About the class

Intro to Theatrical Clowning is a physical comedy workshop geared towards actors and improvisers looking to add more joy, play, and pleasure to their performances as well as those who have never stepped on stage before looking to add more joy, play, and pleasure into their lives! This program develops the courageous embodiment of the authentic self in a safe space.

As children, we fully embody what it means to truly play. We play to understand how society works and how we fit into it, revealing our desires, expressing our truth, and testing our boundaries all in good fun. As we grow up, we lose this sense of curiosity and discovery, learning that expressing our whole self unapologetically is not always accepted by society and therefore, a rebellious act, and we shut it down.

Clown invites this rebellion in a safe space, allowing ourselves to fiercely step into our courage with full enthusiasm, vulnerably sharing our whole selves with each other. We take the driver’s seat, reprograming ourselves to feel 100% embodied, fearlessly expressing our authenticity in our lives as adults. We are more likely to take healthy risks which allows us to live the life we desire more fully. The result? Deep healing, connection, conscious understanding of the limiting beliefs holding us back, re-gained love for ourselves, and re-inspired confidence.

Concluding this workshop, participants will be given ‘homework’, small rituals they can perform on a regular basis to keep joy, play, and pleasure alive in their lives.

Ilyssa Baine

As a part of clowning duo Kate&Ilyssa, Ilyssa performs clown on a regular basis and has a rotating residency at The Peoples Improv Theater in NY, NY.  Kate&Ilyssa will be making their international debut at the Prague and Brighton Fringe Festivals this Spring! Ilyssa has also performed solo clown material in the Peoples Improv Theater Solocom Festival this past Fall.  She studied clown and games with Philippe Gaulier in France this July, and it was such an inspiration for teaching. Prior to that, Ilyssa studied clown with Chris Bayes and multiple former apprentices: Carter Gill, Zachary Michael Fine, Lucas Caleb Rooney, as well as Virginia Scott, Aitor Basauri, Daniel Passer, Caroline Dream, Rene Bazinet and Pochinko Clown with John Turner.

Ilyssa has experience teaching early childhood, childhood and secondary education, and music education in public schools on Long Island and NYC as well as theatre and dance to children and young adults. Ilyssa as recently completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher certification this January at Lighthouse Yoga School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and will be participating in Christopher Bayes’ (head of physical acting at Yale School of Drama) Funny School of Good Acting Teacher Training Summer Program during June 2019.