PETE’s Institute for Contemporary Performance draws on our collective decades of education and experience to teach classes that look toward the future of training for the theatre. Classes include Suzuki, Viewpoints, Linklater voice, Alexander Technique, devised theater and collaborative composition. We also host classes by guest artists, ranging from clown to extended voice and audition prep. Check back regularly to see what we have in store.

PETE classes 2017
(click on any class for more information)

Clown Class with Philip Cuomo (Monday nights, April 10-May 1)

Directing Devised Performance (May 20)

Suzuki/Viewpoints Intensive (Daily, June 19-23)

Suzuki/Viewpoints Advanced Intensive (Daily, June 26-30)


About PETE instructors:

PETE intensives are taught exclusively by PETE founding members: Jacob Coleman, Rebecca Lingafelter, Cristi Miles and Amber Whitehall.  All PETE instructors have trained extensively with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, as well as Mary Overlie, Wendell Beavers, Barbara Dilley and Tectonic Theatre.  Members of PETE have taught at Portland Actor’s Conservatory, Barnard College, Naropa University, Brandeis University, Boston Conservatory, Pacific University, Lewis & Clark College, The Public Theatre, and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Click here for more about Suzuki and Viewpoints training.

Upcoming Classes

Directing Devised Performance

A day-long intensive workshop focused on directing devised performance, taught by PETE’s Rebecca Lingafelter and Jacob Coleman. We will explore processes for generating material as well as structuring and rehearsing new performance. We will also introduce techniques for generating ensemble and collaborative creation. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in creating new work including directors, playwrights and creator/performers.

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Both Jacob and Rebecca have directed PETE’s work in addition to collaborating with other devising companies including Tectonic Theatre, PL115, Fever Theatre, Liminal, and training with the SITI Company and Anne Bogart. They have taught devising at Pacific University and Lewis & Clark College as well as through PETE’s Institute for Contemporary Performance.




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.



Viewpoints/Suzuki ADVANCED Intensive

Join PETE for a week-long Advanced Suzuki/Viewpoints intensive coming in June 2017. This five-day advanced intensive will deepen and expand participants’ understanding of how these techniques can be used in performance. Previous experience of Viewpoints and Suzuki is required.

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More about Suzuki & Viewpoints HERE.

More about the instructors HERE.

Questions? Contact Jacob Coleman at

Viewpoints/Suzuki Summer Intensive

Join PETE in June 2017 for a week-long Suzuki/Viewpoints intensive (and stay for the Advanced intensive if you can). These complimentary techniques train the body, voice, perception, and creativity of the performing artist. This five-day intensive will give participants a strong grounding in the Suzuki method and the language of the Viewpoints.

Register here

More about Suzuki & Viewpoints HERE.

More about the instructors HERE.

Questions? Contact Jacob Coleman at