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Stage Internazionale di Commedia Dell’Arte & Scuola Dell’Attore Comico, Italy
2005: Professional Training Program in Northern Commedia Dell’Arte, Southern
Commedia Dell’Arte, Opera Regia, Poetic Commedia, Stereopantomime, Variety
and Cabaret, as well as leather mask-making. Antonio Fava, Master Instructor.
Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Blue Lake, California
1976-1977: Professional Training Program in Commedia Dell’Arte, Lecoq Clown,
Decroux Metaphysical Mime, Dance and the Alexander Technique.
Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Joan Shirle and John Paul Cook, Master Instructors.
Neighborhood Playhouse School of Acting, New York, New York
1970-1971: Professional Actor Training Program, Sanford Meisner, Instructor.
Kent Sate University, Kent, Ohio
1969-1970: Graduate work in theatre.
John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
1968: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre and Communications.
A Masters Equivalency with both the California State University and the California Community
College systems, based on over thirty-eight years of teaching theatre on all educational levels,
and forty-five years as a professional performer.
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2007 – Present: Visiting Professor in the Theatre Arts Department (Commedia & Clown)
Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2009- Present: Visiting Professor in the MFA Theatre Arts Department (Commedia & Clown)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California
2006 – Present: Guest Lecturer in Liberal Studies Department, and Instructor in the Theatre
and Dance Department.
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California
2003 – 2007: Instructor of Theatre Movement (Lecoq, Commedia and Clown)
Alan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California
2001, 2002: Instructor of Acting.
Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Alan Hancock College
1989, 2000: Second Year Theatre Movement (Lecoq, Commedia & Clown)
2002 – Present: Master Workshops in Commedia Dell’Arte.
Experimental College, University of Washington, Seattle
1982-1986: Instructor of European Clowning.
Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
1980-1982: Instructor of Beginning and Advanced European Clowning.
College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California
1980-1982: Instructor of Clown, Improvisation and Musical Theatre.
Commedia Dell’Arte and Clown Residencies and Master Classes
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
University of California San Diego, San Diego, California
University of San Diego, San Diego, California
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
Emory & Henry College, Emery Virginia
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
University of Washington, Seattle Washington
Amsterdam School of the Arts, The Netherlands
Selected Secondary and Middle School Commedia and Clown Seminars
La Jolla Country Day School, San Diego, California
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez, California
Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, California
Templeton High School, Templeton, California
Mission College Prep, San Luis Obispo, California
San Diego High School of the Performing Arts, San Diego, California
Coronado High School of the Performing Arts, Coronado, California
Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Akron, Ohio
Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts, San Diego, California
Additional Teaching Experience
Fern Street Circus, San Diego, California
1992– 2002: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills.
San Diego Junior Theatre
1993–1994: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills.
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California
1992 & 1993: Instructor for Play Guides in the Schools Program.
La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California
1988 & 1989: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills, “Young Performer’s Workshop.”
Seattle Children’s Theatre
1977-1979: Circus workshops at Primary, Middle School and High School levels.
Connecticut State School System
1974-1975: Performance workshops statewide with the Hartford Stage Company.
The Poetic Justice Project, Santa Maria, California
2014 – Present: Stage Director and Commedia Dell’Arte Instructor for an acting company
composed of formerly incarcerated men and women. The troupe’s mission is to create
original theatre which examines crime, punishment and redemption. “Inside /// Out” is the
company’s first Slapstick, Masked Commedia Dell’Arte production.
The Satiricals, Santa Maria, California
2004 – 2009: Founder, Producer, Writer and Director of an issues-oriented,
satirical musical comedy company producing shows on the Central Coast of California.
Fern Street Circus, San Diego, California
1992, 1998, 1999, 2000: Stage Director and Clown Instructor.
Seattle’s New World Commedia
1983 – 1984: Founder and Artistic Director of an issues-oriented, improvisational
company, performing in the masked characters of the Italian Commedia Dell’Arte.
