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Comedy Writing & Performance

About Comedy Writing & Performance

Completing the Comedy Writing & Performance major students will generate original comic material using a variety of methods, including ensemble improvisation, solo writing, and group collaboration. Student will develop their personal voice and point of view as a comic artist. Also, students will develop the analytic skills and vocabulary needed to revise their original work based on feedback. Students will gain competencies that allow them to translate their work into a variety of media, especially live performance and video.

All Theatre majors are required to take the Foundation sequence. Any questions regarding the Acting major, students can contact Academic Coordinator Ed Mazzocco at 312-369-6103, or Jeff Ginsberg at 312-369-6128,

First Semester Classes

We recommend you register for the following in your first semester:

  • • 31-1251 Theatre Foundation I: Making Theatre*

*If you are unable to register for Theatre Foundation I: Making Theatre in your first semester, you will take it during your second semester. Other first semester suggested courses, for Elective credit, include:

  • • 31-1310 Feldenkrais: Awareness through Movement
  • • 31-1350 Speaking Out–also fulfills LAS Oral Communication requirement
  • • 31-1500 Prod Tech: Crew
  • • 31-1510 Drafting for Theatre
  • • 31-1605 Makeup for the Performer
  • • 31-1655 Beginning Puppetry
  • • 31-1680 Foundations of Makeup
  • • 31-1690 Introduction to Auditioning 
  • • 31-2800 Playwriting I
  • • 31-2970 Introduction to Theatre in Chicago

Freshmen are also required to register for 52-1151 Writing & Rhetoric and a First-Semester Experience Course (48-1101 through 48-1114).

Any students attempting to transfer Theatre courses from another college and/or university should contact Jeannine Kusta at as soon as possible. 

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