Teen Comedy Fest
Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM (CDT)
Welcome to registration for Teen Comedy Fest 2012!!
There will be several things that you will want to have available to you in order to complete registration:
1. The names of all the people in your group that will be participating in the TCF
2. The ages of the participants as of May 12th.
3. The name of your group's coach or director.
4. A link to a video performance of your group if you have one
5. A link to a group photo if you have one
The weekend events look like this:
Friday night (OPTIONAL): Free professional improv shows and teen improv jams
Saturday(ALL DAY): Shows and workshops all day
Sunday (OPTIONAL): Private team coaching
Q: Who can participate in the Teen Comedy Fest?
A: Any student between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age may perform and take workshops at the Teen Comedy Fest. Students may come from any city, state or country, and may be a part of an existing group or may apply as an individual.
Q: What types of comedy do you accept in the festival?
A: Improv, Sketch (as long as the material is written by the performers), Stand-up (as long as the material is written by the performer), Mix/Other-a mixture of sketch and improv or perhaps some other approach that we haven’t even thought of! If you apply in the Mix/Other category, please be sure to thoroughly describe what you do.
Q: What does it cost to participate?
A: The fee is $90 per student to participate in the festival.
Q: What does the fee include?
A: Each student will receive a minimum of three workshops, 1 performance slot, a free lunch, and free admission to all the performances. In addition to that, the fee covers admission to an OPTIONAL Friday night professional improv performance and teen improv jam. The fee is used to pay the professionals who provide workshop instruction as well as cover the cost of lunch, production staff and rental of performance and workshop spaces.
Q: The fee went up! How come?
A: In the past the Teen Comedy Fest has had the performance venue donated to them. This is the first year that we have to pay for the performance and workshop spaces.
Q: When is the balance due?
A: We will send information and instructions on how to pay the remaining $60 per student balance at a later date.
Q: How long will our performance be?
A: Performance slots will be 20 to 30 minutes long for Sketch and Improv, 10 to 15 minutes long for Stand-Up Comedy. Performance length will be assigned based on the number of groups participating in the festival and the size, format, and experience level of your group.
Q: We don’t have an official video of our group. Can we still register?
A: Your video does not have to be professional quality, any footage of any performance your group has done in the past is acceptable—or you can make a short video of a rehearsal and send us that! Groups that have participated in the festival in the past two years do not have to submit a video.
Q: Where will the festival be held?
A: This year’s festival will be held at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. There are 2 paid parking lots next to the theatre and plenty of restaurants nearby, as well as hotels near Belmont Ave.
Q: When are performances/workshops?
A: Both performances and workshops will take place on May 12, 2012. The schedule of workshops and performances will be set in early 2012.
Q: What workshops will be offered?
A: Previous year’s workshops have included Character Development, Sketch Comedy Writing, Freestyle Rap, Musical Improv, Creating Your Own Games, Finding Your Stand-Up Style, Ensemble-Building, and more! We also offer workshops for teachers, chaperones, and coaches throughout the day.
Q: Is there a maximum group size?
A: Groups of any size (we’ve had as small as 3 and as large as 50!) are welcome to participate.
Q: Who can come and see us perform?
A: Performances are open to the public. There is a per-ticket charge for each show the public attends. We also sell all-fest passes which provide admission to all festival performances. Feel free to invite your family, your friends, your Hollywood agent, and any anyone else you know!
Q: We don’t know yet who will be in our group this spring. Can we still apply?
A: Yes! Please include your best estimate of the number of students you expect to have in your group and let us know the date by which you will have an official roster.
Q: What happens if someone who was scheduled to attend can't make it? Can their deposit be refunded?
A: No, the deposit is non-refundable, but it is transferrable so someone else can go in their place.
For more information, or to contact us with any additional questions, please e-mail Jamie Black, Producer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Rogers, Artistic Director at email@example.com.
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