Sketch

The CCBTS Sketch program is centered around our improv principles of Truth and Game. Students will learn a variety of formats and technical skills, learn to write individually and in a writer’s room and, in level 2, learn to write and produce their very own sketch show.

Successful completion of all Sketch levels qualifies students to audition for CCB House Maude (sketch) Teams as a writer.

Level 1

101s – Intro to Sketch

For the budding sketch writer and anybody who’s ever had that perfect funny idea but no way to get it down on the page.

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of comedic sketch writing. Over the course of 8 weeks, we’ll cover the basics of everything from popular sketch formats and finding the game of your sketch to script formatting and workshopping. Students will learn different methods of taking a funny idea and turning it into a hilarious sketch and will leave the course with a portfolio of writing, including at least one completed, workshopped and ‘ready-for-primetime’ sketch.

No prior writing, sketch or improv experience required.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

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102s – Sketch Writing Advanced Study

Building on the foundations set in 101, this course is focused on honing sharp, professional and confident writing skills. Students will be guided through various writing prompts to target specific sketch styles & skills, and receive feedback from their instructor. Specific attention will be paid to proper formatting and the revision and re-writing process. Students are encouraged to work on both new and previously written material.

Students should expect to leave the course with at least a modest portfolio of professionally-formatted writing samples.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

PREREQUISITES: 101 – Intro to Sketch at The CCB Training School. If you have not completed our 101 course but have equivalent sketch writing experience, please write in to us before registering to request a waiver, otherwise you’re registration will be cancelled!

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Level 2

201s – Developing a Sketch Show

Building on the foundations set in Level 1, this course focuses on the writer’s room and producing a full sketch show. During the first 4 weeks of the course, students will learn the process of pitching & brainstorming and working in a writer’s room, and will then be expected to write and select sketches for a 30-minute student show. The second half of the course will consist of producing and rehearsing the show itself.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Workshopping sketches critically and with grace
  • Casting & table reads
  • Working with and directing actors
  • Acting for the stage
  • Breaking down a sketch for props & cues
  • The tech booth, tech’ing a show and learning QLab to run cues
  • Rehearsals, getting ‘off book’
  • Sketch show formats
  • & much more!

Prerequisites: Sketch 101

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