Improvisational Comedy for Teens

Learn the fundamentals of comedy and the magic of thinking creatively on your feet

This two-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18.

Have you ever thought of becoming a comedic actor or comedian?  Or maybe you are seeking a fun way to boost your confidence and improve your public speaking skills?  Improvisational comedy provides the foundation for both.

Learn the fundamentals of improvisational comedy through games, social exercises, and the magic of thinking on your feet.   Develop your comedy writing skills while being introduced to sketch writing.  This fun and creative workshop is not just for experienced actors.  All are welcome to join.

This class is taught by performers who have experience teaching young adults.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.  We recommend students have access to $150 over the two-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

 

 

Instructors

Anna Callegari

A UCB writer and performer since 2007, Anna Callegari was raised in Chicago and graduated from NYU.  She and Jon Bershad created the web series "The Kindly Midwesterner,"about nice midwesterners who kill people, which was released by Official Comedy.  Anna also loves writing and performing songs with Doug Widick, you can see them on Forklift Comedy.

Anna can be seen at Cage Match as Bitsy Bradford on the UCBW. She also co-hosts B.Y.O.T at the UCBeast every Monday night.