Winter & Spring 2018 Workshops

acting as play: clown & scene study
In this hybrid acting/clown class we'll apply the relentless appetite for fun of the clown to the fundamentals of acting and scene work. Bridging the gap between two seemingly different approaches to actor training, Acting as Play will challenge you to shed your shame, blow the lid off your imagination, and pursue your objectives with such abandon that you will inevitably get into whatever kind of trouble the play demands. Learn how to unlock your fun and make friends with the discomfort and anxiety that can accompany auditioning and performance. THIS IS AN 8 WEEK workshop. Class size is limited to 16. Admission is open to all students. Instructor: Gabriel Levey.
Sundays, January 14-March 11 (no class on February 25)
6:30-10:30pm @ 440 Studios, 440 Lafayette St., Manhattan $480
 
clown for all weekend
It’s a complete disaster of fun and chaos... Everyone's invited! Exercises will be tailored to each individual's level and built to encourage both discovery and continuing growth: encouraging the new and provoking the veterans simultaneously. We will surely illuminate something elusive and rare: the comic world (with great peals of laughter)! Admission is open to all students. Instructor: Christopher Bayes.
Saturday, January 20 & Sunday, January 21
10pm - 5pm (with an hour lunch break)
@ Jack - 505 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, NY $295
 
commedia dell'arte weekend
Discover the world of Harlequino, Pantalone, and other archetypes of the Commedia dell'Arte. Celebrate the vulgar, the romantic and, of course, the profane. Find the lazzi. Learn to bring the mask to life. Live fully in your body. Investigate the actor/creator. Take ownership of your work. Admission is open to all students. Instructor: Christopher Bayes.
Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11
10am - 5pm
(with an hour lunch break)
@ Jack- 505 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, NY $295
 
play weekend
Rediscover your impulse to play! How much fun can you find with the performer's most essential playmate, the audience! Through a series of exercises drawn from clown, le jeu, games and improvisation, you will learn to listen and respond with your whole body, develop a more playful and dynamic relationship with people, things and the space around you, and take bold risks — all in the name of your fun! Find play and game and you will not only enliven your presence onstage but discover exciting, new possibilities for entering the world of the clown and approaching character and text. Play is the beginning and a very good place to start this work as well as an essential place to revisit once you have begun! Admission is open to all students. Instructor:Justine Williams.
Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4
12pm-6pm @ Jack -505 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, NY $195
 
commedia dell'arte weekend
Pursue living fully in your body, bringing the mask to life, playing through the audience and with your colleagues, and working with the commedia articulations and archetypes. There's a lot to do at once! We will investigate how to make stuff up, find physical comedy and game, and how to tip into absurd and surprising comic logic to make something illuminating and hilarious. We'll bring the masks into the contemporary and use what you care about, your experiences and what you want to say as the content. If we get it going real strong we might just create repeatable material inside the world of commedia - individually and in groups. Admission is open to all students. Instructor: Virginia Scott.
Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15
10am - 5pm (with an hour lunch break)
@ Jack -505 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, NY $215
 
clown for all weekend
It’s a complete disaster of fun and chaos... Everyone's invited! Exercises will be tailored to each individual's level and built to encourage both discovery and continuing growth: encouraging the new and provoking the veterans simultaneously. We will surely illuminate something elusive and rare: the comic world (with great peals of laughter)! Admission is open to all students. Instructor: Christopher Bayes.
Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22 
10am - 5pm (with an hour lunch break)
@ Jack - 505 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, $295
 
 
 
For more information or to sign up, email thefunnyschool@gmail.com 
or to ask a question call Virginia @ 917-533-1924.