Grades 9th - 12th
Faculty: Conchata Ferrell
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What do “WILL AND GRACE”, “FRIENDS”, “EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND”, “THE OFFICE” and 2 AND A HALF MEN, have in common? You guessed it! They are all situation comedies and the UCLA Arts Camp/Workshops offers the only Sitcom Camp in the country.
This workshop is one of the most popular workshops every summer. It focuses on the acting in a situation comedy as the art and craft of sitcom acting is significantly different than acting for the movies and this workshop teaches the actors those differences. Designed for the serious actor 16 years old and above actors learn the structure of sitcoms and how to perform the joke while at the same time playing character that is so very important in sitcom. This workshop collaborates with the Sitcom Writing/Producing Workshop by weeks end in the staging and performance of original situation comedies under the guidance and experience of a seasoned professional director in a real studio environment.
Both workshops are taught by working industry professionals with the acting workshop headed up by award winning actress Conchata Ferrell. After learning the fundamentals of sitcom character development, physical comedy, and acting timing, the workshop becomes patterned after the real life experiences of a creative sitcom television show which follows an episode from a table read to a taping of the show. By show time, actors will have gone through the experience of reworking a scene at the drop of a hat, adding new dialogue and staging to “make it work” and finally taping the material on a real set in a real television studio. This workshop is very popular and usually fills quickly. It is a workshop that is high energy, fun and exciting with a lot of laughs from the UCLA television studio during the week. Guests may drop in from time to time who will give the sitcom actors new pointers about the art and craft of sitcom acting and or discuss what it is like to be in a hit television sitcom series.
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