with Vivian Gladwell and Sarah French
August 12- 16, 2015

Ipswich, MA

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.

Class size is limited to 12. Please register early.

Course fee - $550

Deposit - $180

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

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Sarah French

Sarah French was a practicing psychotherapist before turning, with relief and joy, to the paradoxical world of Clown. Sarah sees clowning as an invitation to celebrate full being. She has practiced clowning around the world with Jef Johnson, Vivian Gladwell, and the wild dolphins of Hawaii, who are all research partners in a lifelong study of play. Sarah facilitates playshops on her own and with other collaborators. She holds an MSW from New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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).