Comedy Camp (Fall)

$400.00

10 CLASSES

Comedy Camp was created by Village Arts long time teacher and choreographer, Jeanne Simpson.  Simpson and her colleague, Joe Furey created this program to allow students to discover the heart of comedy.  Over the ten weeks students will play all kinds of theater and improv games and do exercises that focus on tools to develop original comic characters.  We will also create their own characters; give them a voice, a walk and a world.  We will improvise sketches in small groups each day.  We will also be making a short silent film style movie together. 

Students will also watch a variety of classic comedies including Warner Brothers Cartoons, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Marx Brothers, Three Stooges, I  Love Lucy etc. We will talk about the process of making these pieces of comedy and the history of each film.  

  • FRIDAYS: Sept. 9 – Nov. 18
  • Grades: 2 – 5
  • TIME: 3:00 – 5:00PM 

 

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Description

The focus of the class:

Comedy Camp was created by Village Arts long time teacher and choreographer, Jeanne Simpson.  Simpson and her colleague, Joe Furey created this program to allow students to discover the heart of comedy.  Over the ten weeks students will play all kinds of theater and improv games and do exercises that focus on tools to develop original comic characters.  We will also create their own characters; give them a voice, a walk and a world.  We will improvise sketches in small groups each day.  We will also be making a short silent film style movie together. 

Students will also watch a variety of classic comedies including Warner Brothers Cartoons, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Marx Brothers, Three Stooges, I  Love Lucy etc. We will talk about the process of making these pieces of comedy and the history of each film.  

The Teaching Artists

Joe Furey began as a child actor and appeared in dozens of commercials as a kid. He is a an Emmy Award Winning producer and writer, best known for his writing on shows like What We Do in the Shadows, NewsRadio, Late Night with David Letterman Important Things With Demetri Martin, the feature film Love & Support, Watching Ellie, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, The Soul Man and many more. He is on the board of the Alex Theater Film Society. He is a scholar of classic comedy and loves sharing his knowledge and passion with the next generation of comedians and audiences.

Jeanne Simpson is an actor, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and essay coach for college applications. After getting her getting her BA at Harvard University, Jeanne worked as a dancer, actor and choreographer in New York. Her favorite credit is dancing as part of a trio alongside one of her dance idols, Ann Reinking, in an original piece performed at Lincoln Center as a fundraiser for the New York Philharmonic. Choreography credits include shows for TheatreWorks USA, Co-Choreographer and Dance Captain for THREE directed by Hal Prince at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, the children’s TV show BLUES CLUES for Nickelodeon, and the feature films MAN OF THE CENTURY and DUMPED. Favorite acting credits include MADMEN, PARKS AND RECREATION, HOT IN CLEVELAND, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Jeanne teaches drama at Our Village Pre-school in Burbank and teaches dance classes at Evolutions Studios. She loves being a teaching artist at Village Arts, and she also works as an ambassador for the YoungArts Foundation.

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Grades-Times

Grades: 2-5 (3 – 5PM)