Theater Unspeakable Company Class
Exploring Styles: Modern Clown
Theater Unspeakable (TU) is offering a six-week course where participants will explore modern clown. The course will build towards the creation of original modern clown pieces and numbers. Along the way, participants will learn about masks, physical characters, physical authenticity, vulnerability and ensemble devised theater. The weekly classes will culminate in a final presentation open to the public.
TU’s Artistic Director Marc Frost and frequent collaborator Thomas Wynne will lead the course. Both instructors studied with disciples of Jacques Lecoq at various programs in Europe and have been teaching physical theater at different levels in the Chicago area over the past several years.
Class size is limited to 14 participants.
March 7th – April 11th
7:30 – 10:00 PM
Outer Space Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
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About the Instructors
Marc Frostis an actor, deviser, educator and Chicago native who has performed and produced work in Brazil, Ireland, Spain, the USA and the UK. He created Theater Unspeakable in 2010 as a platform for creating original works of devised, physical theater. Based in Chicago, the company has toured nationally including The Kennedy Center (DC), Lincoln Center Education (NY) and Chicago Children’s Theatre (IL). He co-founded Physical Festival Chicago, an annual international physical theater festival, in 2014 and is currently programming its fifth season. He has taught in Brazil, the USA and the UK and currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University. For five years, he led workshops and co-taught with Paola Coletto at The School for Theatre Creators in Chicago, a full-time training program based in the teachings of Jacques Lecoq, and is a proud graduate of the Lecoq-based London International School of the Performing Arts. His mission is to spread awareness of physical devised theater as a teacher, practitioner and producer.
Thomas is a movement trainer/teacher/director with over 10 years experience teaching in Paris, England, and MFA programs at several universities across the United States. He is a graduate of the two-year professional program at The Lecoq School in Paris, France where he specialized in movement, mask, mime, and clown. While in Paris he worked with some of Europe's foremost experts in mask, mime, and clown and served as the pedagogical assistant to Paola Rizza, director of pedagogy at The Lecoq School, and Pascale Lecoq, the director of The Lecoq School and daughter of Jacques Lecoq, in an international conference on “The Neutral Mask” in Paris. Thomas has been teaching clown at Second City for the past 3 years and has been an actor and has provided movement direction for Theater Unspeakable for the past 4 years. His particular focus, as a teacher and director, is on physical characterization and gesture for actors of any discipline, from film to stage.