Goodwin Games, Tracey Ullman’s State of Union, Romantically Challenged, The Winner, We Got Next, Hollywood Residential, American Body Shop, The Showbiz Show with David Spade and Campus Ladies. Some of her pilots include Iceland (FOX), The Gabriels (FOX), Ace in the Hole (CBS), Single White Millionaire (CBS), Drive (FOX), and Mindy & Brenda (WB). She has worked both alone and with Casting Director Alyson Silverberg on many of her favorite credits. Some of her feature credits include The Virginity Hit, Snow Globe and Nic and Tristan. Some of her Associate Feature Casting Director credits include The Amityville Horror, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Hellboy. To launch her Chicago office, Marisa, led several casting searches in Chicago for pilots for CBS, ABC, 20th Century Fox and Sony. Marisa is the co-founder of the SCOUT Chicago Festival which is an annual comedy festival highlighting new talent. It is attended by casting executives from all the major studios and networks along with independent Casting Directors and agents from NYC and LA for a weekend in June. She is very proud of the diversity showcase (CSA sponsored) that she produces as part of that weekend. New this year will be a panel of Casting and Development executives, agents and Casting Directors to demystify the television process for free to students from all over Chicago. Marisa is an active member of both the Casting Society of America and the Television Academy which she has served for several years on the Casting Director peer group committee. Marisa Ross has been nominated three times and was the recipient of the Television Casting Director of the Year award in 2009 given by the Talent manager Association. Marisa and her husband Matthias have three fantastic boys and together they love to travel as much as they can. Marisa prides herself in her knowledge and discovery of up and coming comedic talent.
For more information, visit Marisa’s website: http://marisarosscasting.com/
When: Wednesdays 4-6pm from October 8th – October 29th
Where: 1st Beat Room
How much: $205.00
How many: 12 maximum
Creating & Refining Solo Material
With Paul Thomas
Writing and performing solo comedy scenes is a craft. Unlike stand-up comedy, it’s easy to do because theater audiences are much more forgiving. Like stand-up comedy, it’s extremely hard to do well. If you lack killer written material for yourself, this class will get you going, plus it’s also a great start for a solo show. The class focuses on creating compelling characters, crafting structurally sound, multi-layered scenes, being a better actor, and performing with confidence and discipline.
Paul Thomas has performed his critically acclaimed solo sketch show Comedogenic or parts of it at the New York Sketch Comedy Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, iO Chicago, SketchfestNYC, the Public HouseTheater, Just For Laughs Chicago, and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. His epic web series Ped Crossing, based on one of his solo sketches, was featured by The Onion’s AV Club. Some of other his moving picture work has screened at the Just for Laughs Festivals in Montreal and Chicago, the L.A.
Comedy Shorts Festival, and the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, amongst others. Paul is also a stand-up comic, and is a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy.
When: Mondays 7pm-10pm, beginning October 20th
Where: 2nd Beat Room
How much: $280.00
How many: 12 maximum
With Dave Asher
This class is good for anyone from the beginner who doesn’t feel comfortable singing to the expert who loves to sing. If your goal is to improve, you will. Exercises cover the range from group sonic explorations to solo songs, from rhyming choruses and choreography to truth in comedy with music. The focus is on applying the basic long form tools of agreement and group mind to the realm of music. This is a very organic connection. Finding the games of things, making patterns, keeping a rhythm, and supporting your teammate’s moves are essential to good improv and become even more relevant when the stakes are heightened to the point that music becomes necessary. Finding the truth in a moment brings even more rewards. There will be a performance night at the end of the eight-week session
When: Fridays, beginning October 24th 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Opening Room
How much: $180.00
How many: 18 maximum