Acting Conservatory: Commedia, Comedy & Clowning

WEST Acting Conservatories  are open to all students ages 14-21 years old with a sincere desire to learn the craft of theatre to high standard of excellence.  The nature of a conservatory is intensive–students are engaged in activity every moment of their scheduled time. To achieve excellence, attendance and participation in all classes is mandatory.  Please check your calendars carefully before committing to this class.

Commedia – We explore the very roots of the art of Commedia dell’arte comedy as we delve into our favorite stock characters of the Italian Renaissance.  Pantalone, Columbina, El Capitan and Dottore will be there alongside the clown Arlequino.  This class combines physical acting with masks, physical humor, and structured improvisations (lazzi) scenarios.

Comedy – Study contemporary comedic acting techniques that draw from parodies of reality: making observations about ordinary life and then adding a comedic twist! Exercises will include physical comedy & theatre, discovering physicality through observation, creating characters through exaggeration and imitation, and explore the comedy of opposites and defying expectations. Once characters are created, we shift our attention and become comedy writers and well as performers. The instructor guides the actors in creating a “Slice of Life” monologue or TED Talk from the perspective of the character you create using exaggeration and hyperbole to move from imitation to completed character.

Clowning – Everyone has an inner clown – Discover yours! Instructors are experts in character development, slapstick, how to take a pie in the face, mime, scene development and much more. Don a funny nose and learn the techniques of the masters.

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  1. Ages: Ages 14-21*
  2. Time: 10am – 5pm M-F & 1-8pm Saturday
  3. Class Dates: July 17 – 22, Monday – Saturday
  4. Performance Date: Saturday, July 22 @ 7pm
  5. Location: TBA**
  6. Cost: $550

You must be available for all days and times including the showcase to register for this class.

*Current Page To Stage & West Ensemble Players members are welcome to register regardless of age requirement

** We are seeking a downtown or central SC location for this conservatory. Participants will be notified once the location is confirmed.


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