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12/12/2019

If you know anyone who wants to jump into clown / acting in a serious way starting next September - this may be the program for them!

Nine months of world class instruction, now with concentrations in both clown and acrobatics.

In 2015, we launched our professional training program – the clearest expression of our mission to develop well-rounded, physical performers.

After training with our world-class faculty, our graduates have gone on to perform across the country, from Chicago’s top stages (including Lookingglass, Writers Theatre, and The Goodman) to Broadway tours and more.

Today, we're excited to announce that we're expanding the program to include an all-new clown concentration, giving actors the opportunity to deepen their skill set through intensive training in physical theatre.

The curriculum will be partner-based and draws from a wide range of techniques including physical comedy, devising, object manipulation, ensemble theatre making, Meisner technique, and more. It will feature regular performance labs to help students increase their confidence onstage.

The application process for next year’s program is now open, with students being accepted on a rolling basis.
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"Clowning pushes you out of your comfort zone as a performer and shows you how you to make bigger and bolder choices. Having spent a lifetime in the circus, it's become clear to me that many of the most versatile and successful performers have a background in clown. It’s time for Actors Gym to stretch further in this direction and add even more skills to our students' toolset."

– Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, Artistic Director

Hello all- Adrian will be teaching a Clown class for 13 weeks at Actor’s Gym starting next year. If you want to brush up...
12/08/2019
Adult Classes – The Actors Gymnasium

Hello all- Adrian will be teaching a Clown class for 13 weeks at Actor’s Gym starting next year. If you want to brush up on fun or have a place you can be sure to feel things - join us

https://www.actorsgymnasium.org/classes-camps/adult-classes/

Our popular adult classes cater both to those looking for unique ways to stay active, as well as performers seeking to develop skills to make more exciting theatre, including aerial, tumbling, and much more.

Here's a diagram of what we'll be learning in Clown Class at The Actor's Gymnasium
09/11/2019

Here's a diagram of what we'll be learning in Clown Class at The Actor's Gymnasium

Come take a clown class at Actor's gym taught by Adrian Danzig.
09/06/2019
The Actors Gymnasium - Clown

Come take a clown class at Actor's gym taught by Adrian Danzig.

In this introductory class to Clown, you’ll learn techniques that will encourage you to be more playful, rather than cautious on stage. Through improvisation, discovering games, object partnering, and character develop-analysis you’ll create a final expressive performance. *This class meets in S...

01/29/2019

OK. SO I just taught a group of turned-on "yes saying" performers. Are there more of you out there? and would you like to take a short class or a multi-week one?

We're DEAD!!!!Come take the class anyway.Call The Actor's Gym today!  class starts tomorrow at Noon. (847) 328-2795
01/25/2019
Makers and Breakers: Square Pegs in Round Holes: Following the Ghosts of 500 Clown

We're DEAD!!!!

Come take the class anyway.

Call The Actor's Gym today! class starts tomorrow at Noon. (847) 328-2795

Scapi Magazine’s monthly column about the history of experimental history in Chicago has a name! Makers and Breakers features 500 Clown in this installment by Scapi contributor Felix Abidor. Throug…

Here's the tug.  Say YES!
01/19/2019

Here's the tug. Say YES!

Spaces Going Fast!
01/19/2019

Spaces Going Fast!

We're thrilled to share that Adrian Danzig will be teaching a two-day Clown master class with us on January 26-27!

This class in 500 Clown technique will be a Physical Theater class focussing on humor created through character choices. Only 12 spots available for this special workshop!

Learn more and register: https://www.actorsgymnasium.org/classes-camps/clown-master-class/

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01/12/2019

Please repost!

We're thrilled to share that Adrian Danzig will be teaching a two-day Clown master class with us on January 26-27!

This class in 500 Clown technique will be a Physical Theater class focussing on humor created through character choices. Only 12 spots available for this special workshop!

