Workshops

117770850_3172160102896400_8505205212972312297_oThis year we have guests from across the country joining digitally to perform and teach workshops! Each of the workshops are $50, run from 2-2.5 hours, and are held online. All workshops will run Friday 11/13, Saturday 11/14, or Sunday 11/15.

As an early bird offer, you can use the promo code “threefer” to get 10% off if you register for 3 or more workshops! Here is the full list of workshops and instructors, click each title to register (all times are EST):




Friday, November 13th, 2020

3:00pm IMPROV WORKSHOP with Seth K. Thomas: Go For the Feels

The quality of an improvised scene is richer when the players make the scene about each other and connect emotionally. In this workshop, you’ll overview three ways characters process information (logically, personally, and emotionally) and get tips on how to play emotionally responsive characters. Learn and practice skills for keeping the scene about each other and creating better scenes.

Seth K. Thomas Headshot-page-001Seth K. Thomas is a comedian who was raised by a single Black militant lesbian Buddhist stand-up comic from the Bronx in Berkeley during the ’80s; who graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Speech Communication and The Second City, Chicago with a certificate and a tee shirt.

Seth has written, performed, and taught comedy internationally and domestic; has acted, directed, and taught at The Second City, Chicago; has a Tik Tok account which he insists on maintaining after one of his videos ending up on Good Morning America and The Today Show; has co-written a play that was nominated for Best Writing of a Play at the Black Theater Alliance Awards; has met Taylor Swift and her mom, and has a really good time sharing the things he has learned in his many years in improv & sketch comedy.

Seth currently resides in Los Angeles where he writes and pretends to miss Chicago.



Saturday, November 14th

10:00am IMPROV WORKSHOP with Celeste Pechous: The Two-Person Monoscene

A ten-minute, two-person scene… make you a little nervous? Good. That means you’re ready. Before you know it you’ll easily be able to do a two-person 25 minute set. Detailed analyzation and notes after each scene. YOU can (and will) do it.

Screen Shot 2020-10-23 at 2.31.39 PMCeleste Pechous (SAG/AFTRA) has improvised around the world with some of the most distinguished improv theaters.  An alumna of the Second City Chicago, Pechous has trained and performed at the Second City Chicago/LA, iO Chicago/LA, and The Annoyance Theater.  She was honored Best Actress for her work in The Clan at the Midwest Film Festival and received a Best Actress nominee from the Downtown LA Film Festival and was awarded the Outstanding Performance from The SNAFF Film Festival for her work in the dark-comedy short, Past Due, based on her short story.  

TV credits include HBO’s Sharp Objects, NBC’s The Kenan Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, USA’s Pearsons, Amazon’s Upload, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Netflix’s One Day at a Time, Epix’s Get Shorty, Comedy Central’s Workaholics, Review and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.  She appeared in Work in Progress, which debuted to accolades at Sundance 2019.  See her next in the feature film Against All Enemies.  You can also see her improvise at Second City LA and on tv in one of her many national commercial spots.  Pechous teaches Improv at Second City Hollywood and for UCLA’s Extension Studies.  She is the founder of Dosage Improv Workshops in Los Angeles.


12:30pm SKETCH WORKSHOP with Seth K. Thomas: Sketch Comedy Process (Intermediate Writing Class)out-of-stock

Every sketch writer has their own approach and style, and there are creative bumps that can either hinder or speed up artistic growth. In this workshop, Seth tells you how he did what he did and how he does what he does. His creative process involves constant evaluation and adjustment in addition to exposure to different disciplines. From a macro to a micro perspective, Seth will share the valuable lessons that he has learned. And he’s still learning. Always learning.

Seth K. Thomas Headshot-page-001Seth K. Thomas is a comedian who was raised by a single Black militant lesbian Buddhist stand-up comic from the Bronx in Berkeley during the ’80s; who graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Speech Communication and The Second City, Chicago with a certificate and a tee shirt.

Seth has written, performed, and taught comedy internationally and domestic; has acted, directed, and taught at The Second City, Chicago; has a Tik Tok account which he insists on maintaining after one of his videos ending up on Good Morning America and The Today Show; has co-written a play that was nominated for Best Writing of a Play at the Black Theater Alliance Awards; has met Taylor Swift and her mom, and has a really good time sharing the things he has learned in his many years in improv & sketch comedy.

Seth currently resides in Los Angeles where he writes and pretends to miss Chicago.


3:00pm IMPROV WORKSHOP with Nick Armstrong: Playing Improvised Genre

Nick will have the improviser explore a different side of long-form improvisation. In this workshop, improvisers will find how to successfully play genre-style improv and learn how to create rich and unforgettable characters. Stage picture, characters and environment all come together to create what we want the audience to think is a scripted piece.

nickNick is an Actor, Improvisor and Writer living in Los Angeles, CA. On TV Nick has been on the Emmy-Award winning shows The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, New Girl, Stan Against Evil, Young Sheldon, Brooklyn Nine Nine and Parks and Recreation.

Nick has trained at The Groundlings and iO West. He is an alum of The Sunday Company at the Groundlings and currently performs at the M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater with LA’s Critically Acclaimed Harold team King Ten and County Line. Nick is the former Artistic Director of Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater and is the Co-Owner of Rise Comedy in Denver. He has also taught improv at iO West, The Groundlings, The Pack Theater and has done workshops all over the world.

Nick is also the Camp Director and Founder of Camp Improv Utopia a a 501(c) (3) Non Profit improv retreat for grown ups. He is also one of the founding members of the The Improv Network.



Sunday, November 15th

10:00am IMPROV WORKSHOP with Shem Pennant: The Movie Long-form

Shem is originally from South London and now a member of UCB’s House Sketch team THE FOUNDATION. This workshop takes the well known form the improvised movie and plays with strong character choices, genre, and now with actual camera angles.

person_33125Shem is a writer/performer from South London but based in Brooklyn. He is also a capoeira professor, video director and trained bujinkan ninjutsu in the Japanese mountains for two years. None of this is relevant to scenework, but it is fun to talk about. Shem has done a lot of improv all over the world with many great teachers and three terrible ones. I currently perform with TRASH, and DCM Indie Cage Match champs the Code Switch. He’s guested with UCB LA’s Convoy, UCB NYC’s Megaplex and Take it Personal as well as Centralia at the PIT and headlined improv festivals in Finland, Sweden, Barcelona, London, Bristol, Estonia, Dublin and etc etc you get it. He is a writer for the UCB weekend sketch team The Foundation.


12:30pm STAND-UP WORKSHOP with Ronny Pascale: Joke Writing (and Re-writing) for Comedic Performance

Joke writing is a process! This workshop focuses on making it more freeing and less frustrating. We will focus on joke writing formula to take your funny from inspired ideas to polished masterpieces (!). We will use improv games and writing prompts to get the most out of our words.

This class caters to stand ups, sketch writers, twitter aficionados, parents who want their comedian children “to put that in their routine”, anybody who wants to get more out of their bits.

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Ronny Pascale is a Brooklyn based comedian, but originally from New Haven, Connecticut. Ronny formerly was an Artistic Director at The Peoples Improv Theater, was on the sketch house team Raditude, and was on improv teams Kibbles and Bits and Brunch Conflict. He’s the creator of YouTube Live’s Roast Yerself, a game show where comedians get to roast their younger self. His tweets have been featured on Comedy Central, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, among others. Follow him on Twitter, @RonnyPascale.


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