6-Week Classes

 
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We teach students to fearlessly create and perform from a place of joy and fierceness.

Current students get free admission on a standby basis to see any BCC show at the Brick Theater.

Classes are limited 16 students unless otherwise noted.

 

july-August Classes Now Online


IMPROV

We believe the goal of learning how to improvise isn’t just to perform in improv shows, but as a tool for everything - specifically creating and producing your own content. We teach you to do that over four levels:

Level 1: Intro To improv

First time taking an improv class? You’re in the right place. This class will introduce new improvisers to the value of saying “Yes, And” to every idea - especially their own - to become joyful, fearless, and bold performers. Through games and exercises, this class will teach students the essentials of successful scenic improvisation -- to react emotionally and honestly, to trust your gut, to support scene partners and embrace taking risks. Whether you want to be a performer or just try out an improv class and meet new people, this class will boost your confidence and creativity in a safe, supportive environment at Brooklyn’s top comedy theater and school.

6-Week Section: Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, July 22 - August 26

@ Patchworks Theater (98 Moore St, Brooklyn)

Class Show: Wed, Aug 28 @ 7:00 PM at Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn)

Teacher: Rachel Rosenthal

Testimonials:

"Rachel brought us all out of our heads and into the present while teaching us the fundamentals of improv. Every class was fun, engaging, and challenging. I could not recommend this class more highly for those interested in improv!”

“So many strengths hard to pin-point the greatest. Rachel was great at diagnosing scenes and offering concise and easy-to-apply/easy-to-remember feedback to improve them on our feet which was super helpful. Also maybe just how everything was honestly always so much fun it's hard to pump out constant fun for 3 hours - i don’t know how she did it, but she did and she made it look easy.”

“I learned how to be more comfortable jumping into scenes with a strong emotional POV. I emphasize how because this is something I have struggled with but Rachel's class really helped me learn to connect my brain and my body.“

Register - $275.00

Rachel Rosenthal


Level 2: Free Your Mind

This class underlines the core philosophy of what we teach at the BCC: that loving the hell out of whatever is happening onstage is the key to strong, successful scenes. It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice" when improvising, and that there is no “right or wrong in improv - only weak or strong,” and become stronger as a performer by embracing your mistakes and failing gloriously. This class pairs this sense of artistic freedom with an actionable approach to initiate scenes from a strong point of view, to be specific and surprising in your choices, to make what your partner said important to your character, and to confidently navigate the vocabulary and concepts that make-up long-form improv. This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback.

Prerequisite: Completion of BCC Level 1 Improv OR students who have taken at least one full-length course at a major comedy theater (UCB, PIT, Magnet, Second City, iO, Annoyance, etc.) or have similar prior training can begin at this level. Please write your prior experience in the form when registering.

6-Week Section: Saturdays, 2:00-5:00 PM, July 13 - August 17

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class Show: Sunday, August 18 @ 7:00 PM at the Brick Theater

Teacher: Devin Bockrath

Testimonials:

“Devin did an amazing job at facilitating group bonding, breaking down technique, pointing out individual strengths and making us laugh/ creating a playful atmosphere.”

“Devin found a way to make every moment a teachable one. She was friendly and funny and so smart and it made the class a joy.”

“Hard to say one thing. I looked forward to Devin’s class every week. Extremely supportive, great at keeping our energy up, made every class a pleasure and no one wanted it to be over so soon!”

“Hard to pick one greatest quality about Devin - genuine interest, caring, insight, experience, patience, enthusiasm.”

Register - $275.00

Devin Bockrath


Level 3: Ensemble & Group Mind

Class will be offered next in September, 2019.


Level 4: Creating Sketch Through Improv

Class will be offered next in September, 2019.



