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Shakespeare and Company Actor Training


Michael F. Toomey in Scapin

A weekend Clown Workshop exploring the smallest mask in the world. Come celebrate who you are in a very public way for a weekend of Glorious Failures and Epic Imbalances.

We are all born funny. We come into the world with something unique, something off-balance. It’s what drives your loved ones mad or makes them fall in love with you. It is the most intimate part of ourselves, it is why we get back up when we fall down. It’s what makes us most Human, it’s what makes us poetic. Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually, ……Ecumenically. It is the Clown.

The question is not “do we each have a clown?” or “can you find your clown?” The question is how much of yourself are you willing to reveal today–and celebrate in a very grand way?

Throughout history, the Clown has played a vital role in our communities. Cross-culturally, the Clown has been looked to in order to reveal what is most human about us all and asks us to laugh about it. In these three days, actors will explore what is most human about themselves–revealing it and celebrating it publicly. This is a workshop in Clowning, an exploration of the Red Nose, Play, Complicity and how each of these are vital to the actor’s training. Being funny is not a requirement.

Taught by Michael F. Toomey
Dates: TBA
(Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-5pm)
Tuition: $300 (includes room)


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