Sketch 301 Sundays 3:30-6:30pm

Sketch 301: Writing a Sketch Show

Prerequisites Completion of Sketch 201 within previous two years
Scheduled Sundays 3:30-6:30pm
Start Date Feb 9, 2020, 3:30pm
Price $475 + Fees
Class Size 8 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Tech Rehearsal Apr 1, 2020, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Performance Apr 1, 2020, 6:30pm
Students in this class will work together to write an original sketch show. Students will be held to weekly deadlines in order to generate material to be featured in the show. Students will also get the experience of generating material collaboratively with others.

Students will be expected to devote time to writing and rewriting material outside of class. Students will also get the experience of rehearsing, blocking, and producing sketches for the stage.

The culmination of Sketch 301 will be the performance of a sketch show comprised of student-generated material.

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be writing for a predetermined cast, not for themselves. The focus of the class is on writing, rewriting and producing sketches for the stage.

Sketch 301 also includes a mandatory Tech Rehearsal before the final performance. Students must be available to attend the Tech Rehearsal

in order to participate in the show and pass the course. Please check to make sure that you available for the tech rehearsal before signing up for the course.

Students must bring a sketch to the FIRST session of class. This sketch should be written for the stage and no longer than four pages. This first sketch should be written utilizing the concept of the "Game of the Scene," taught in Sketch 101 and Sketch 201. Students should be prepared to devote time outside of class to completing new writing assignments for every session.

Students will be required to see two scripted shows at the UCB Theatre before the end of the course.

Class Size: 8 Students
Please note all tuition payments include a $35 non-refundable registration processing fee. 

Class meets at UCB Sunset Training Center; Room #K (First Floor)

Jesse Esparza, teacher

Jesse Esparza Jesse Esparza is an actor, writer, and comedian from Sacramento, California. He moved to Los Angeles in 2009 where he began studying at UCB.


Jesse is currently a writer on ABC's "Mixed-ish".



In addition, his work has been featured on CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, and Facebook Watch.



Jesse is one of 8 writers chosen for the prestigious Disney ABC Writers Program. He was a finalist for the 2018 Imagine Impact Writers Program, and was chosen as one of 10 for the 2017 NHMC Writers Program. He also wrote for the 2015 CBS Diversity Showcase, with his sketch "Helen Keller Party Girl."



His UCB credits include "Tonya Harding The Musical" which was written up in E! News Online, The New York Times, LAist, and more; and was featured in an episode of Live From E!



Jesse directed the UCB Maude team Emerald. His other UCB credits include his pilot turned stage show, "CarteLOL"; UCB Maude teams Bombardier and ALL IN; and UCB Mess Hall team Bad Seed.
Jesse got a call back for Harold auditions once in 2011.

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