Skills Program

Registration is open for these classes through May 28!
The next term will begin on May 26 - and registration closes May 22!
Please email classes@gocomedy.net with any questions! 

All classes are $225 unless otherwise noted. There will be a $25 late fee added to this cost if you register after registration ends. Please email classes@gocomedy.net with any questions! 

The Skills Program is an exciting new addition to the GoU curriculum. It offers a variety of classes in theater, film, writing, and improvisation. Each semester will have different choices, so check back to see if there’s something that interests you.


BOOT CAMPS:

Short Form Games | Sunday 12-3pm | Teacher: Chris Diangelo
Whether there are games you are “good” at and want to become “amazing” at, or there are games you dread playing because you just don’t seem to “get” them, this class is for you. (Assuming you have improv experience and are familiar with short from.) And because it’s a boot camp, each person will be able to decide the intensity of feedback they receive: from warm and fluffy, to as critical as if you were a resident cast member at a Showdown rehearsal.  This class will focus on a variety of different short form games teaching the structure, nuances, and even some tricks to make the games not only better but also more fun to play.

Improv for Video | Sunday 4-7pm | Teacher: Bob Wieck
You’re an old pro at writing and performing sketch show on the stage, but are you ready for performing for the camera?  This class will not only prepare you for acting for the camera, but will give you the opportunity to write and star in your own 22 minute class video-sketch-show.  This is not a how to operate a camera tutorial or how to use a video editing software (there are plenty of YouTube videos for that).  This class is for the sketch writer/performer that wants to expand their experience to include sketch comedy for the screen.  You will be responsible for writing, directing, acting, acquiring locations, and props.

Please email classes@gocomedy.net to sign up for these classes!


Previous Boot Camps Have Included:

Boot Camp: Physicality
This Boot Camp will focus on leading scenes with physical choices. The class will explore movement, realistic and abstract pantomime, physical game play, and intuitive character development. 

Boot Camp: The Game of the Scene
This improv Boot Camp will focus on you and your skills. Classes will be note-heavy on all aspects of improv the class performs. It will also focus on, through exercises and teaching, the Game of the Scene. Patterns, repetition, heightening, using mistakes, weird things, and everything else Game of the Scene can mean. This class will be taught by Nancy Edwards. 

Harold Boot Camp
This intensive stand-alone class will focus on developing the Harold improv form. The smaller class size will allow for more one-on-one feedback, and provide students the opportunity to closely develop an understanding of the Harold. Students must have at least 2 years of improv experience, and have a keen understanding of long-form improv.

Acting for Improvisors 
Do you want to improve your improv?  Do you wish you could be in one of the Thursday sketch shows?  This class will use acting exercises and improvised scene work to lead to stronger stage presence and stronger choices.  Will cover movement work, voice work, connecting to your partner onstage, whole body listening and much more.

Character Boot Camp
This intensive stand-alone class will focus solely on creating and sustaining improvised characters. The smaller class size will allow for more one-on-one feedback and a more in-your-face approach to learning. This class is not for fragile egos. Students must have at least 1 year of improv experience.

Bad Habits Boot Camp 
This intensive stand-alone class will take a deeper look at where you're at as an improviser and fine tune your performance to help you perform at your best. The smaller class size will allow for more one-on-one feedback and a more in-your-face approach to learning. This class is not for fragile egos. Students must have at least one year of improv experience to take this class.