Clown/Improv/Partnering Jam Session
all five Wednesdays in May 2012 7-9pm
Last Wednesday Class (5/30) will be at
Theater Lab, 137 West 14th Street, NYC
photo by Jim Moore
Come together with other performers in a safe, structured environment to work-out your play muscles and play out your work muscles. Lead by experienced teacher/performers, John Leo and Andy Sapora, the class will be an opportunity to work closely with other performers, develop partnering trust and rhythms, and most of all, just get up on your feet and do stuff. Bring in something you've always wanted to try, or just show up and be guided through challenging exercises in clown and improv personally tailored to your level and need. With an emphasis on emotional and physical safety combined with opportunities for big fun risk and big fun payoffs. Classes are drop-in/pay as you go or save money by signing up in advance for all five sessions.
John Leo won the Gold Medal in the 2008 New York ClownOlympics for wiggling his little butt and bribing the judge. Before that, he lived in Juneau, Alaska for seven years where he burlesqued brazenly and clowned bashfully with Perseverance Theatre, Kitschy-YumYum Burlesque & Wild Rumpus (Best of SF Fringe 2003). Mr. Leo graduated from Sue Morrison's Clown Through Mask, Dell 'Arte School of Physical Theatre ('99), Bard College (BA Drama/Dance '97). He has toured all over North America with Number's Up! a OneManOneChihuahaua Clown Show and with Peg-sss-us -a Romantic Sex-Ed Burlesque (Best Comedy of the SF Fringe 2008). John has also toured with Clowns Without Borders (Mexico '04 & Guatemala '10) and is currently a "pediatric clown doctor" with the Big Apple Circus Clown CareUnit in NYC area hospitals. Mr. Leo teaches Clown to medical students/doctors/nurses (Big Apple Circus' Flip-Side of the Charts) and at Earthdance Retreat Center. He curates/MCs tinyDANGEROUSfun! with Andy Sapora, collaborates with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, and made Handshake Uppercut with Jay Dunn. He is a recipient of an Individual Artist Project Award from the Rasmussen Foundation and a Career Opportunity Grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. www.johnleo.net
Andy Sapora performs regularly as a Flying Karamazov Brother and is a clown and facility supervisor with Big Apple Circus Clown Care Hospital Clown Program. He is also a founding member of the comedy music troop, The Maestrosities and co-host and co-founder of the monthly variety cabaret tinyDANGEROUSfun. He has been performing on stage since he was 10, street performing, juggling and clowning since he was 15. He studied extensively at the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theater and at the Belgian National Circus School. He's taken workshops and master classes with Keith Johnstone, Bill Irwin, David Shiner, Steve Smith, Jeff Raz, Rick Davis and Ami Hattab. In addition to teaching privately he has taught theater & presentation at both The New York Circus Arts Academy and The Circus Warehouse. He's also taught general circus skills and clowning with the outreach programs of Big Apple Circus, Cirque du Soleil and The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. www.maestrosities.com