Clown Class with Philip Cuomo

Clown Class with Philip Cuomo

Discover your clown. Take a joyful ride identifying the physical characteristics you use to define and present yourself to the world. Turn those characteristics upside down and reveal yourself through extreme action in creating clown compositions (bits).

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This work was developed from a synthesis of the teachings of Jacques Lecoq, my experience as a student of the Cirque Du Soliel clown David Shiner, my efforts in devised collaborations and years of observation and practice.

Clowns will execute a super fun dance ritual, and practice a series of exaggerated stage craft techniques, entrance and exits, take, three seconds etc., all in service of revealing oneself trough clown.

Together the demands of the physical experiences begin to open and reveal a primary psychological truth repeatedly expressed by the individual. With guidance from the instructor the individual identifies the primary psychological truth. The individual exaggerates this psychological truth in action creating an exaggerated point of view and then identifies and choses a polar opposite quality.

About the instructor:

Philip Cuomo is the Producing Artistic Director of CoHo Productions. He is a director and actor and a Third Rail Repertory Theatre core company member. His directing credits include work with Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Hand2Mouth, Theatre Vertigo, Miracle Theatre, Nomadic Theatre and Portland Actors Conservatory, all in Portland Oregon, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Expanded Arts and The Sonia Moore Studio of Theatre in New York City and with The Tampa Historical Society and School is Fun Productions in Florida. He has worked extensively in devised work and play development.

As an actor he has appeared at Lincoln Center, The Hartford Stage, The Civic Theatre of Central Florida, and in Portland with Third Rail, Artists Repertory Theatre, Shaking the Tree, and Imago Theatre.

Philip is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University teaching movement and clown.