A one day comedy extravaganza for young performers.
May 12: 9AM - 6PM
The producers of The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and Chicago Women’s Funny Festival are proud to present the return of Comedy Prep School (CPS), a one-day festival for young comedians on May 12, 2018. It includes workshops taught by professional performers and teachers from Chicago’s world-class comedy institutions, opportunities to learn, play, and perform with 100+ fellow young comedians, and an exclusive performance by hilarious, high-caliber comedy group, Ms. Mistoffelees. CPS will focus on Advanced Improv, Comedic Song Writing, Physical Comedy, and Writing for Diverse Voices.
Individual students and groups ages 12-17 are welcome (chaperones requested for large groups). The cost of registration is $100 per student and includes all workshops, performances, lunch, and snacks.
COMEDIC SONG WRITING
Want to learn how to be a funny song writer? Mollie shares her experiences in comedic song writing and will teach song structure, point-of-view, and rhyme. In this workshop, students will learn how to find "the funny" when writing a song and will leave with a brand new take on comedic song writing.
Mollie Rehner is an actor, comedic song writer, rapper, and producer in Chicago. She is a member of the infamous Chicago musical comedy group, The Cupid Players, and co-stars in Rehner & Nixon and Trifecta. She was featured in The New York Television Festival with her online comedy duo Hard Candy and performed in Gilda’s LaughFest. A producer for The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Rehner is a former Late Night intern for Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon and performs all over Chicago and the United States.
GO FOR IT!
It’s time to stop thinking so much and just go for it! This workshop is designed to get you out of your head and into the scene. Improv is about trust – trusting your partner, and most importantly, trusting yourself. And like most things, it’s a skill we can learn. Focus on confident choices, reckless agreement, and unapologetic support. Go for it!
Micah Philbrook is an improvisor, actor, writer, director, and teacher based in Chicago. He is half of the tim&micah project, an avant garde sketch comedy troupe; a founding member of pH Productions, an award winning theater ensemble known for original comedic works; the executive producer of That Sunday Show, a modern comedic variety show; and he’s a regular performer with Those Who Can’t, an improv showcase featuring teachers of improvisational theater. Micah has toured the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean on cruise ships, performing with The Second City, and toured North America and Europe, performing and teaching improv and sketch comedy, with the tim&micah project and pH productions. Since 2008, Micah has been a faculty member of the Second City Training Center in Chicago where he has taught well over 160 classes in the comedic arts.
Writing for Diverse Voices
We all have our own unique voice. This class will help you use your voice to inform your performing and writing. No one speaks with anything approximating your experience. If you are going to try to speak to an experience that does not match your own, you need to treat that person with respect and depth.
Nicole Hastings is a teacher and performer with the Second City, teaching a range of classes in the Beginning Improv, Music and Conservatory programs. She has performed Off-Broadway in Blank! The Musical and at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in Thrones! The Musical. She can be seen in The Deltones at iO, as well as in Baby Wants Candy and The Improvised Sondheim Project. At Second City, she has been an ensemble member in The Second City Touring Company, Fast, Loud & Funny, Life Hacks and American Mixtape. Nicole is a native of Northern California and a graduate of Columbia University in New York.
Physical comedy is all around us! And it takes many forms. Learn how the arts of miming, clowning, slapstick, and even dance can enhance and bring the funny! Our bodies are powerful tools. Get ready to release your inner physical comedian!
Sarah Barnhardt is a producer and performer in Chicago. Physical comedy is her jam! Therefore, she helped create The Comedy Dance Collective, a sketch comedy group that uses physical comedy and dance to delight their audiences. Recent credits include The Comedy Dance Collective (performer and producer) and THIS IS THE WORST (solo show), both of which have been seen at various venues and festivals around Chicago and beyond. She is also the creator and producer of Deep Dish Pizzazz: Chicago-Style Comedy, a show that features different Chicago comedic acts and serves up laughs to audiences in her hometown of Winston-Salem, NC. Sarah is a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s Writing Program, Conservatory, and Music Program and has studied at The Annoyance and The Playground. www.sarahbarnhardt.com
Ms. Mistoffelees is a dynamic group of female performers who you can see regularly at iO Theater on Gone Gone, Big Tobacco, Cecilia, The DelTones, Heraldo, and Daffodil, as well as online at Cedarville Comedy. Their philosophy is "No Grounded Scenes", and follow the fun as wildly as possible. They have been performing together for over a year and love each other dearly.