Ridgefield Playhouse to Host Adult Comedy & Screenwriting Classes this Spring

With a good idea for a comedy routine or TV show, those inner talents that are dying to be discovered can be honed with a little help from the experts who will be teaching some unique adult ed workshops at The Ridgefield Playhouse. First up is comedienne Christine O'Leary's Comedy Writing Workshop for would-be comedians on Mondays March 3 thru April 14, from 7 - 9 p.m., followed by a "graduation showcase" at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Next is "Introduction to Screenwriting with Katie Torpey", for people who dream of turning a movie idea into a bona fide screenplay, on Tuesdays from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. starting March 25 thru May 20. Comedienne Christine O'Leary will teach stand-up comedy writing and guarantees that all students will be funny, without risk of not being laughed at, every Monday night for eight weeks. Students will learn the fundamentals of comedy writing and performance concluding with a comedy graduation show at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Everyone will pass with flying colors. Christine O'Leary is a social worker, project manager, social media editor and professional award-winning comedienne whose humor takes her to stages all over the country. This course is part of Hamlet Hub's A Whole New You Series.

In prolific Hollywood writer Katie Torpey's adult ed class on Screenwriting, aspiring screenplay writers will learn how to turn an idea into a well-told, formatted screenplay that is saleable. Students will learn the basics of screenwriting, storytelling, structure, formatting, theme, plot, characterization, dialogue, conflict and genre. Katie Torpey, an award-winning WGA screenwriter/filmmaker with an MFA from UCLA Film School, has worked for numerous networks and studios and sold several screenplays including the 2005 romantic comedy The Perfect Man (starring Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear and Chris Noth). She wrote and directed the independent film Truth About Kerry (starring Stana Katic of ABC's "Castle"). She recently authored a book Just Breathe about her 130-pound weight loss transformation.

To sign up for these workshops ($300 each), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or go online to ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Bruce Becker Scholarship fund has been established to subsidize classes that foster participation in the performing arts. To apply for a scholarship, email allison@ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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