Art of the Laugh: Comedy Camp for Kids & Teens

Ages: 12-16
Days/Times: Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
August Session: August 5 - August 9, 2013 (performance 8/9 @ 4pm)
Fee: $275 for 1-week session

Limit: 15 students

Kids and teenagers who like to make everyone laugh aren't always the teacher's favorite - unless they come to Spark Arts this summer! This fun, supportive workshop will focus on sharpening students' comedic skills with improvisation in the morning and video sketch comedy in the afternoon.

Before lunch, we'll use games such as those seen on the TV show Whose Line is it, Anyway? to learn the basics of improv. Throughout the week, members of the Spark Improv Troupe will visit and teach students how to create outrageous characters that are grounded in reality, and learn to improvise a captivating, hilarious scene on the spot.

In the afternoon we'll work together to create a hilarious sketch comedy idea, plan and execute a video shoot of the sketch, and edit it together into a funny web short. 

June 2013 session's video sketch.

This workshop will culminate in an informal performance, with improv comedy and a screening of the students' video sketch!

This workshop is great for building skills in writing, memorization, and public speaking. Plus, students learn to listen and work together, and build confidence and self-esteem. Register now!

Session Instructors: Natalie Miller & Nathan Hartswick (and others)

Step 1: Register for the Class:

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Step 2: Payment:

To ensure a slot in the class, you must pay in full
- either by mailing a check, payable to Spark Arts,
180 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT 05401 OR by selecting the
class below and clicking "Add to Cart."

Payment for Comedy Camp for Kids/Teens

Note: If you have extenuating circumstances and are not able to meet these payment
requirements, please contact us to work out a different arrangement. We're reasonable.

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About the Instructors:

Natalie Miller (Improv) is a professional actor, singer, voice over artist and teacher. She trained in voice, theater and dance in New York City, receiving her degree from the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She has performed extensively in national, regional and local theater; on camera in films and TV; and in voiceovers for commercials and films. 

Natalie is the co-founder of Spark Arts and the Spark Improv Troupe, and performs standup and improv comedy throughout Vermont. She also teaches voice lessons and acting classes to students of all ages, and works as a freelance casting director for many local and regional production companies.

Nathan Hartswick (Standup) is a native Vermonter with extensive experience as an educator, performer, writer and director. He is the co-founder of Spark Arts, where he teaches standup and improv comedy to students of all ages. Nathan is also a published children's playwright, and his works are consistently bestsellers for Heuer Publishing and Pioneer Drama.

As a standup comic, Nathan won the 2012 "Best VT Standup Comic" Daysie (readers' choice award) from Seven Days. He was a semi-finalist in the Funniest Comic in New England contest in 2012, and the grand prize winner of the 2011 Higher Ground Comedy Battle. He is the founder of, and produces many comedy events throughout New England.