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The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts | Evaluated Learning Experience

Actor's Comedy Workshop (THE233)

Formerly: 
Comedy Characterization [THE233]
Location: 
The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 
Version 1: 24 hours (8 weeks). Version 2: 30 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: 
Version 1: January 1998 - August 1999. Version 2: September 1999 - August 2004.
Learner Outcomes: 
Version 1: Perform comedic material on camera (in sit-coms, scripted and improvised commercials) without losing reality base; employ techniques developed through improvisation and sound and movement exercises; develop one's comedic persona; discuss concepts of comedic styles, patterns, and repetition, misdirections, and timing. Version 2: Distinguish different styles of comedy to create characters for sit com and sketch comedy; develop audition techniques for comedic roles.
Instruction: 
Version 1:  The course covers comic character development, sit-com material, sketch comedy, and scripted and improvised commercials, taught through monologues, exercises, improvisations, and theatre games. Version 2: Students find comedy in a script and learn how to physicalize comedy according to its style. Students write and perform scripted material and present a comedic audition.
Credit recommendation: 
Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (11/97). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category or in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (12/02 revalidation).

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