(November 2018) Free The Show From The Rock

(November 2018) Free The Show From The Rock


developing solo and small group comedy
with Deanna Fleysher

Tuesday November 13: 9:30am-3:30pm
Wednesday November 14: 9:30am-3:30pm

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Register by October 20th: $250 (coupon code D699CPW)
Register after October 20th: $325

8 total spaces, each space may be filled with a solo, duo or trio act (one price applies regardless of number of participants in the act)

Additional $25 off if one member of the group signs up for the Naked Comedy Workshop


Auguste Rodin used to say that all he did to sculpt was "free the statue from the rock." Ha ha ha, that's all?! Of course there's a lot more to it than that. We have to make sure that the performer is already in a "sweet spot", a zone that that specific performer is especially suited to. We have to build the dramaturgy of a given piece, ensuring that it has flow, arc and a satisfying journey. And we have to chip away at the non-essentials until we really get at the brilliant core of the thing. 

In this two-day intensive, we will work on building specific material, and we will develop strategies for continuing to create and dramaturg work on our own. 

This class is limited to only 8 participants or small groups to allow for loads of personalized feedback and work time. Each group or participant will also have a short consultation with Deanna leading up to the workshop. 

Expect to:

  • Learn and re-enforce good frameworks and structures for performance pieces.

  • Create and/or hone short performance pieces, or the strong beginnings of a few pieces.

  • Develop more strategy for creating pieces on your own/ with collaborators.

  • Laugh, Use Index Cards, Laugh more

This workshop is ideal for solo or small performance groups who work in clown/bouffon/standup/sketch worlds, already have ideas and impulses about what they want to be doing, but need structure and outside direction to really get going and get their work to the next level.


DEANNA FLEYSHER is an American comedy artist, teacher and director. Inspired by clown, bouffon, improv and physical theater, she cultivates comedy that is interactive and brave. As well as touring her solo show and teaching workshops, she has directed and dramaturged many solo/duo shows including Manful (AU), Hard Mode (UK), Red Bastard, Hot Dogs!, Prolonged Eye Contact, Windy Wynazz: The Great Windini (all US). For more info on Deanna, visit www.buttkapinski.com, and please check out her blog at nakedcomedy.blogspot.com.


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.


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