This 7-week Clown 1 class is intended for all comers who wish to now enter the territory of Clown. What does it mean to be funny? How does the audience affect YOU? Discover yourself onstage in a state of true play and awareness. RISK! Each participant will exit this class with an understanding of Clown as an action necessary for visual comedy and an awareness of performing with DELIGHT. Through instruction and feedback, you will develop an understanding of how to play a comedic personae and create NEW material. Each class will begin with a physical warmup necessary for the work.
All classes will be held at Clown LAB located at ZACCHO STUDIO. Please be on time and dressed to move.
Persons arriving after class start time please call 415-990-6336.
Dan Griffiths is an award winning theatre maker, director, teacher, and the founder of CLOWN LAB SF, ClownZero, and KAPOOT Clown Theatre. He has created and performed original theatrical works in over 45 states and 25 countries since 1988. Dan has performed with the Clown troupe Die Hanswurste, with Chicago’s 500 Clown, and internationally for The Department of Defense Overseas Shows. Dan has taught Clown and Physical Theatre at Dell'Arte International, Clown Conservatory San Francisco, The School for Mime Theater, Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Indiana University Northwest and Academy of Art University. Most recently he taught Clowning at Dell'Arte Internaional and the Wu Qiao International Circus Festival in Shijiazhuang, China. He has worked as a clown doctor and trainer for The Big Apple Circus and is currently, the Director of CLOWNZERO a Medical Clowning unit in residence at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Dan has studied with Marcel Marceau, Gregg Goldston, Moni Yakim, David Shiner, and Stefan Niedzialkowski. He attended The School for Mime Theatre and The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater. Dan holds an M.A. in Experimental Performance from New College of California and an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Art from the California Institute of Integral Studies.