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)


Suzuki/Viewpoints FALL Intensive (OCT 1-11)



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.

Refund policy: All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Jacob Coleman at Full class refunds are available until the first day of class. After the first class, refunds will be pro-rated from the time of the written cancellation.

Upcoming Classes

Clown Class with Philip Cuomo

Clown Class with Philip Cuomo

Take a joyful ride identifying your expressive aesthetic. Turn that aesthetic into extreme action to create clown compositions (bits).

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, working with the ICP faculty and years of observation and practice.


Level 1 Registration

Level 1: Clowns will execute a daily ritual: dancing individually in large groups, in a circle with dance moves led by one or two clown in the center of the circle and then in duos and trios. They will practice a series of exaggerated stage craft techniques, entrance and exits, take, three seconds etc., all in service of revealing a personal expressive aesthetic.

Level 1/2 Registration

Level 2: Together the demands of the physical experiences begin to open and reveal aesthetic truths repeatedly generated by the individual. With guidance from the instructor the individual identifies these truths and supports them though choices of costume, props, gesture and action, creating a clown “mask”. The individual then begins to incorporate a “counter” mask layering and deepening the expressive aesthetic.


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 Fall Intensives

Viewpoints/Suzuki Fall Intensives

These complementary techniques train the body, voice, perception, and creativity of the performing artist. The Level 1 intensive will give participants a strong grounding in the Suzuki method and the language of the Viewpoints. Level 2 deepens the work, expanding the possibilities for application in performance.

Level 1 Registration

Level 1 & 2 Registration


More about Suzuki & Viewpoints HERE.

More about the instructors HERE.

Questions? Contact Jacob Coleman at