Physical Theatre Workshops during the run of Terrifying Shrubbery:
During the run of Terrifying Shrubbery, Michael O’Neill and Sarah Liane Foster will offer 4 (four!) physical theatre workshops at the Headwaters Theatre. All workshops are designed for all levels of learners.

Tues, 4/28, 7-9:30pm: Slapstick, with Michael O'Neill
Weds, 4/29, 7-9:30pm: Beginning Commedia Dell’Arte, with Michael O'Neill
Tues, 5/5, 7-9:30pm: Intro to Clown, with Sarah Liane Foster
Weds, 5/6, 7-9:30pm: Physical Comedy, with Sarah Liane Foster

Workshop Descriptions on our Events Page (scroll down)

To register or for more info, contact:
Michael O’Neill (Slapstick, Commedia Dell’Arte)
michaeloneillteacher (at) gmail.com, 503.975.6269
Sarah Liane Foster (Clown, Physical Comedy)
sarahlianefoster (at) gmail.com, 971.219.5781

Physical Theatre, Movement & Circus Skills Residencies,
Grades K-12

- In-School and After-School Residencies
- Post Show Workshops
- Teacher Workshops
- Family Night Performances & Workshops
- Customized Residencies
- Summer Camps

Workshop/Residency Overview:
Students gain coordination, self-confidence and ensemble skills as they work with Nomadic Theatre Co members.  Physical theatre exercises, juggling, circus skills, partner acrobatics, mask work, commedia dell'arte, clown routines, improvisation and ensemble creation can be explored. A residency may culminate in a performance.

Physical Theatre:
A style of performance that uses the body’s language and movement to communicate. The emphasis is on ensemble work, awareness and honesty of movement.

Circus Skills:
The Nomadic Theatre Co teaches circus skills classes: juggling, stilt walking, balancing, acrobatics, unicycle, poi, and clown. The classes encourage individual focus and learning, as well as group collaboration and creativity.

Mask-making and mask performance residencies are available.  Students make their own paper mache masks from scratch.  Mask performance workshops invite students into a world of physical expression. 

Commedia dell’Arte:
A form of improvisational theatre born on the streets of Renaissance Italy in the 16th century. While this masked performance style was rooted in political satire of the times, the style and characters are very relevant today.

A hyperextension of oneself through the red nose. The Nomadic performers explore the vast world of clown from many directions. They have taught people from 7 to 70 the art of clowning.