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The 2015 Professional Development Series sponsored by The Second City Training Centre will feature exceptional learning opportunities for TOsketchfest artists, performers, and audiences. Watch this space as more information becomes available, but in the meantime, save the dates and times for the following learning and networking opportunities!

The Pajama Men

Pajama Men Workshop

Saturday March 7th – 11 am – 2 pm – The Theatre Centre
We develop our shows using a variety of techniques not the least of which is improvisation. We use it to create and develop new ideas and to refine those ideas both in rehearsal and during performance. For this workshop we’ll focus on using improv as a tool to foster the emergence of comedy through the relationships of characters, their backstories, and the linking of seemingly unrelated ideas. It’ll be super fun and ridiculous, and we’d love to have you join us.

To register: Registration for this workshop is closed, as enrollment capacity and waiting list capacity has been reached.

 

road trip

Comedy Road Trip #1

Saturday March 7th – 2:30 – 4:00 – The Theatre Centre
Join us for a comedy road trip as we visit Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Winnipeg! Join reps from our out-of-town troupes and hear about what’s going on in their comedy hometowns; what are the venues, festivals, resources and opportunities? What’s really inspiring and what are the challenges? We’ll get to know these comedy cities through a panel and Q&A, then open the floor for networking and socializing. (There will be food! There will be beer!)

To Register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community.

 

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Demystifying the Pitch

Saturday March 7th – 4:00 – 6:30 pm – The Theatre Centre
This session is designed to help you navigate the waters of pitching comedy projects to media decision makers. One part lecture, one part on-your-feet practice, three parts fun! Join Kurt Smeaton (Falcon Powder, and TV writer/producer Mr. D, Young Drunk Punk, The Hour), Naomi Snieckus (actress/writer/producer, The National Theatre of the World, Mr. D, The Casting Room) and Michelle Daly (Director of Comedy – CBC) for this unique workshop experience.

To register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community.

 

WIC Mixer

Women in Comedy Mixer
Sponsored by
Rosehall Run

Sunday March 8th – 3:00 – 5:00 pm – The Theatre Centre Upper Lobby
The ladies of TOsketchfest and the greater comedy community are invited to come together for wine, snacks and networking activities. Meet new collaborators, share your stories, have some drinks! Come celebrate International Women’s Day in style, and if you’re so inclined, follow it up with a Theatre Centre performance by TOsketchfest ladies Templeton Philharmonic (6pm) or Tall Sigh (6:30 pm)!

To register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to women participating in TOsketchfest and in the greater comedy community.

 

Bruce McCulloch in "Young Drunk Punk"

Bruce McCulloch Workshop

Saturday March 14th – 10:00 – 2:00 pm – The Theatre Centre

Join Bruce McCulloch (The Kids in the Hall, Young Drunk Punk) for a four-hour session, working on your feet. This session will feature a combination of group writing exercises and short on-your-feet ensemble work on some of your own sketches and bits. All participants are asked to bring prepared work for performance or reading.
Enrollment in this workshop is free and strictly limited, is available to TOsketchfest performers, only.

To register: Registration for this workshop is closed, as enrollment capacity and waiting list capacity has been reached.

 

road trip

Comedy Road Trip #2

Saturday March 14th

– 2:30 – 4:00 – The Theatre Centre
Join us for a comedy road trip as we visit Chicago, Philadelphia, Vancouver and New York! Join reps from our out-of-town troupes and hear about what’s going on in their comedy hometowns; what are the venues, festivals, resources and opportunities? What’s really inspiring and what are the challenges? We’ll get to know these comedy cities through a panel and

Q&A, then open the floor for networking and socializing. (There will be food! There will be beer!)

To Register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community.

 

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Sketch 101 with Robin Duke
Presented by
Humber School of Comedy

Sunday March 15th – 12:00 – 2:00 – The Theatre Centre Incubator
Join Robin Duke from the Humber College Comedy Program for session on getting started in sketch! Robin has been teaching sketch writing and improv in the Humber  College Comedy Program for the last ten years. When she began at Humber she was also putting together Women Fully Clothed, an all female sketch comedy group. In that time Women Fully Clothed has  written two theatre shows and successfully toured internationally. Robin got her experience writing and performing at Second City Toronto and Los Angeles putting up numerous shows. Her work writing and performing for televisio started with SCTV and then three years on Saturday Night Live.  Currently  Robin is playing Jay Baruchel’s mother in the new FXX series “Man seeking Woman.”

To Register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome. This session is open to TOsketchfest participants and the greater comedy community. Bring a notepad and inspiration from your daily life!

 

 SketchTV Revival

Sketch TV Revival: Behind the scenes
with Sunnyside and The Second City Project

Sunday March 15th, 3-5 pm at The Theatre Centre (Main Space)
Sketch comedy is all over Canadian television right now, and some truly hilarious talents from the Toronto comedy scene are playing a leading role in this sketch comedy revival. Join the creative teams behind Sunnyside (CityTV) and The Second City Project (Global) to watch some clips and talk about sketch comedy on TV. We’ll hear from Sunnyside creators and sketch TV vets Gary Pearson and Dan Redican, as well as cast members from the show. The panel will feature a sneak peek of the upcoming The Second City Project and chats with writer/actors Marty Adams and Paul Bates, director Tim Hamilton and producer Klaus Schuller. Moderated by TV critic Rob Salem.
To Register: No registration required. Everyone is welcome.

 

 

 

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