Story Structure for Sitcom Pilots and Specs – Ed Lee
Television writer and iO West instructor Ed Lee will discuss how television episodes – including pilots – are structured, and how you can apply it to your writing so your television scripts can have the best possible impact on your audience.
Ed Lee has written for several TV shows including “Norm,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Class of 3000,” and “Are You There, Chelsea?”, and has worked in punch-up rooms for many sitcom pilots. He currently teaches television writing classes at iO West, UCLA Extension, and the AFI Conservatory.
Friday, March 11th @ 10am – The Loft Register Now
FRIDAY, MARCH 11th
How to Pitch A Show Without Killing Yourself – Dana Goodman & Julia Wolov
The best idea in the world won’t sell without a great pitch. Pitching is a skill. Whether you are pitching to a producer, an agent, a studio or network executive, you want to sound like a professional. This workshop will teach you how to structure out an awesome pitch from finding inspiration for your show idea, coming up with a logline, character introductions, a summary of your pilot story, and a compact idea of what your first season will look like, and we will end the workshop with a Q&A. Do you have a show you want to pitch? Let Dana and Julia get you ready because as everyone in Hollywood knows we do everything right. God bless!
Dana Min Goodman & Julia Wolov are breast friends who have been writing and performing together for 20 years. They are the Creators of MTV’s Faking It which is now in its 3rd season, and are also the Creators of Comedy Central’s web-series Biatches. Together they have sold TV shows to TVLand, MTV, Comedy Central… and Lifetime and Oxygen (don’t judge). They have also staffed on shows such as MTV’s Good Vibes and Punk’d.
Friday, March 11th @ 12pm – The Del Close Theater Register Now
Creating a Character Showcase Overview – Megan Grano
Learn the basics of putting together a strong character showcase so you are prepared when auditions come your way.
Megan Grano has been teaching and coaching comedy for over a decade.She is also a performer and writer. You can see her full bio at www.megangrano.com.
Saturday, March 12th @ 10am – The Del Close Theater Register Now
Character Guts – Lauren Pritchard
This workshop will help you find your character guts. So you can play outside of yourself, not just a wacky voice. You will learn to give gifts to your fellow improvisers, jump into multiple characters, and dig into those relationships to bring joy to the stage by playing together. Get character guts! Great for gal improvisers who stuck playing “the chick”.
Lauren Pritchard started improvising in FL with Wayne Brady in 1991. She now performs in LA at Improv Olympic, ComedySportz and UCB. She was a regular cast member on season 14 of MADtv.
Lauren is currently recurring on Disney Channels: Stuck in the Middle, Gamers Guide, and Jessie. She was also on: HBOs True Blood, Comedy Centrals The Sarah Silverman Program, How I Met your Mother, Modern Family, Parenthood, The Crazy Ones, Vegas, Imagination Movers, Girlfriends, World Cup Comedy, Strong Medicine, ReelzTV, Acceptable TV, and currently three episodes of Andy Cohen’s Then and Now. She stars in the Film The Engagement Claus (Christmas 2016)
Lauren was the face of Bank One and lots of commercials. She performed in the Made up Game Show with Wayne Brady. She Hosts the New Years eve countdown on the Castle at Disneyland. She has performed with The Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast. She performs, teaches, and does corporate team building through improv with companies like Disney, Nestlé, Yahoo, Google, Sony..and many more.
Saturday, March 12th @ 2pm – The Mainstage Theater Register Now
SATURDAY, MARCH 12th
Duo Discovery (How to pack a stage with just two people) – Kelly Vrooman
Saturday, March 12 @ 4pm -The Del Close Theater Register Now
The Art of Creating the One Person Show – Jessica Lynn Johnson
Jessica Lynn Johnson, is a published playwright, recipient of BEST NATIONAL SOLO ARTIST AWARD, and founder of Soaring Solo Theatre Company Los Angeles. Jessica teaches solo theatre at the Whitefire Theatre of Sherman Oaks, as well as privately directing and developing her students’ solo works all over the world. For over a decade she has “edu-tained” international audiences touring her 25 character one person shows.
Sunday, March 13th @ 2pm – The Loft Register Now
Experiencing The TV Writers’ Room – Kate Purdy
Kate Purdy has written for Cold Case (CBS), MadTV (FOX), Cougar Town (ABC), Enlisted (FOX), The McCarthy’s (CBS), and BoJack Horseman (NETFLIX). She is an iOWest alumna.
