Teenagers are right in the middle of forming their identities and honing their sense of humour, and we see this as an important time to engage and support them.
The Class Comedians programme provides a unique opportunity for secondary-school students to participate in the arts and is run at no cost to the schools & students that participate.
The first phase of the programme involves local comedians performing free in-school lunchtime concerts at high schools around New Zealand. After school, there's an open workshop with our comedians, and students that show an interest and flair for comedy are then invited to take part in the Class Comedians programme.
For the next few weeks and over the April school holidays, a series of workshops, performances and one-on-one mentoring cover different types of comedy performances and all aspects of the comedy industry. Comedians and industry experts work with the students to enable them to find their comedy voice. As well as coaching their creative development, students are also taught professional skills necessary to make a living being funny, along with personal life skills.
At the midway point of the programme, students perform in front of an audience at the Class Comedians Showcase during the Comedy Festival. The confidence they build in such a short time and the performances themselves are incredible.
Class Comedian Graduates you may recognise are; Rose Matafeo, James Roque and Rhys Mathewson.
If you're a teacher/ staff member at a high school in Auckland or Wellington, and would like the Class Comedians programme to come to you during February/ March, simply drop us a line at email@example.com.