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Hone your Comedy Skills at NHTP this Spring

March 06, 2019


Hone Your Comedy Skills this Spring   

 “The secret to a funny story is constructing the story well, knowing where the laugh lines are and how to work with the audience,” Catherine Stewart,  Associate Artistic Director, NHTP

Instructors: Catherine Stewart & Stephanie Lazenby

Saturday, March 9, 2019 
9:30am - 12:30 pm - Fee: $50

Have a talk that you're preparing for an upcoming event? Giving a toast at an upcoming wedding? Come and work on it here. If not, no worries, all are welcome and encouraged! This workshop will introduce various tips and techniques for writing comedic speeches for a variety of settings.  Using techniques in diction, tone and timing, participants will rehearse and perform their speeches.  Co-Instructors Catherine Stewart and Stephanie Lazenby are writing partners, currently producing their television pilot, Domesticated. As writers, directors and performers they have honed their skills in the tricky art of comedy performance both in the US and in the UK. 



Instructor: Stephanie Lazenby

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 pm
March 26-May 28, 2019

Dress rehearsals & performances May 30-June 2
Fee: $400

Is sarcasm your second language? Do you actually look forward to Saturday Night Live every week? When you click on Netflix looking for comedians, do you see that you have already watched and re-watched all of Kevin Hart's stand-up specials?  If so, then it's time to stop watching and to start writing and performing your own comedy!  In Sketch Comedy Group, you will work as a group to write and perform your own original skits and characters to be showcased in front of a live audience.  So get out from behind your screen and put your comedy skills to work!


Adult Comedy Performance Training
Instructor:  Stephanie Lazenby

Tuesdays, April 2 - 16, 2019 - 7.30 - 9:00pm
Open Mic Performance Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Fee $150
Whether it's out with friends, at a meeting, or diffusing a tense family holiday discussion, are you always making people laugh? If you were in a comedy group in college, or have never graced the stage join other adults in NHTP’s first ever Couch to Mic.

In just three weeks you will improvise, workshop, and write three minutes of comedy - it could be stand up, news commentary like a correspondent on The Daily Show, or maybe a short sketch. It’s your choice.

On April 30th we’ll be opening the doors to the public for The Open Mic, a night of comedy presented by the class, and local comedic talent. Stop wondering if you’ve got what it takes, and get off the couch and grab the mic!


This four week session will be taught by one of our newest teaching artists, Stephanie S. Lazenby, a writer and performer based in Portsmouth, NH. Stephanie began her comedy journey by memorizing the entire movie Airplane! as a teenager and has put those skills to work ever since. She was a member of Emerson Comedy Workshop at Emerson College and continued writing and performing original shows and short films in her hometown of New York City.  She moved to the Seacoast in 2003 where her writing has been published locally, including a monthly column in The Portsmouth Herald, Mom’s in the City as well as nationally, in publications such as Redbook and stage productions, Listen To Your Mother. From 2016 to 2018 she was the host of Pecha Kucha, which is held seasonally at 3S Artspace.


Since 1998, New Hampshire Theatre Project has been providing nurturing professional environments for youth, artists and community members to be inspired and transformed through the art of theatre. 

NH Theatre Project is located at 959 Islington Street #3, Portsmouth, NH

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