THEA 15
The Red Nose Clown Winter 2023

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The Red Nose clown. This intensive will push students to find their most vulnerable self. To be in front of an audience without their social mask but rather with the smallest mask in theater, the Red nose. The red nose reveals the naive, the idiot, the most evident state of an actor before it starts acting. To be stupid, really stupid, not act stupid is the hardest task for an actor. To be true, to go beyond the “trying to be” but really just be there in front of an audience in the present moment is a gift for any artist. The red nose allows us to see humanity in its most discontructed state. It makes us laugh, because we are all living off balance trying to keep up with all the bumps along the road and pretending that we’ve got it all figured it out. The clown doesn’t pretend , it tries hard to survive. And somehow that makes us laugh. This intensive will guide you to see and be seen by an audience. To try to be the best at something even if you’re not, to live through the “flop”, the failure of success. You will discover your “idiot” and interact with other clowns to create pieces that will be shared with an audience. To make us laugh. Or maybe smile? Or maybe cry… Humanity is so complex and the clown flirts with its intimacy to remind us that it’s ok to fall, it’s ok to want to be the best, to be pretentious because we care so much. The clown is not ironic. It is sincere… and it is that sincerity that touches us and makes us laugh and understand one another more.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 16
Expected: NA
Class#: 1300
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors, prospective Theatre majors
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
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