Sketchworks is serious about being funny.
Not only does the company teach people how to do stand-up comedy, but they also offer sketch writing classes, kids summer camps and video editing. Sketchworks began in 2001 as Atlanta’s premier live sketch comedy company.
“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Julie Shaer, the co-owner and producer at Sketchworks Comedy, about the company’s mission and their virtual summer camps.
The virtual summer camps follow a fun but well-formed syllabus for kids and teens.
“We developed and formed this syllabus so people know how to flesh out and develop a character. It’s based on the realness of being an actor. It’s not about just sitting there and making people laugh and go for the laugh, it’s really just about being an actor, knowing how to act and react, and being very grounded in your characters. We developed a lot of writing teams from that. From there, we developed a kids program for ages 8 to 12,” Shaer said.
Their first Virtual Sketch Summer Camp session begins June 8, and the second session will begin June 15. Virtual sessions Part 2 will be July 6-10 and July 13-17.
During this virtual two-week camp, students will:
- Learn basics of sketch comedy and acting
- Write their own sketches and solo pieces
- Develop character-building skills
- Play improv games
Week 1: Learn the Basics of Sketch Comedy Acting and Writing
Week 2: Solo Character Work and On-Camera Presence