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Physical Comedy Workshop
Gowanus Arts Building
Brooklyn, NY
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Physical Comedy Workshop
What makes it funny? What makes it repeatable? How do we approach writing the funny?

This class will tackle these questions and more while we explore physical comedy from a clown point of view. Expand your physical vocabulary, develop tools for playing comedy using the techniques of slapstick, improvisation, partnership, comic timing, and accidents in solo, duo and group exercises. Through active games and dynamic exercises we will build short pieces of material using these skills. Physical comedy is funny within context and because of the reaction of the performer, so we will combine technique with context to discover the funny.

Performers of all levels and disciplines are welcome! 18 and older

Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 11 - 6
1 hour lunch break each day
You must be able to attend both days

COST: $225
DEPOSIT: $50 to hold your place in the workshop (refundable until March 21)
EARLY BIRD: $200 - Sign up by March 12 with a $50 deposit (refundable until March 21)
You may pay the deposit on Brown Paper Tickets and pay the balance on the first day by check or cash.

Taught by International performing and teaching artist, Hilary Chaplain - "A Little Tramp - Lucy Ricardo hybrid"
NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Big Apple Circus Hospital Clown Care Unit, Workshops taught at many festivals and and institutions worldwide.

Hilary tours with her award winning clown show, "A Life In Her Day and performs in Variety shows worldwide. She is a founding member of The NY Goofs and appeared on Broadway in George C. Wolfes The Tempest with Patrick Stewart. Hilary is recognized as one of Americas foremost professional physical comediennes performing throughout North and South America and Europe. Revealing the humor in everyday life, she has been called ferociously talented.


"Hilary Chaplain is a brilliant teacher and performer, and her physical comedy class is AWESOME. She creates a friendly, fun, and hard working environment for people at many different levels of experience. If you want to grow as a physical performer and have your mind/body expanded in the process, run (or prat fall) there as soon as you can!  Cathy Rose Salit, CEO and co-founder Performance Of A Lifetime

"Hilary is a master teacher. She creates a safe, playful, fun learning environment for people of all skill levels. I learned a great deal about developing as a clown, connecting to other clowns and the audience. And doing everything with intention and love."  Marian Rich, NYC student

"Joy of physical play got very much invigorated. Hilary Chaplain freed the group to explore fun, fun and more fun while she facilitated proven and tested basic structures for us clowns or clown wannabes. This class more than lived up to my expectations!"     Connie Perry

"Hilary's workshop was truly a joy. She is a wonderful teacher with a generous spirit who has crafted a class that is accessible and fun for performers with all levels of experience. I walked away totally enchanted by the world of the clown, struck by how open-hearted and lovely this work is. Many skills I gained in this class will be useful to me in all of my acting. Highly recommended!     Amanda Miller, NYC student

"Thank you for a weekend of playing. It was so satisfying and helpful for me. It was important to hear, "It might be funny and it might not," because that took away any pressure someone might feel to *be funny*. Instead, the workshop was about playing and exploring and listening and responding and being honest and a little vulnerable all together. In doing the exercises, we learned more skills and ideas for performance, but we also practiced being compassionate, forgiving people, I think.     Kerry Elson, NYC student

"I really enjoyed your workshop.  You framed the exercises in a way that resonated with every participant, no matter our level of training, and created a container of success for all of us.  Thank you!     Z Smith, NYC student

"That hour with you made ALL the difference. You are an incredible director and it was such an amazing experience for me to immediately sense your talent, and expertise and that I could really let go and trust what you had to say.     Lara Lee Rasberry  Circus Contraption

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops with Hilary. A really balanced mix of clown technique and physical comedy, I was able to work on my slap stick as well as my contact with the audience. The workshops were full of laughter and hard work - exactly the way it should be!"     Christina Kn√∂bel, student in Vienna

"Really enjoyed the workshop - great, simple, always needed focus of listening for and growing the game WITH your partner FOR the audience. It was a good amount of risk for me too - started safe, got riskier, but never terrifying. Appreciated you framing the "taking steps forward" exercise as hard to do but good to learn from.     Sarah Peterseil - performer and co-founder of Under The Table, Hospital Clown, Big Apple Circus


Gowanus Arts Building (View)
295 Douglass St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States


Arts > Circus
Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Improv
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!



Bradley F.
Astoria, NY United States
Mar 12, 2016 6:15 PM
Carol H.
BROOKLYN, NY United States
Mar 12, 2016 12:24 PM
Gene S.
New York City, NY United States
Mar 12, 2016 11:11 AM
Barbara Ann M.
New York City, NY United States
Mar 12, 2016 11:11 AM
Maria P.
new york, NY United States
Mar 11, 2016 9:51 AM

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