I have been an adjunct faculty member of The Second City since 2008 and have taught specialty writing courses for Lesly Kahn & Co and The Sketch School. As Artistic Director of Bare Boned Theatre in Chicago, I co-created and executive produced the long-running LGBTQIA+ soap opera, The Ville. As an actor, I have performed in regional theaters across the country and am a former artistic associate of The Actors' Gang with a BA in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University. I love, love, LOVE working with writers and actors of all ages and experience levels. My goal when coaching is to help clients explore their own creative voices while having a great time doing it! If you are looking for tough love, you may be disappointed, because I've got nothing but LOVE to give - along with a bunch of comedy knowledge!
I proudly support the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. I believe Black Lives Matter. I believe Women's Rights are human rights. I honor Indigenous people as the native and enduring stewards of the land on which we live. I love Mother Earth and strive to heal her for future generations. I love all animals and love living a plant-based lifestyle. I am UNION YES! I live a sober lifestyle and am happy to support anyone who struggles with alcohol or drugs - please reach out, you are not alone! I love my dogs and my spouse, Mary Jane Watson, Shirley Feeney, and Joe Slepski, respectively. ;)
Cost covers reading and taking notes on 1/2 hour comedy TV pilot along with 1 hour of feedback via Zoom.
Take your funny idea for a TV show from a premise to an outline to a fully realized comedy pilot script ready to pitch! Over the course of 24 weeks, students work together in a writers room environment to workshop ideas, give and receive notes, and inspire each other to complete a fully realized pilot episode.
This 5-week course covers essential comic character writing techniques like the Four Elements of a Comic Character (Vorhaus) and the Eight Characters of Comedy (Sedita) along with some out-of-the-ordinary tools to generate fully realized comic characters (RWS).
Utilizing the three historical forms of satire, you'll explore your comic point of view through your own opinions on social, cultural, and political affairs. By the end of this 5-week course, you will have a better idea of your satirical POV and three satirical sketches! (PREREQ: Some sketch comedy writing experience is required.)
Groups of 2-6 can take deep dives into Sketch Comedy Writing with this ongoing workshop. RWS will create specific lesson plans that cater to the needs of each group. Don't have a group? RWS will be your comedy writing matchmaker and find you a crew. (Class length varies depending on class size.)
Just you and me! Want notes on sketches? Want to learn sketch comedy privately? Want some career counseling? Contact RWS and we'll figure out a plan based on your needs. (60 mins minimum)
Whether it's a last-minute audition or you've got a few days to prep, RWS coaches Adults, Teens, and Children for TV, film, and theatre. (60 min minimum)
Don't have someone to read your self-tape with you? RWS can read over the phone or Zoom to help you with your audition. (No minimum. $1/min. Short notice is totally fine!)
Great for teens and children, but fun for adults as well! RWS offers solo (or pairs if living in the same location) acting and improv coaching. RWS uses improvisational games and acting techniques that help actors come out of their shells, find the fun in performance, become more comfortable when auditioning, and explore characters and emotions in a safe, one-on-one environment. (60 min minimum)
All coaching and group classes are based on RWS availability.
Audrey Flegel is a phenomenal actor and teacher. She has appeared in a gagillion commercials and teaches one heck of a commercial prep class! I've taken it and it's amazing! Her sitcom boot camps are amazing too! Tell her I sent you!
Ever thought about taking a stand-up class? Are you into the woo-woo spiritual side of things? Me too! Stand Up 4 Your Power is an intersectional, spiritual, self-improvement approach to stand-up comedy taught by Christian Cintron. Tell him I sent you!