The Sweet Georgia Brown Clowns, Arcata California
1982: Director of a 12-clown touring circus. (I created this circus with the students
of my Advanced Clowning class at Humboldt State University, who booked and
managed a spring tour of Humboldt County schools.)
College of the Redwoods, Eureka California
1980, 1981: Director (The Robber Bridegroom and The Old Lady Shows Her Medals.)
Kit-n-Kaboodle Clown Circus, Arcata, California
1977 – 1980: Founder and Co-Artistic Director of, and performer with, this touring
company of clowns, acrobats, and jugglers that did over 300 shows and gave over
100 workshops at west coast schools and universities including University of
Portland, Seattle University, Washington State University, College of Idaho and
Loyola Marymount College, Los Angeles.
S.A.G. / Equity
Actor / Singer / Dancer / Clown
|Hot Pursuit||Tony Salvato||NBC|
|The Heist||Paul Daniels||HBO|
|Three Penny Opera||Tiger Brown, Old Whore||Sam Woodhouse||San Diego Rep|
|Scrooge||Marley, Present, Future||Jack Shouse||PCPA Theaterfest|
|Dixie Highway||Carl||Will Roberson||Gaslamp Theatre|
|The Cradle Will Rock||Editor Daily||Robert Benedetti||San Diego Rep|
|The Ghost & Mrs. Muir||Captain Gregg||Jack Shouse||PCPA Theaterfest|
|Girl Crazy||Butch||Daniel Sullivan||Seattle Rep|
|Gypsy||Herbie||Jack Shouse||PCPA Theaterfest|
|Working||Anthony, Fireman||Jane Hill||Redwood Forum Theatre|
|Archy & Mehitabel||archy||Roy Haller||Pacific Arts Center|
|Three Penny Opera||Street Singer||John Going||Barter Theatre|
|Cyrano||Renaudot||Michael Kidd||The Palace, NYC|
|Two Gentlemen of Verona||Mercatio||Mel Shapiro||N.Y. Shakespeare Festival|
|Who Am I?||King/Prince||Beatrice Straight||Brooklyn Academy Theatre|
|Young Abe Lincoln||Abe Lincoln||Jay Harnick||Brooklyn Academy Theatre|
|Taming of the Shrew||Baptista||Mark Booher||PCPA Theaterfest|
|Billy Bishop||Billy||Jonathan Daly||PCPA Theaterfest|
|Marriage of Bette & Boo||Paul||Walter Schoen||San Diego Rep|
|Much Ado About Nothing||Balthazar||Andrew Shay||Santa Fe Rep|
|Passion Play||Jim||Douglas Hughes||Seattle Rep|
|Mandrake & The Wedding||Siro & Friend||Daniel Sullivan||Seattle Rep|
|Filumena||Domenico Sorriano||Richard Edwards||Tacoma Actors Guild|
|Richard III||Buckingham||David Herman||Humboldt State University|
|Anne Frank: Witness||Adolf Hitler||Irene Lewis||Hartford Stage Co.|
|Spoon River||Ensemble||Paul Weidner||Hartford Stage Co.|
|Broadway||Dan McCorn||Charles Maryan||Barter Theatre|
|Hernani||Hernani||Albert Takazauckas||The Open Eye, NYC|
|Troilus & Cressida||Troilus||Albert Takazauckas||The Open Eye, NYC|
|Volpone||Nano||Lawrence Carra||Great Lakes Theatre Festival|
Clown, Pantomime, Juggling and Commedia Dell ‘Arte.
Irish, English, Scottish, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Russian, East European, and American Regional Dialects.
Sanford Meisner & Bill Esper
Donny Osman, Avner Eisenberg
Suzanne France, Elizabeth Howell, Peggy Norcross
Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Joan Shirle
Clive Thompson & Audrey Cook, Antonio Fava & Giovanni Fusetti