Bouffon Workshop with Audrey Crabtree (Mar 29-30) NY

Audrey Crabtree, one of the coordinators of the NY Clown Festival at the Brick, is teaching a last minute workshop in Bouffon.


A quick and dirty Bouffon workshop!

Audrey Crabtree

Audrey Crabtree: photo by Jim Moore,

WHEN: Friday March 29th 7-10pm AND Saturday March 30th 10am -3pmWHERE: CaveArts in Williamsburg 58 Grand st, btwn Wythe & Kent

COST: $100

CONTACT: for Info and Registration!


Friday night practice bouffon basics and develop a character, Saturday come join a pack and play hard.

Feeling playful? Snarky? Have a bone to pick? Translate your observations and frustration with society, systems, and stereotypes into physical dynamic theater work. Through games and exercises play you will develop a unique core character from the inside out. Working in packs you will practice the skills, tools and tactics of the bouffon. Come to birth a new character or deepen and existing bouffon. Be prepared to move, play hard, and become ONE OF US!

WTF is Bouffon?!? 
Cursed with the misfortune of a grotesque appearance, and compulsion to push the limits of decency and morality, you are deemed less than human. You are beaten and driven from your home. Outside of the village, you band together with other bouffon creating your own bizarre community. Forever tormented by the rejection, you are obsessed with the society from which you were unjustly cast, and spend your time observing the villagers, their hypocrisy, and personal private vices. Once a year, foolishly, the villagers invite you and your friends back to the village for a festival, so they can secretly mock and ridicule your physical imperfections.
Seeing the perfect opportunity to enact your revenge, you all offer to bring a show. Reveling in the perverse attention and using wit, parody and charm the you devise the most clever ways of slipping seeds of doubt, guilt and truth under the skin of the villagers, in hopes it will resurface later to destroy their precious society.


Audrey Crabtree

Audrey Crabtree

AUDREY CRABTREE –instructor and award winning creator, performer and producer of original work. Since 1992 Audrey has been teaching professional theater practitioners in universities, theatres and studios. Her original collaborative work has won a Drama Desk Award, a NY Innovative Theater Award, Best Comedy in San Francisco Fringe Festival, and the Spanish language HOLA and ATI Awards.
She is a director/founder of the NY Clown Theatre Festival, Co-artistic director of Ten Directions along with Lynn Berg, creating over 13 original productions including the acclaimed Bouffon Glass Menajoree. Her bouffon, Graspy McTakeItAll, was originally commissioned for the International Globesity Festival and now performs variety programs in NYC and the plays Detritus and Robert Honeywell’s Lord Oxford.
She has written and performed parody with NPR, Minnesota Public Radio, political and social humor Brave New Workshop and was featured in ComedyCentral’s satirical Lets Bowl! Audrey studied bouffon with Sue Morrison and Giovanni Fuscetti, and has continued working and training in the form leading the year long weekly Bouffon Workout. Currently, she is in development on projects working in bouffon with young adults in the foster system and physically and mentally handicapped adults.


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