With a good idea for a TV show, a song or a comedy routine, those inner talents that are dying to surface can be honed with a little help from the experts who will be teaching some unique adult ed workshops at The Ridgefield Playhouse beginning with Katie Torpey’s TV Writing on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. starting September 17 thru November 5. For would-be comedians, comedienne Christine O’Leary will lead Comedy Writing Workshop on Mondays starting September 23 thru November 11, from 7 – 9 p.m., followed by a “graduation” show at The Ridgefield Playhouse. For music lovers, Kevin Briody will teach Songwriting on Wednesdays, September 25 - November 13, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
All you need is an idea for a TV show and a little help from award-winning writer/filmmaker Katie Torpey to write a bona fide television series. Her most recent project is the animated TV show "Mother UP!" starring Eva Longoria, which will premiere this October. The TV Writing course will help aspiring writers translate their passion into a new TV series. The focus of the eight-week workshop will be plot development, structuring a series for longevity, capturing a compelling theme and creating complex characters that audiences will love and want to follow. Students will also analyze what made TV shows from the past so popular and successful. The course objective is to help students create, develop and write original TV shows that they could potentially sell to Hollywood. Katie Torpey’s successes include the studio films The Perfect Man and Truth about Kerry, which she directed, plus the animated TV show "Mother UP!" starring Eva Longoria, scheduled to premiere this October.
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.
In Songwriting with Kevin Briody, students will learn how to structure ideas, melody, lyrics and instrumentation and will leave with a recording of their songs. A two-time Emmy® award-winner, Briody was selected by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism as a Master Teaching Artist. He is an internationally recognized singer/songwriter who has shared the stage with Art Garfunkel and Aimee Mann. Kevin’s compositions have earned him two Emmy Awards.
To sign up for these workshops ($300 tuition TV Writing & Comedy; $240 Songwriting), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or go online to 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.