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
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
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
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
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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