Sunday, March 13th @ 2pm – The DCT Register Now
How to Get an Agent & Book Commercials – Stephany Burns
Get a jumpstart on your career resolutions with a brand new workshop from Stephany Burns of Avalon Artists Group!
Learn how to submit to agents, stay on everyone’s radar, and book more jobs in the New Year. Be part of a mock audition with invaluable feedback on the process. A guest casting director will also be on-hand, schedule permitting.
As Head Commercial Agent at Avalon Artists Group, Stephany Burns represents some of the most successful working actors today. Her clients continue to book numerous network commercials and campaigns with top brands.
Stephany has developed strong relationships with the biggest names in commercial casting, all of whom have come to trust her and her talented roster.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephany Burns was a child actress with The Iris Burton Agency and went on receive a B.A in Theatre from Arizona State University. While working at a number of the top commercial casting agencies in Los Angeles, she discovered that her ability to understand the needs of actors made her a natural fit to be their biggest champion. She prides herself on her dedication to her clients and her determination to advance their careers. She has developed strong relationships with some of the biggest names in commercial casting, all of whom have come to trust her and her talented roster.
Friday, March 11th @ 12pm – The Mainstage Theater Register Now
Doug Karo (Head Writer/EP TBS, TRUTV & SYFY)
Saturday, March 12th @ 10am – The Loft Register Now
PITCHING TV – Jill Goslicky
Never go into another TV pitch meeting unprepared. TV Development Executive, Jill Goslicky, will walk you through everything you need to know about winning over the room. She will cover everything from how to create and prepare pitch packets, how to put together attention-grabbing sizzles, and how to make the most of your time in the room. Bring any pitch materials you’ve been working on, and we’ll workshop them in the room.
Saturday, March 12th @ 12pm – The Mainstage Register Now
Punch Up Your Comedy Songs – Eric Schackne
The reason Flight of the Conchords and Lonely Island make you wish you wrote it first is due to solid songwriting. Weird Al starts with hit records. Strengthen your songwriting and the funny gets punchier. These tools will help you off the ground if you’re feeling stuck or new to writing songs.
Learn pop sensibility and how to let the comedic idea inform structure. Comedy background preferred, though musical background is not necessary. Attendees are encouraged to bring an idea to workshop if they would like. There will be piano accompaniment available as well.
Taught by iO West Musical Director, Eric Schackne.
Saturday, March 12 @ 2pm -The Loft Register Now
What Happens Now Is What Happens Next – Mike McShane
Mike McShane has been in infinite practice since 1985 when he was introduced to the skill of improvisation in San Francisco. Since then, he’s been one of the original members of the UK series of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” for it’s entire run. Mike’s stage work includes two runs on Broadway with “La Cage Aux Folles” and the delightful flop ”Taller Than A Dwarf”, and has been seen in the West End in London in “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Tailor Made Man”, and “A Pocket Dream”, a five person comic retelling of “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, as well as touring as Chief Bromden in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” directed by Michael Grandage. Mike was recently seen in the acclaimed production of “Assassins” at The Menier Chocolate Factory with Aaron Tviet ,and is a consistent guest of The Comedy Store Players in London, “Just A Minute” on the BBC,and tours the UK and Europe regularly with The Impro Chums, headed by the wonderful Paul Merton.
Mike was a company member of ACT in San Francisco, and was lucky enough to work with theater directors Tony Taccone at Berkeley Rep, and Oskar Eustis at the legendary Eureka Theater, as well as Dakin Matthews at The Berkeley Shakespeare Festival.
His film work includes “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” with his friend, the late Alan Rickman, “Richie Rich”, “Office Space”, “Tom & Huck”, “Drop Dead Gorgeous”, and “Big Trouble”.
TV work in both the US and UK include ‘A Summer Day’s Dream” with Sir John Gielgud, a guest villain on “Dr Who” with Matt Smith, as well as “Seinfeld”, “ER”, “Brotherly Love”, “Malcolm In The Middle” , “The Drew Carey Show” and “Frasier”.
In between this, much voice work for Pixar and animated films.
In Los Angeles,He is company member of both Impro Theater and The Antaeus Company, and has performed on stage in “Cyrano De Bergerac”, “The Tempest” and “Dumb Show” at South Coast Repertory Theater.
Sunday, March 12th @ 4pm – The Loft Register Now
A portion of the proceeds from the festival shows and workshops will benefit The Chris Farley House.
The Chris Farley House is a state-certified residential treatment program for recovering men and women. Sober, structured living, as well as case management and counseling, are available to assist with the transition to productive independent living and employment.
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