Learn more and register: https://www.actorsgymnasium.org/classes-camps/clown-master-class/

Come take this class - unless you're a mean jerk these days.
01/11/2019
Clown Master Class with Adrian Danzig – The Actors Gymnasium

Come take this class - unless you're a mean jerk these days.

January 26 & 27 Saturday 12–6 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 2 PM This class in 500 Clown technique will be a Physical Theater class focussing on humor created through character choices. We will take a little time to frame the perspective of the character using the language we developed to make stage wor...

This Clown is in town this week.  Czeck it out
10/01/2018
ANGELA DELFINI EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU To Play Limited Engagement at PROP Theater

This Clown is in town this week. Czeck it out

Vatican Falls, the controversial play written by Frank J. Avella that explores one Catholic sex abuse survivors journey has been selected for a Scratch Night at Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director). Casting is now completed. The play will feature: Cameron August, John Ball, Ca...

05/22/2018

We're moving out of our Garage storage on Friday for good tossing some stuff hauling other stuff away. Let me know if you want to come. Should be some weird stuff if you're into that kinda thing.

04/16/2018

Adrian is directing Clowning in this Production - some FUN is to be had. COT Pigmalione+Rita

Leah and Anthony are doing super brave and moving work in this showAdrian "directed" it.
04/18/2017
The? Unicorn? Hour?

Leah and Anthony are doing super brave and moving work in this show

Adrian "directed" it.

In The? Unicorn? Hour? Leah and Anthony invite you into a space to discover and grow joy in an atmosphere where joy can float freely. Inspired by childhood favorites "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" and "Peewee’s Playhouse", this show aims to help you remember that we can find the core fantastical world of...

Is that Kevin in "Picnic"?Golly, no.That's Malic White as Madge!Molly "Kevin" Brennan plays Hal.Directed by Will Davis.P...
03/14/2017

Is that Kevin in "Picnic"?
Golly, no.
That's Malic White as Madge!
Molly "Kevin" Brennan plays Hal.
Directed by Will Davis.
Previews start Friday!
http://www.atcweb.org/picnic

10/10/2016

Hello! It's been a long while since I've posted here. There are a ton of new folks liking the page these days, I think as a result of the work I am doing (Adrian here) at The House theatre of chicago. 500 clown is technically not doing things now. But there will be some upcoming classes - currently im teaching at Aloft and Columbia College. But more excitingly we are looking for another time and place to play 4 square. Aloft may be the spot. We'll need to work out a time. Other ideas are a three direction tug of war, and a marathon in a small neighborhood park. Let me know if any of this excites you. More energy is great.

05/03/2016

One of the Very best American Clown Teachers is coming to town. Check out this excellent class.

Here it is.clown in Chicago with Christopher Bayes!

Jump into your body...open like a little flower...rediscover your playful spirit and the simple pleasure and ferocious generosity of performance. In this workshop we pursue the clown together in all of its messy and hilarious beauty. Your relationship to all other forms of drama will be enriched by the openness and reckless abandon that the clown requires.

Instructor: Christopher Bayes.

Monday, May 16, 12pm - 5pm @ The Court Theater rehearsal hall, 5608 S. Stony Island Ave

$125

04/01/2016
MCA – Blair Thomas & Co. Moby Dick

In case you had heard that this show was sold out - it was - so they added a matinee tomorrow.

This contemporary interpretation of Herman Melville’s classic reunites a team whose work resonates deeply with the American musical and theater landscape. Puppeteer Blair Thomas, songwriter Michael Smith, and percussionist Michael Zerang bring to life the seemingly impossible-to-stage symbolism of t…

03/04/2016
Learn how to puppet puppets this April with Rough House

Anyone interested in learning some table top puppetry?

Back by popular demand! A class for actors, visual artists, physical performers, and anyone else who has ever found themselves anthropomorphizing inanimate objects and wishes to take it to the next level. Throughout this four week session, you will explore the fundamentals of puppetry performance an…

02/17/2016
POP WAITS - A Photobooth Interview

Molly "MonsterClownGirl" Brennan is tearing up the stage with her p(ART)ner Malic White at The Neo-Futurists in The Neo-Futurists present: POP WAITS this weekend through March 12th.

