My most memorable trainings were with; The Obie/Bessie awarding winning saint, a beloved and fierce artist, the late Laurie Carlos. My current teacher, the masterful fool Giovanni Fusetti. To my experience at the 2005 International Festival of All Women Clowns (Festival Internacional de Pallasses d'Andorra) in Andorra, Europe. There I was one out of 60 clowns selected to perform/train for one week in Andorra with all accommodations provided. I also have a background in Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and hold a Bachelors Degree in the Arts & Sciences with a certification in Occupational Therapy since 1999. 

TRAINING

2017 MUSHIMARU FUJIEDA, Natural Physical Poetry, Butoh Workshop, one day, Water in the Desert Theater, Portland, OR

2017 TRACY BROYLES, Altars of Reconciliation somatic workshop, one evening, The Tiny Theater, Portland, OR

2017 MIZU DESIERTO, Harvest Rituals workshop of Butoh, contemplative dance and physical theatre, one day, Water in the Desert Theater, Portland, OR

2017 LIZ BARON, Voice Training, private one/on/one 1/2 day session, Santa Cruz, CA

2017 GIOVANNI FUSETTI, Greenhouse of Fools Summer Residency, The Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, ME

2017, GIOVANNI FUSETTI, Dreambody Theater Spring Seminar; Clowns & Characters, Process Works Institute, Portland, OR

2017, KEITH HENNESSY,  1/2 day workshop on 'Practicing Death & Dying' Portland, OR

2016, DELL'ARTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, Physical Theater Summer Intensive, Blue Lake, CA

2016, DREAMBODY, Amy and Arnold Mindell, winter series, Process Works Institute, Portland, OR

2015, GIOVANNI FUSETTTI, Red Noses, 4 week intensive Clown Training, Boulder, CO

2015, RADICAL PRESENCE, Series taught by Anet Ris-Kelman, Portland, OR

2015, GIOVANNI FUSETTI, Neutral Mask, 3 Day Workshop, Portland, OR

2015, STUMPTOWN CLOWN COLLECTIVE, Playlab Series, Portland, OR

2015, FLOCK, Exquisite Corpus Experimental, Linda Austin Dance, Portland, OR

2012, ROBERT POST, Directed week long ensemble residency at The Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, ME

2011, ROBERT POST, Directed week long ensemble residency at The Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, ME

2011, PIG IRON THEATER COMPANY, Physical Theatre, winter intensive, Philadelphia, PA

2009, ROBERT POST, Directed week long ensemble residency at The Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, ME

2007, LAURIE CARLOS, (Bessie/OBIE recipient), 'THE BONES OF YOUR EXPERIENCE', one week immersion, The Celebration Barn Theater, South, Paris, ME

2006, LAURIE CARLOS, (Bessie/OBIE recipient), What do you know? 3 day workshop, hosted by The Celebration Barn Theater, held in Portland, ME

2005, GARDI HUTTER, Clown Training, one week, Festival Internacional de Pallasses d'Andorra, Andorra, Europe

2002, AVNER EISENBERG & the late JULIE GOELL, ECCENTRIC CLOWNING10 day intensive, The Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, ME

laurie carlos

The eternal, Laurie Carlos

The eternal, Laurie Carlos

Laurie Carlos (January 25, 1949 – December 29, 2016) was one of the American theatre’s most provocative and distinguished writers, actresses, directors, choreographers, and playwright since the 1970s. Her works are described as biting examinations on social, gender, and race-related issues and ruminations of what it means to be an African American woman. She was also known for her work mentoring emerging artists in the theater.

"In an instant Laurie knew your fears, your hurts, your dreams. And because she knew that the only thing that could save any of us, is for us to break ourselves wide open/to stand strongly in that—to be witnessed making choices from that place . . . to make art from that/there . . . to never rest in the comfort of what feels comfortable  . . . she’d do the kindest, most humane thing—she’d go in.  She’d help us get to and work from that place. Not everyone was ready. Those of us that were Blessed enough to have been in the room and to have had something in us say yes to that work . . .  well/really—she saved us. And I believe that that was exactly Laurie’s intention. To save us. From mediocrity. From ego. From laziness. From half-realized art making. From being paralyzed by fear. Laurie wanted to help us Shine fully. In our artistry. In our Lives." - Sharon Bridgforth

She won an Obie Award for originating the role of “Lady in Blue” in Ntozake Shange’s landmark choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” — a rite-of-passage work for legions of young people finding their voices.Carlos also earned two Bessies, the dance world’s highest honor. Her first was in 1989 for her fierce performance in “Heat,” a collaboration between the New York troupe Urban Bush Women and Carlos’ performance ensemble Thought Music. She earned another in 1993 for “White Chocolate for My Father,” a piece about historical distortions and disfiguring stereotypes. Those honors solidified her position in New York’s downtown avant-garde scene, making her a major-domo on the margins. But her biggest legacy is as mentor, guide and spiritual sage to artists across the country. 

 

'The Bones of Your Experience' - The Celebration Barn Theater - Me on far left, Laurie on far right. 2007

'The Bones of Your Experience' - The Celebration Barn Theater - Me on far left, Laurie on far right. 2007

red nose training in giovanni fusetti's 4 week intensive in boulder, colorado 2015 

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