Turning a Silly Observation into a Full Sketch with Jessica Motolo


  • 6 July 2022 - 13 July 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Applications Open 23 June 2022 8:00 am
Applications Close 13 July 2022 8:00 am
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Learn how to turn a silly observation into a full sketch with Jessica Motolo, Associate Artistic Director of The Second City in Chicago, the world's premier school of improvisation during two, one-hour livestream workshops (July 6 and July 13). Are you onto 100 funny ideas that you’re sure could be a hilarious piece of comedy but don’t know where to do next? Or do you start to write a piece only to find it slowly loses momentum? This workshop will cover getting ideas out of our heads and onto the page, how to refine a comedic premise, and a variety of sketch structures to help bring any idea to life. This two part workshop is built to be active and collaborative. Bring ideas to discuss and workshop or come as you are and develop something new in the room. Please note: Both classes will take place from 12-1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (NSW/VIC/QLD/TAS) and 2-3pm NZ time.  


  • Jessica Mitolo

    Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Jessica Mitolo is currently a director and teaching artist in Chicago, Illinois. As the current Associate Artistic Director and a faculty member at The Second City Training Center and Second City Film School, Jessica develops content and teaches improvisation and comedy writing to students of all ages and skill levels. For over five years, Jessica worked as a Lead Teaching Artist in Open Book’s Read​Then​Write Residency Program where she travelled throughout Chicago, teaching reading comprehension and creative writing to students in underserved communities. Independent of Second City, Jessica has trained comedians in over 10 different countries including Lebanon, Greece, Poland, Germany, South Africa, China, and the Czech Republic and works as Education Manager for The Nursery Theatre in London. As a facilitator, she leads corporate improv and idea generating workshops where she has enjoyed working with companies such as NetSuites, LinkedIn, and Willis Towers Watson. Jessica is also a performer and director. She has directed more than 40 productions, including MY AMERICAN COUSIN at Silk Road Rising, VISPETTA: A COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE PRODUCTION at Italian American Theatre Company of Chicago, MEAT CUTE, and NOSTALGIA SUCKS: BUT IT USED TO BE AWESOME! Jessica was a participant in LaMama International’s 2017 Directing Symposium as well as The Lincoln Center’s 2018 Directors Lab. She is proud to have worked as Director for one of Second City’s National Touring Companies and as Assistant to the Director on the Mainstage


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