3/5ths Deanna (Naked Comedy + Clown Soap Opera)

3/5ths Deanna (Naked Comedy + Clown Soap Opera)

300.00 400.00

Naked Comedy + Clown Soap Opera!

Sunday October 13 - Tuesday October 15, 10am-5pm each day
Clown Soap Opera Showcase on Tuesday October 15, 8pm-9:30pm

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Sunday October 13 - Tuesday October 15, 10am-5pm each day
Clown Soap Opera Showcase on Tuesday October 15, 8pm-9:30pm



Be more than funny. Be loved. 

Naked Comedy will demand your heart, your guts, and all your fluids. We will see how funny you can be without thinking or trying. We will learn about your unique connection to the audience. We will see the bravery required for you to really be vulnerable. We will witness the gratification that comes with letting go. Expose yourself (metaphorically speaking) and make people laugh.

In this 2-day intensive, expect the following!

  • A deeper connection to and understanding of your audience.

  • Personalized feedback (and plenty of it).

  • Discovery and exploration of your "sweet spots": unique ways that you move/be (emotional/physical states) that your audience especially enjoys.

  • More understanding of what "stage magnetism" means for you, and how to really harness your performative power. 

  • The beginnings of new characters and sketches. 

  • More wildness, more bravery, more vulnerability.

  • Interpretive Dance. 

  • Laughing a lot. 

This workshop is ideal for improvisers, clowns/bouffons, stand-up comedians, actors, and anyone who wants to be more magnetic, funny or comfortable in front of others than they currently are. 



This intensive combines elements of melodrama with clown sensibility. How does the clown approach "serious acting"? We will find and hone the two levels of clown melodrama: the skill of "being a great melodramatic actor" and the reality of being a clown trying to make deep art with other clowns. What problems arise for the clown attempting deep art? In what ways does the clown succeed and fail at creating deep art? And how are both those successes and those failures funny?

 In this workshop, expect the following:

  • Play and exploration of the Melodramatic Acting body: honing bold physical choices, creating exciting stage pictures

  • Two-level storytelling: What does it mean to tell two stories at once—both the "plot" of the melodrama and the unfolding relationship of the clowns to the material and to each other?

  • Scripting for Clown: how to talk funny and sidestep the pesky brain.

  • Story templates that can be used for improvisation, ensemble building and performance.

  • Personalized feedback about your melodramatic "sweet spots", exploration of your particular brand of melodrama.

About Deanna Fleysher

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Deanna Fleysher is an American immersive comedy artist, teacher and director. Inspired by clown, bouffon, improv, physical theater and gender play, she cultivates comedy that is interactive, magnetic and brave. She currently tours with her award-winning drag solo show BUTT KAPINSKI.  The Naked Comedy Lab, Deanna's workshop series, sells out all over the English-speaking world. For more info, visit www.buttkapinski.com, and please check out her artist blog at nakedcomedy.blogspot.com.

Cancellation Policy

If, with at least one week's notice, you need to cancel your registration for any reason, please note that Sweet Action Theatre Company will retain $100 of your original purchase as a non-refundable deposit. Cancellations made less than one week before the first day of the intensive will not be refunded.


Sweet Action Theatre
180 Shaw St, Unit 106
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 2W5