Stand-up

More than just learning how to craft a solid premise or joke, our stand-up classes empower you to create from your own life experience:

Level 1: Finding Your Voice

Class sold out. Email Philip@brooklyncc.com for wait list. Have you always wanted to perform stand-up but don't know where to begin? In this class, we will breakdown how to get started writing a stand-up routine and find your voice as a comedian. Our methods will include how to mine personal stories for material, how to write one-liners and premises, and how to use improvisation to generate ideas instead of staring down a blank page. Classes will also give students the lay-of-the-land on the NY comedy scene - from welcoming weekly open mics to the best shows to see pros in action. Every class will include stage time to try out original material in front of classmates.

6-Week Class: Mondays,, 7:00-10:00 PM, July 22 - August 26

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn)

Class Show: Wed, August 28 @ 8:00 PM at Vital Joint

Class limited to 12 students.

Teacher: Milly Tamarez

Testimonials:

“Regardless of background, everyone in the class ended up shining, and we all owe that to Milly and the way BCC teaches this subject. Milly truly invested in each individual and guided us towards confidently delivering jokes we wrote on our own while still giving us the knowledge, tools, and resources to keep going on after the class. Also Milly is a rising star so DO NOT miss out on the opportunity to learn from her!"

"The BCC stand-up class with Milly was truly excellent. It was well-structured and Milly is a non-judge mental, nurturing yet just-the-right-amount- of strict teacher and after much hard work, the payoff was huge.”

"Master of subject! Milly really has a wealth of knowledge. My favorite thing was how she treated the feedback part of class (after each student's set) like a writer's room in that she would give ideas on how to improve a joke, or perhaps a different way of wording it, or a different place to take it - thus giving the students the nudge to start working their OWN comedy muscle's in similar ways. Milly is able to give the best constructive criticism - she never made anybody feel like their work or their questions were stupid - she'd just give tips on how to improve, or answer the question in a way that didn't make the asker feel silly."

Register - $295.00

Milly Tamarez


Level 2: Solidifying Your Set

Class will be offered again in September, 2019.



Electives

Learn how to create comedy that represents your voice.

Creating Solo Shows

Class will be offered next in September, 2019.

Creating Musical Comedy

Comedy music is in. The NYTimes thinks so, audiences think so, and hopefully you do too. In this class, we’ll teach you how to find your unique musical and comedic voice: simultaneously. You will take what makes you tick and turn it into a musical act via learning songwriting techniques — and how they naturally correspond with finding a strong comedic game to each song. We’ll learn how to use your own point of view and life experiences to cover existing songs and refresh them into original cabaret pieces with new lyrics. And, we’ll learn how to match subject matter to musical genre, taking a simple comedic observation to the next level. Most of all, we’ll find the ways in which music and comedy work together: for your voice.

Prerequisite: You must be comfortable singing in this class - but all levels of vocal experience and prior training are welcome. You should feel comfortable accompanying yourself on an instrument of your choosing (a full-length weighted keyboard will be available for use in the class) or have familiarity with cutting/sourcing an appropriate backing track to perform to. Every class will include solo musical performance and workshopping of pieces. Please fill out the form detailing your musical experiencing when registering.

Class limited to 12 enrollments.

6-Week Section: Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, July 23 - August 27

@ Patchworks Theater (98 Moore St, Brooklyn)

Class Show: Wed, Aug 28 @ 9:00 PM at Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn)

Teacher: Tessa Skara

Testimonials:

Bio: Tessa Skara is a comedian, musician, and (in the words of her middle school bully Ashley) a weird bitch. Tessa's comedic performances have been featured at The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Union Hall, The Bell House, Littlefield, The Annoyance, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, The New York Comedy Festival and Every Shitty Gay Bar In Brooklyn. Her solo rock cabaret, Rock Goddess, was recently featured at Ars Nova and The Duplex. Tessa was a part of the musical sketch group Pop Roulette, with whom she was named one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch in 2015, performed at sketch festivals around North America, and whose musical "Amazing Earth" ran for a year at UCBT Chelsea. You can see Tessa as a drunk girl in HBO's "Crashing," a coke head in the “The Detour” and hopefully a heroin addict in a feature film sometime soon. Tessa has a monthly musical comedy show called High Notes at Cloud City in Williamsburg.

Register - $295.00

Tessa Skara