[[THURSDAY/FRIDAY/SATURDAY @ 7:30pm.]]

(Thursday is pay what you can.)

PUNK/CLOWN/ROCK/ROLL/REPEAT.

THE VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_UTtm6oJoQ

THE TICKETS:
https://neofuturists.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0SU0000003vUw9MAE

POP WAITS IS AN ATHLETIC, PARTICIPATORY, CLOWN PROVOCATION TO WRITE A SONG. Running February 4th - March 12th Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 7:30pm $20 at The N...

10/12/2015

LET IT BE KNOWN THAT BRITTNEY REBHUHN TOOK HIGHEST HONORS AT THE FIRST

FULL REGALIA 4 SQUARE

WE WILL DO THAT AGAIN. BECAUSE OF THE FUN.

500 Clown's cover photo
10/05/2015

500 Clown's cover photo

09/29/2015
The House Theatre of Chicago

hi 500 Clown friends! Leslie Danzig here (director of 500 Clown Macbeth, Frankenstein, Christmas & Elephant Deal) .. just wanted to spread the word about Damon Kiely's The Revel, which I had a blast directing! Found the House to be an exceptional and welcoming home for adventurous storytelling, process filled with questions & discoveries, creation of a gorgeous set that has us climbing and balancing and even some hangin', soul-stirring music-making, and such a generous loving filled-with-yes room for making some theater. runs thru Oct 25 at the Chopin Theatre. would love to share the work with y'all ... http://thehousetheatre.com/playsandevents/revel

The Revel is kickin' up dust! "Moonshine, mothers and music — and ultimately mayhem — swoop and soar... a foot-stomping world premiere!" - Chicago Tribune

Cool classes going down this October at the Neo-Futurarium! Leah and Anthony are the real dealz. "Be yourself! Only funn...
08/18/2015

Cool classes going down this October at the Neo-Futurarium! Leah and Anthony are the real dealz.

"Be yourself! Only funnier, and sadder, and with more problems!"

~~ http://neofuturists.org/workshops/intro-to-clown/ ~~

Sign up now while the signing up is good!

Got a hankering for some sweaty, messy, Machiavellian clowning this weekend? So do we. Luckily, THE KING is going up at ...
07/21/2015

Got a hankering for some sweaty, messy, Machiavellian clowning this weekend? So do we. Luckily, THE KING is going up at The Neo-Futurists this Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and we can fuel our insatiable appetite for fun and risk and play and clown for just 5 bucks!
Do it.

Buy tickets here buster: http://bit.ly/1ecx9TX

Check out the event here if you're into that sort of thing! https://www.facebook.com/events/805392299578593/

05/18/2015

Anyone interested in taking a 500 Clown class in the first couple weeks of august? How about a one day intensive on the 8th or something during the week of the 3rd or 10th? Opinions?

05/10/2015

Great Class Yesterday! thanks everyone!

02/11/2015

How Do You Survive Beauty?

Ok Let's talk about Beauty. At The Smart Museum. Tomorrow from 5-7:30. Well get there by 5:45 and you'll see The Nexus Project make a dance for us in Gallery X. The Punch Trunk will be there. It's a trunk which is a boom box, and also serves punch. You know fruit juice and some alcohol.

SO there's gonna be a ton of beauty around - beautiful items and Art and Architecture, Dance and feelings and people and smiles and shyness and inquiry.

But beauty is also oppressive and can be destabilizing, onerous and destructive. What's so good about Beauty

Let's have that conversation

What does beauty do to and with us?
How do we interact with the expectations each of us has around beauty?

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5550 S Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 702-0200

doors open at 5:30

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12/18/2014

Daily Provocation!

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12/16/2014

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