EDUCATION/TRAINING

 

2003 DELL'ARTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL THEATRE: 

Professional Training Program: actor-devised work * commedia dell'arte * melodrama * mime * mask * clown * actor * tai chi * eccentric dance * tango * voice * Alexander * physical comedy * Grand Guignol

1999 M.A. NYU TISCH, PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Focus: traditional Asian performance, avant-garde performance, ritual, play & performance, animated objects  & puppetry, carnivalesque, Artaud.

Performance/Devised: Rasabox with Richard Schechner and Theatre of the Oppressed with Augusto Boal

Thesis: Big Bird vs. Barney: Between the Real and the Unreal: An exploration into the reality of the animated object and its role in children’s television.

 

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1993 B.A. CONNECTICUT COLLEGE, Philosophy & Theatre, cum laude

  • The Crabtree Award, Theatre Dept., 1993
  • The Robert W. Jordan Prize, Philosophy Dept., 1992
  • President of Theatre Club
  • Directed mainstage production, Equus.

 

OTHER TRAINING

  • Clown with Dimitri Bogatirev (Cirque du Soleil’s O and Aga-Boom), 2003
  • Scene Study and Improvisation with Byrne Piven, 2001
  • Kabuki at Japan Center, New York, 1999
  • Commercial Acting with Carolyn Barry, 2005
  • Actors’ Gang member: workshops in “The Style” with Tim Robbins, 2007-08
  • Dance basic: ballet, jazz, belly dance, salsa, swing, tango, eccentric
  • Experience in hand and finger puppets, mascot costumes, Viewpoints, Grotowski, Meyerhold
  • Yoga & Tai Chi

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

SAG-AFTRA   *  Actors Equity Association  *  LA Stage Alliance & Ovation Voter *  Network of Ensemble Theaters  *  Society for French Historical Studies *  Independent Producer's League  *  Board Member Dell'Arte as student event coordinator & organizes alumni events in Los Angeles * member of I Zanni, commedia dell'Arte troupe

HANDFUL OF VARIED EXPERIENCE

Photo Mark Bennington

Photo Mark Bennington

  • USC Instructor in physical theatre & direction of commedia dell'Arte play for MFA program
  • Cirque du Soleil clowning - Rose Parade, Microsoft X-Box, various Iris promotional events
  • Dial Us For Murder - since 1993, co-owner, writing and running interactive role playing events in an original format: wrote, party planning, directing, production
  • NBC sitcom stand in
  • Disneyland Character Department (Chip, Happy, Mr. Smee, etc.)
  • Universal Studios Tour Guide
  • Knott's Berry Farm's Entertainment Department: opening of Mystery Lodge (as Native American Kwakiutl man, Entertainment Dept. supervision, direction, and oversaw Camp Spooky, a children's Halloween event.