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The studio is proud to announce that Christopher Bayes, one of the world’s leading instructors in the world of Clown and Physical Comedy, is returning to Berg Studios to lead our next workshop. He is Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama. He is known internationally as a world-class contributor to clown, commedia dell’arte, and what he terms “the pandemonium arts.” His past students include Mahershala Ali, Jessica Chastain, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and many more.

We are thrilled to have Christopher Bayes back with us to share his insights and unique perspective with the studio. This one is not to be missed!

Masterclass in Physical Comedy – Clown to Commedia

In this intensive workshop, you will begin the awe-inspiring and often messy journey in search of your clown…or what is uniquely funny about YOU!  In the second part of the workshop you will embark on adventures in the hilarious and raucous world of commedia dell’arte, where you will explore universal archetypes of the funny.

The pursuit of the clown is the search for the authentic, playful self and its unique relationship to its comic world. Your clown is your comic nature. It cannot be crafted; it must be discovered. Once discovered, it will stay with you always because it lives in your personal sense of play. Everybody has a clown in them, and thousands of characters can come from that clown. We will pursue the clown in earnest exploring all of its messy and hilarious beauty. Once connected, you will move on to explore archetype and transformation through commedia dell’arte. Through the specificity of these archetypes, you will learn to bring physical expression and find more freedom and ownership to your work. You will walk away with a deeper physical understanding of your talent, your true vulnerability, and your unique comic perspective.


When: Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9

Time: 10AM to 5PM (one hour lunch break)

Location:  Berg Studios, 3245 Casitas Ave suite 104, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Price: Students – $500,  Non-Students – $650

(Students must be currently enrolled in scene study at time of signup & during workshop)   

In order to secure a spot in this amazing workshop contact the office to put down a deposit (50% of tuition) today.  Due to the nature of this workshop deposits are non refundable.


About the Instructor:


Christopher Bayes began his career with the internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where he worked for five years as an actor, director, composer, designer and artistic associate.

He is currently the Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama, and former faculty member at the Juilliard School.  He has received numerous awards and grants including: a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant, a General Mills Foundation Artist Assistance Grant, and both a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant and a Career Opportunity Grant. He is a 1999/2000 Fox Fellow.

He was part of the creative team for the Broadway and Touring productions of The 39 Steps, for which he created additional movement and served as Movement Director. He also created the Movement/Choreography for John Guare’s Three Kinds of Exile at The Atlantic Theater.

He has taught classes and workshops internationally at Cirque Du Soleil, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Big Apple Circus, Interlochen Arts Center, Vassar College, Stella Adler Conservatory, Bard College, Fordham University, University of Texas Graduate Acting and Directing Programs, National Shakespeare Conservatory, University of Minnesota Graduate Acting Program, the Guthrie Theater, Iowa State University, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune.