Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The (Very) Physical Comedy Institute

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This is a project I'm producing this summer. It will involve nine or ten top teachers and a maximum of 20 students (10 in any class), and I think it will be excellent, exciting, and a lot of fun. It's got its own web site at, but here are the basics...

If you want to make your physicality funnier or your comedy more physical, then you’ve come to the right place. This institute is an intensive two-week laboratory, a unique opportunity to dive into the physical comedian’s tool chest, and have a whole lot of fun in the process.

What You Get:
Thirteen very full days of physical comedy training with eight to ten of the top teachers in the field, in classes with a maximum of ten students each. Work morning, noon, and night and for two weeks live in a community of people you are bound to fall for!

Arrive Sunday afternoon, June 8th; leave Sunday morning, June 22nd. Four classes a day plus evening activities. We even work on the weekend! Never a dull moment....

Photo: Jim Moore (

At the legendary Celebration Barn Theater in beautiful South Paris, Maine — that's Maine, USA, not France! — about 45 minutes from the Portland  airport (Portland, Maine — not Oregon!). Lodging and meals available at the Barn.

We are able to confirm the following teachers and classes and expect to be adding a couple more before long.

Leonard Pitt (Berkeley):  Bringing the Mask to Life

John Towsen (New York):  Physical Comedy: Old Techniques, New Applications

Leland Faulkner (Maine):   Physicality and Comedy in Magic

Joseph Herscher (New Zealand / Brooklyn):  Kinetic Scenography: Human Rube Goldberg Machines

Karen Gersch (New York):  Acrobatic Comedy Partnering

Sigfrido Aguilar (Mexico):  Comic/Dramatic Movement or Teatro Corpóreo Cómico

Don Rieder (Canada):  Give & Receive — a Performance Lab

Drew Richardson (Virginia) & Leland Faulkner:  DIY Silent Movies

For more information:

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