with Vivian Gladwell and Laura Geilen
March 29 to April 3, 2015

Spencertown, NY

Clowning is the art of making mistakes and there is an art to paying attention to the unexpected, to accidents and those unintended things we do. Sometimes our striving for perfection blinds us to what the world is trying to tell us. Great wisdom can be found in making peace with our shadows and our shortcomings and clowning celebrates all our humanity even those part of it we are desperately trying not to be.

This level III course brings a fresh new way of looking at impros by focusing on the many strategies we use for avoiding mistakes. The course gives a greater focus on theatrical and improvisational techniques and will feel very different from previous levels. For example, impros are repeated to bring actors to work in less familiar and/or comfortable areas.

Level 3 moves the work one step closer to performance and is an ideal preliminary to Towards Performance and/or Social Clowning.

Course fee - $525

Deposit - $180

Times: This course begins Sunday at 10.00 and ends Thursday at 13.00
Each day will be from 10.00 to 18.00

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The Courage to Be Workshop was unlike anything I expected. Defenses I had relied upon for so long, slowly began to peel away. I felt unbearably vulnerable...and at the same time liberated.
At the end of the week I felt that I had gained something intangible but very real. And magical.
E. M. from Concord, MA
- November 2013

“Thank you for the deep look into what is going on; in me and around me. Wow”
S.T. from Boston, MA - July 2013

“One of my goals in attending your "Courage to Be" workshop was to become more spontaneous and less stiff in my relationships with others. …What a delight! Many thanks.”
P. C. from Lenox, MA - November 2013

“The work was life changing… the exercises were miraculously simple and profound and effective. I wish the workshop had been two weeks.”
E. S. from Brookline, MA - November 2013

Laura Geilen

Laura Geilen teaches dance, Spacial Dynamics, circus arts, therapeutic movement, acro-yoga and clowning to children, adults, and special needs groups in schools, workplaces, institutions and privately. Laura is a member of Walking the dog Theater's OFF LEASH! Improv Theater Ensemble, and is a facilitator with Nose to Nose. She believes in clowning as a personal practice and journey towards greater truth, freedom and aliveness and also as a social art that can re-connect us to the world and bring healing to our relationships.



Vivian Gladwell

Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway).