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Idiot Workshop with John Gilkey Day 3

The Intelligent man has become a perfectly normal type. What we need, what offers some interest, what is rare because it has the anomalies of a precious being, the freshness and the freedom of the great anti-men, is THE IDIOT. - Tristan Tzara


The Idiot Workshop is an LA based training program for artists of all kinds who seek to discover new creative territory. The Ideology of the Idiot has its roots in contemporary theatrical clown,  improv and the trickster archetype.

- WHY THE IDIOT? -

The Idiot is fearless and loves to make mistakes.

We ask our students to make bold choices that might otherwise be seen as foolish but, in a nurturing and creative environment, are embraced as the necessary first steps into the unknown where rich discoveries can be made.

- WHO IS THE IDIOT? - 

The Idiot is You

We encourage you to uncover your most playful, ridiculous self - to find your individual Idiot voice and play the the game of you. 

- WHAT CAN I EXPECT? -

The Idiot gives permission to find meaning in nonsense, and that nonsense is often the place where sense begins, and opens the door to an untethered expression.

We create a safe, fun environment full of creative exploration through exercises that are improvisational in nature. We work in groups, pairs and sometimes one on one with an instructor. We are often an audience for each other. And we want nothing more than to make each other laugh. Together we dive into an illogical, absurd place of movement, speech, presence, and play where your creative self is available, visible, and totally at stake.

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The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.