Classes

 
 
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Los Angeles: THE WORLD OF MASK

Class  The World of Mask Intensive
Dates  Monday, July 16th thru Thursday, July 19th
Times 1pm-6pm
Location Ruby Street Church, Highland Park
Instructor David Bridel with Bob Beuth
Cost $399 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

A brand new class from theatre maestro David Bridel. "Every actor, consciously or unconsciously, longs for transformation." - Michael Chekhov. Enter the magical - and transformative - world of mask training, a stunning universe of creative physical exploration and psychological depth. Larval mask, full character, and half character masks scope out a journey into the unknown. For all who long to relinquish their analytical selves and experience the beautiful shock of true theatrical imagery.

 
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LOS ANGELES: THE POETRY OF THE CLOWN

Class  The Poetry of the Clown Intensive
Dates  Sunday, July 29th thru Wednesday, August 1st
Times 1pm-6pm
Location Live Arts LA, Eagle Rock
Instructor David Bridel
Cost $399 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

Enter a new world of clowning. Taking our cues from some of the world’s greatest clown-artists, we explore the magical potential of visual, imaginative, and emotional poetry in clowning. Create stunning imagery, work with surreal and beautiful props and costumes, invent new clowns and flood the stage with music, evocations and dreams. A unique journey into the clown’s creative psyche, unlike anything The Clown School has offered before. Ideal for returning students; suitable for all who wish to drown in metaphor and mystery.

 
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LOS ANGELES: NEOPRENE THEATRICAL MASK-MAKING

Class  Neoprene Theatrical Mask-Making
Dates  Sunday, August 5th thru Sunday, September 2nd
Times 10am-2pm, Sundays only
Location Bob Beuth's home studio in Van Nuys
Instructor Bob Beuth
Cost $450, plus a $45 materials fee (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

Students will be led through the process of sculpting and casting a full neoprene mask, with reusable plaster molds made during the class.(After the initial mold is made any number of reproductions can be made out of neoprene.) 

All applicants must submit a photo or representation of their design prior to the start of class. 

Classes will be held at Bob Beuth’s home studio in Van Nuys.

Ages 18 & older.

Maximum class size is 6 students.

 
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LOS ANGELES: Clown 1 (FALL 2018)

Class Clown 1
Dates August 26th - October 7th, 2018
Times 5pm - 9pm, Sundays (only)
Location Live Arts LA, Eagle Rock
Instructor Zach Steel
Cost $399 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

Begin the extraordinary pursuit with Co-Artistic Director, Zach Steel. In this class, we will peel back the layers of socially acceptable behavior and let loose the wild duck that lives inside us all. We will quiet the little critics in our heads and learn to play from our most vulnerable and innocent place. From there, we will be able to experience the most triumphant triumphs and the most beautifully disastrous flops. Come along for the ride!   "A truly spectacular and unforgettable class" - LA STAGE. 

Ages 18 and older.

 

 
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LOS ANGELES: LECOQ 101 INTENSIVE 

Class LeCoq 101 Intensive
Dates Thursday, Aug 30th, Friday, Aug 31st, & Saturday, Sept 1st
Times Thursday from 1pm-6pm; Friday & Saturday from 4pm-9pm
Location Live Arts LA, Eagle Rock
Instructor Josh Carlebach
Cost $299 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

Give new vitality to your work and learn the secrets that all great performers share—they know how to PLAY.  Lecoq Technique offers another approach to the craft of acting.  Get into your body and learn to create with your whole instrument. Form complicity with the performers that you share the stage with, gain confidence in yourself as a creative artist, and begin to see the world around you as an unending wealth of creative inspiration.  Lead by Lecoq trained teacher and drama desk award nominated director, Josh Carlebach, this three day Lecoq immersion workshop will focus the foundations of Lecoq’s ground breaking techniques:  Mask work, Le Jeu, Gestural Languages, ensemble-created theater and much more…

 
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LOS ANGELES: Clown 2 (FALL 2018)

Class  Clown 2
Dates  October 28th - December 16th, 2018 (no class 11/25)
Times 5pm - 9pm, Sundays (only)
Location Live Arts LA, Eagle Rock
Instructor Zach Steel
Cost $399 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

Here we go! In this level 2 workshop we’ll fling open the door to the comic world and re-engage your pursuit of the most fragile, fearless, hopeful and hilarious of all creatures, the clown. From beneath the smallest mask in the world, the red nose, you’ll continue to encourage the clown’s endless curiosity, boundless enthusiasm and explosive insistence on fun (as well as reckless expression when the fun does not appear). You’ll learn to show and show – show it all including what you want to hide away from the world and defend from the audience – it’s apt to be what is most human and most interesting and funny about you! We’ll begin to play in groups (families, duos and trios) and develop the skills to find and then augment a game in improvisation with other clowns. 

Ages 18 and older.

 
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LOS ANGELES: glove or rod puppet building

Class  GLOVE or ROD PUPPET BUILDING
Dates  Sunday, November 4th thru Sunday, December 2nd
Times 10am-2pm, Sundays only
Location Bob Beuth's home studio in Van Nuys
Instructor Bob Beuth
Cost $450, plus a $45 materials fee (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

Students will be led through the process of creating EITHER two glove puppets or ONE rod puppet in the course of the five weeks.

All applicants must submit their designs or representations of the style of puppet(s) they wish to create during this five week class.

Classes will be held at Bob Beuth’s home studio in Van Nuys.

Ages 18 & older. 

Maximum class size is 6 students.