Clown Class with Christopher Bayes in Chicago

I have studied with Christopher Bayes in NY about 15 years ago– he’s a great teacher, and you are sure to learn a lot from him!  (I studied with him and Bill Irwin AT THE SAME TIME! Well, different hours, but the same week)

Take Clown in Chicago with Christopher Bayes

Christopher Bayes, current head physical acting teacher at the Yale School of Drama, is the commedia dell’arte and movement consultant for Court’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors.  Click here to read an interview with Chris about his clown theories.

Description of class:

Jump into your body…open like a little flower…rediscover your playful spirit and the simple pleasure and ferocious generosity of performance. In this workshop we pursue the clown together in all of its messy and hilarious beauty. Your relationship to all other forms of drama will be enriched by the openness and reckless abandon that the clown requires.

When: Monday, May 16,  12pm – 5pm

Where: Court Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 5608 S Stony Island, Chicago

Instructor: Christopher Bayes

Fee: $125

Registration and information:  Email Virginia or call (917) 533-1924.

Photo of actors Allen Gimore and Timothy Edward Kane in rehearsal for One Man, Two Guvnors (Joe Mazza).

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Christopher Bayes, courtesy of his website

Christopher Bayes, courtesy of his website

Christopher Bayes began his theater career with the internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Jeune.  Since then he has worked as an actor,director, teacher, and clown in many theatres across the country, including the Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Rep, Juillard School, Trinity Rep, Intiman Theater, Idaho Shakespeare, and many more.He has taught classes and workshops internationally at Cirque Du Soliel, Williamstown Theatre Festival, , the Big Apple Circus, Interlochen Arts Center, Vassar College, Stella Adler Conservatory, Bard College, Fordham University, University of Texas Graduate Acting and Directing Programs, National Shakespeare Conservatory, University of Minnesota Graduate Acting Program, the Guthrie Theater, Iowa State University and Theater de la Jeune Lune.

He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard Drama School, the Actor’s Center (founding faculty & master teacher of physical comedy/clown), Yale School of Drama, Trinity Rep Consortium, the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, the Academy of Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C., New York University’s Graduate Acting Program and Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently Professor and Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama.

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