Theatrical Clown: Building A Piece

Starts: Monday, July 30, 2018
Three Weeks July 30th thru August 17th - M,W,F 11am-2pm

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Prerequisites: To be considered for this class, students must have previously taken Theatrical Clown at TBG and by permission of instructors. If you are interested in registering, please contact with a headshot and resume.

The class explores how to effectively integrate story structure with clown essentials, creating a repeatable and flexible performance piece. Students build a 4 to 6 minute solo or duo theatre piece.

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Instructor: Seth Barrish

Theater Direction: Broadway; Mike Birbiglia's The New One(Cort Theater). Off-Broadway; Thank God for Jokes (Lucille Lortel nomination), All the Rage (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle nominations — final performance at Carnegie Hall), Sleepwalk With Me (Nightlife Award), The Tricky Part (OBIE Award, two Drama Desk nominations), Pentecost (Drama Desk nomination), Old Wicked Songs (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award & Garland Award), Good (Straw Hat Award), and many more. Television: Co-director of Thank God for Jokes for Netflix; Director of Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend for Netflix. Film: Co-director for Sleepwalk With Me. Screenwriting: Co-writer of Sleepwalk With Me. Playwriting: Co-adaptor of Enemy Of The People (an adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People) Producing: Consulting Producer for Don’t Think Twice; Co-Producer for Sleepwalk With Me Live. Theater; worked with Berkeley Rep, New York Theater Workshop, The Long Wharf, The McCarter, The Geffen Playhouse, The Intiman, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Promenade, The Signature Theater, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose Rep, The La Jolla Playhouse, Two River Theater, Playhouse 91, La Mama e.t.c., The Perry Street Theatre, Provincetown Rep, and The Barrow Group. A professional acting and directing teacher, Seth recently served as a Master Teacher at the International Director’s Symposium in Spoleto, Italy, and is author of the book An Actor’s Companion–Tools for the Working Actor, published by TCG.  As an actor, Seth appears regularly in film and on television.

Instructor: Jean Taylor

Jean E. Taylor is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, working extensively in their local programs and international consultancies. She received Lincoln Center’s Directors Emeriti Award in 2012. Jean teaches Theatrical Clown and Aesthetic Inquiry for The New School for Drama’s BFA and MFA programs and has taught Clown for The Barrow Group for over 15 years. She represented LCE at the International Teaching Artist Conferences in Oslo, Norway, Brisbane, Australia and most recently in August 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

As a performer, Jean and director Eric Nightengale presented a trilogy of their devised work, True Hazards of Childhood, Pants and Skirts, and Elsinore or Bust for a month of performances at The Barrow Group in January 2016. Jean’s earlier devised work Wild Hair was developed and performed at Dixon Place, The Barrow Group Theatre, Mount Tremper Arts, and The Flynn Center in Vermont. Her current work, A Flagger’s Lament, will premiere in 2017.

Additional performing work includes The Reclamation with Hilary Easton + Company and Snatches, a play begun at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s New End Theatre, and presented on BBC Radio 4. Also for the 78th Street Theatre Lab: Beckett’s Rockaby, Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare, and Arlene Hutton’s See Rock City.

Jean studied clown/movement with Philippe Gaulier, Ronlin Foreman, David Shiner and Merry Conway, among others. Her approach to theatrical clown has been published in Movement for Actors, Allworth Press. She is a board member for The Maxine Greene Center for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination.

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Location: The Barrow Group
312 West 36 St, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212.760.2615



MondayJuly 30, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
WednesdayAugust 1, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayAugust 3, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
MondayAugust 6, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
WednesdayAugust 8, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayAugust 10, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
MondayAugust 13, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
WednesdayAugust 15, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
FridayAugust 17, 201811:00 am - 2:00 pm
Please Note:

All payments for classes are non-refundable (unless a class is canceled).
If you need to cancel a class for any reason, you must notify us by email at least one week before the class begins, and we will apply a credit to your account for a future class.
As our faculty are all working professional actors, directors and playwrights, we reserve the right to change teachers at any time.
Commitment is for the duration of the session. THERE ARE NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. If you discontinue any class before the ending date of the session, you forfeit your fee.