"Thank you for having this program. There are so few available. The staff was amazing and very caring. They went above expectations when it came to individual needs... " br>- George Washington University - Musical Theater parent
"Without USPA and all of their help, I really don't believe that I would have been accepted into The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (my first choice college)." br>- Alex Roesler
"It was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about the college theatre audition process. And it made me less nervous for them. I applied for 9 colleges and had to audition for all of them, but the workshop prepared me mentally and physically." br> - Anna (College Audition Boot Camp Student)
After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1971, Bob spent the next
fourteen years touring and teaching with the Claude Kipnis Mime Theatre in New
York and on his own in Chicago. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an
acting career which peaked with the title role in the Styx video, "Mr. Roboto."
Soon after, he began writing, starting with episodes of "Head of the Class" and
"The Cavanaughs," then to writing and producing "Perfect Strangers" and "Step
by Step" and "Partners." He also co-created the comedies "Life with Roger,"
"Going Places" and "Two of a Kind." "Kiss the Frog," a romantic comedy whose
screenplay he co-wrote, is now in pre-production.
What do THE BIG BANG THEORY, BLACK-ISH, 2 BROKE GIRLS, PARKS and RECREATION, GIRLS, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, and MODERN FAMILY have in common? You guessed it! They are all situation comedies! US Performing Arts is proud to offer the only Sitcom Writing/producing Camp in the country.
The Sit Com Writing/producing camp is one of the most popular workshops every summer. It focuses on the writing and producing of a situation comedy. Television is writer/producer driven and you will get an opportunity to learn about writing character and situation comedies that parallel the situation comedies that we have grown up with. You will learn what is funny and what is not...what works for a joke and what doesn't, and how a sketch is different from a story comedy while the entire time you are learning to develop character through situation and humor. Designed for the serious writer who also wants to understand producing, you will examine structures of situation comedies past and present and work side by side with the master writers of the current sitcom world. This workshop collaborates with the Sitcom Acting Workshop in the staging and performance of your original situation comedies under the guidance and experience of a seasoned professional director in a an active working Hollywood studio environment.
You will learn the fundamentals of sitcom character development, front story, and back story and what makes a story not only funny but also humanistic. In the second week, the workshop becomes patterned after the real life experiences of a creative sitcom television show which follows an episode from a table read to a taping of the show. By show time, you will have gone through the experience of writing and re-writing as you see new jokes and develop new ideas that work for the story and the actors once the project gets on its feet. Finally you will be taping the show on a real set in a real television studio. This workshop is very popular and usually fills quickly. It is a workshop that is high energy, fun and exciting with a lot of laughs. Guests may drop in from time to time who will give you further understanding of sitcom writing and producing and maybe even show you some things about sitcom acting which will help your work as a writer.
*Tuition includes room, & meals.
*Registration Fees, Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation fees are not included in Tuition and are additional.
*Commuter (where offered) includes lunch. Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation are not included and are additional.
**Tuition for Boot Camps, such as College Audition Boot Camp, does not include room and meals or airport transportation.
***Locations, Prices, Dates, Directors, and Faculty subject to change without notice.
The faculty is comprised of professional industry artists and college professors representing their schools. Images are of USPA programs, but may not represent actual program or location. If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553 or 415 924-6442
**USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.
If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553
** USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.