Character 101 ONLINE Wednesdays noon-3pm PST

Character 101: Character Basics

Prerequisites No Prerequisite, email [email protected] to enroll
Scheduled ONLINE Wednesdays noon-3pm PST
Start Date Apr 1, 2020, 12:00pm
Price $350 + Fees
Class Size 10 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
This is a writing and performance class focused on creating original characters. 

This class will use the concept of the "Game" so a background in other UCB classes is important.  Students will be taught different strategies for coming up with characters. By the end of class, students will have developed multiple characters culminating in a class show where they will perform one 3-5 minute character monologue.

Please note: Students will be expected to write and prepare characters outside of class each week. You will perform those characters! You will write AND perform!
Students should have access to a computer and stable, robust internet access, webcam & microphone. 

This online course uses Google Classroom and Google Meet programs to conduct live sessions with your instructor and fellow students.

Please check to see if you have the compatibility requirements for utilizing these
programs before registering:

All tuition payments include a $35 non-refundable registration processing fee.


Frank Garcia-Hejl, teacher

Frank Garcia-Hejl Frank Garcia-Hejl studied improv and sketch comedy at Four Day Weekend Theater in Texas before moving to New York in 2007 to study at UCBT.

Frank is currently a teacher/performer/director at UCBT in Los Angeles and a writer and actor in the sketch group SQUADRON.  

You might be familiar with his work as a writer and actor for Broadway Video's Latino internet channel Más Mejor or may have seen him on USA's First Impressions with Dana Carvey. He performed in the 2018 CBS Showcase and returned in 2020 to write for it. He was named one of New Faces: Characters for the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2016 and also one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch 2015. He has written and appeared in material for NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Comedy Central, IFC, Shudder, MTV, TruTV, USA and A&E. He currently co-wrote and co-starred in a segment in the upcoming comedy/horror anthology movie Scare Package.

Management: Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Agency: ICM


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