Clown Soap Opera with Deanna Fleysher

Clown Soap Opera with Deanna Fleysher

125.00 175.00


A 1-day intensive in ridiculous Melodrama

Tuesday October 15, 10am-5pm
Clown Soap Opera showcase: Tuesday October 15, 8pm-9:30pm

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Tuesday October 15, 10am-5pm
Clown Soap Opera Showcase: Tuesday October 15, 8pm-9:30pm


A 1-day intensive in ridiculous Melodrama

Prerequisite: Previous workshop experience with Deanna required. Those taking the 2-day Naked Comedy intensive, the Drag Comedy intensive, or previous classes with Deanna are welcome. 

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

DEANNA FLEYSHER is an American immersive comedy artist, teacher and director. Inspired by clown, bouffon, improv, physical theater and role play, she cultivates comedy that is interactive, magnetic and brave. She currently tours with her award-winning solo show BUTT KAPINSKI, and her new interactive game CHEATED! The Naked Comedy Lab, Deanna's workshop series, sells out all over the English-speaking world. For more info, visit, and please check out her artist blog at

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
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