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 2pm-4pm, from September 10th to October 1st.
Where: 1st Beat Room
How much: $205.00
How many: 12 maximum
BeerSharkMice Master Improvisation Class
With Pat Finn, Peter Hulne, and Michael Coleman
BeerSharkMice will offering a Master Improv class to all Chicago students in the iO Del Close theater.
Sixty student max. No exceptions. The workshop will be taught by Pat Finn, Michael Coleman and Peter Hulne and it will consist of a four-hour workshop intensive.
BeerSharkMice (also known as the “Slacker”) is a long-form improvisational show that originated in Los Angeles. It’s generally an hour-long performance based on a suggestion of a location. The location is the starting point for an array of scenes where the players tag in to spin the scene in a new direction or wildly out of control. Sometimes it comes full circle and ends where it all began.
Pat Finn, Michael Coleman and Peter Hulne collectively have been improvising for over 25 years and have taught workshops at colleges, festivals and at the iO Thetaer. Their resumes are packed with television and film credits, so this is a wonderful opportunity for you to work with working actors.
The workshop will help you make strong choices, become a better listener, build team trust and most importantly have fun
Class breakdown: the three will divide the class into sizable 20-student groups. Every hour the groups will rotate until every group has worked with each teacher. The final hour will be divided into three 20-minute BSM show slots where we mix and jumble up the 20 member groups.
This is your chance to show what you’ve learned in front of the three-judge panel and be critiqued. Each teacher will focus on the following:
- Pat Finn: Better edits, heightening scenes, callbacks, going wide and tag outs
- Michael Coleman: Relationships, starting scenes, trust, strong scene choices
- Peter Hulne: First scenes, object & space work, character and location understanding
Pat Finn grew up in Wilmette and is a founding member of BeerSharkMice in Los Angeles. After graduating from Marquette University, Pat joined the Improv Olympic (iO) and The Second City in Chicago. After being selected for the Main Stage at Second City, Pat was offered the co-starring role on a CBS sitcom. Pat has acted and improvised all over the world and is a founding member of “BeerSharkMice.” His credits include among many others: Seinfeld, Friends, Curb
Your Enthusiasm, House, Dude Where’s My Car and It’s Complicated. Currently Pat has a recurring on ABC’s The Middle.
Michael Coleman is a native of Chicago, and also a proud founding member of BeerSharkMice. He has studied and performed in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Some of his Film and Television credits include; Anchorman, How High?, The Middle, Modern Family, Monk, and Factory. He can currently be seen playing various historical characters on Drunk History.
Peter Hulne was born and raised on the Chicago’s Northside in Rogers Park. He started honing his craft at the Piven Theater and moved onto iO, the Second City touring company and The Annoyance. He was on the iO house teams, Corky’s Callback, The FAMILY and was the original creator (and still only president) of BeerSharkMice. Peter has appeared on Brooklyn 99, The Office, American Body Shop, Good Luck Charlie, Wizards of Waverly Place, Celtic Pride and ELF where he and his identical twin play elves in Santas workshop.
When: Friday August 29th from 12pm-4pm
Where: Del Close Theater
How much: $53
How many: 60 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: Tuesdays 7pm-10pm, beginning August 26th
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 August 29th 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Opening Room
How much: $180.00
How many: 18 maximum