Current Classes

Red Nose Mask Intensive - Register Online

Paola Coletto returns to Chicago for a very limited time only! The founder of the School of Theatre Creators here in Chicago and then Los Angeles after that, now resides in her origin country of Italy but will be gracing the midwest with her presence and knowledge this May. For Paola’s full bio, click here to learn more. From the instructor: RED NOSE MASK: “Discovering the Audience through “The Poetry of the Ridiculous” The red nose belongs to the clown, but primarily it is a mask, the smallest in the world! The power of the Red Nose Mask consists in exposing the performers to their own naiveté and fragility. When they come on stage wearing a Red Nose, their face is in a state of complete openness with no defenses or barriers and, at this point, to make the mask work— or we could say, to achieve the Clown State— participants must accept to play with aspects of themselves that are normally considered embarrassing, weak, or ridiculous, accepting as vulnerable as they can be ...stripped bare for all to see! Regardless of each participant’s personal artistic journey, this experience with the Red Nose will provide an unforgettably profound state of freedom, presence, and authenticity while developing a very strong, ‘living’ relationship with the audience.” Register Online.

Dates: May 14,15 & 16 2018
Time: 6pm-10pm
Cost: $225
Intructor: Paola Coletto
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Corporeal Mime: The Thinking Body - Register Online

This intensive is co-led by the winner of the 2018 “World Mime Organization Award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Mime” Steve and Corinne are direct contemporaries of the late Etienne Decroux, considered by many to be the “Father of Modern Mime.” Over this 12 hour intensive, participants will gain a greater understanding of how to navigate their body through space as they may never have before. From the instructors: “This study will include gestural grammar, body articulation, counterweights, walks and displacements in space, figures of style, mobile statuary, and musicality of movement. Extracts of the repertoire of Etienne Decroux will be taught during the workshop to fully experience this unique modern mythology of movement theatre. Participants will also explore the infinite possibilities of drawing from this repertoire to create personal work.”
View Corinne’s acceptance of an award and a retrospective of Steve and Corinne’s work.
Learn more about the instructors and about Corporeal Mime. Register Online.

Dates: May 26 & 27 2018
Time: 10am-5pm (with a lunch break)
Cost: $175
Intructor: Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum
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Previous Classes

Bouffon: Workshop

This intensive is great for Comedians, Clowns, Performance Artists, Pranksters, the irreverent, and the social conscience. This 4 hour workshop, requires no previous experience, and focuses on the world of Bouffon. Bouffon is the art of mockery and manipulation, sometimes referd to as the anit-clown. In this class we'll explore reshaping our form into the grotesque, finding pleasure in mockery, and developing a socially conscience voice. Using exercises in satire, clown, and bafoonery, we'll created dynamic characters to challenge an audience. Space is limited. Register online...

Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement

Feldenkrais

This 4 week workshop is an introduction to 'Awareness Through Movement' , a somatic learning method created by physicist and Judo master, Moshe Feldenkrais. By exploring small and isolated movements, new possibilities of moving with ease and comfort are discovered. This hour long class will help students reduce tension and pain through guided lessons that explore the mind- body connection. This is an non-performative class.

Mime

This full 8 week program is an introduction to the art form of Mime. Through a disciplined approach that includes floor and barre work, performance exercises, and classical technique, students ascend to a new level of physical awareness using the grammar of Mime. In this introduction to the techniques of Marcel Marceau, Etienne Decroux, and Stephen Niedzialkowski, students focus on physical characters, object work, and ensemble performance as they journey beyond words to share silent narrative with an audience. Space is limited.

Workshop: Audience Participation

Live performance is magical because of it's ability to get people in a room together, sharing a unique experience, and beginning a real conversation. Instructor Dean Evans draws on years of theatrical clowning, experience as a Neofuturist performing in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, and performing as the entity known as Honeybuns. Students will explore: bringing people on stage, going into the house, creating interactive material, site specificity, psychological techniques, and taking them to the streets. Engage an audience in a way that allows them to be relaxed and uninhibited. Excellent for performance artists, comedians, clowns, risk takers, pranksters and humans. Wear something you are comfortable moving in.

 

Physical Comedy Workshop - Slapstick

Don't fight dirty, fight funny. This workshop offers an environment to learn and develop skills in slapstick comedy and the creation of physical gags or "Schtick". Using slaps, kicks, rolls, trips, pokes, and the art of the pratfall, students will create hilarious situations of comic conflict. Students learn physical comedy elements and structure taken from the classic cinema as well as contemporary physical comedy and modern theatrical clown. This class will also explore status as a driving force behind physical comedy. Students will develop exquisite timing and the skillful execution required for the performance of slapstick comedy as well. Learn to be funny within your body. No Experience required. All ages and backgrounds welcome. Reserve your spot by registering online.

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Class Discounts:

Discounts apply to local classes only. Discounts are also subject to availability of space in class.

Now offering a 10% discount for:
- performing ensembles of 3 or more taking the same class,
- repeating a class

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