Sketch Writing for Puppeteers & Beyond

“Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending”.

~JIM HENSON

Sketch Writing for Puppeteers & Beyond

with Erik Kuska

The time and effort you put into writing has benefits well beyond your puppetry.
And this workshop will make you a better writer. PERIOD.
Sketch Writing is a wonderful tool to have at your disposal. And once you
understand its mechanics, sketch can be repurposed toward various puppetry
projects like slam pieces, or library shows, and its benefits go far beyond that.
In this 2 hour workshop, I will cover the basics of What is SKETCH? as well as
giving you early pointers on How to WRITE sketch.
No experience required – just an open mind as Ill be throwing many approaches
and examples at you, that I’ve acquired from going through sketch comedy
programs in LA, and from putting up my own sketch shows, and from leading
writers rooms at WB. We’ll also cover the power of a ‘group mind’, and how it
can, when harnessed correctly, can bring great dividends to your work.
So bring pen and paper to take notes, as we’ll be cramming LOTS of new ideas
into that noggin of yours. And we’ll write up a storm of ideas – both good and
bad, because writing is not about precision, it’s about get something down on
paper, and then rewriting. And rewriting.. again and again and again…
So join us and become a better writer!
Your puppetry (and audience) will THANK you.

EVENT DETAILS

Saturday, May 1, 2pm et/11am pt

Approximately 2 hours

*Registrants will be asked to submit their questions and reference in advance

$29 USD
register below*
All sessions will take place via Zoom.

About Your Instructor

Erik Kuska is a writer/puppeteer/storyboard artist from Los Angeles.
Erik enjoys writing/performing/analyzing sketch and has taken numerous writing courses from Groundlings, UCB, iO West, Second City and The Pack Theater. He’s also taken workshops from writers of Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, the Office, the Whitest Kids U’ Know, Conan O’Brien and Kids in the Hall.
Having drawn for the animation industry for over 25 years, he has pitched and created animated shows, most notably ‘Wabbit’ for Cartoon Network/WB Animation.
He also has done puppetry for 12 years, mentored by former Muppeteer Michael Earl. He has performed on various projects including the Pee Wee Herman show, Fox NFL, and the new seasons of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix. He is a member of Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and Puppeteers of America, and has attended the O’Neill puppetry conference and attended/taught workshops at 5 National Puppetry Festivals.

Not quite what you’re looking for? As we continue to book additional workshops, I’d love to know what you’re curious about. What would you like to learn? The sky’s the limit! Drop me a line!

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