Christopher Bayes

Christopher Bayes began his theater career with the internationally acclaimed Theatre de la Jeune Lune where he worked for five years as an actor, director, composer, designer and artistic associate. In 1989 he joined the acting company of the Guthrie Theater where he appeared in over twenty productions. His roles included Caliban in The Tempest, Edgar in King Lear, The Herald inMarat/Sade and Harlequin in Triumph of Love. In 1993, commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, he produced his one-man show This Ridiculous Dreaming based on Heinrich Boll’s novel The Clown.

In New York, he has directed Red Noses by Peter Barnes, Four by Feydeau, The Bourgeois Gentleman, The Moliere One Acts, and The Love of Three Oranges by Carlo Gozzi at the Juilliard School; The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere, The New Place by Carlo Goldoni, We Won’t Pay...by Dario Fo, and his new adaptation of Moliere’s The Reluctant Doctor of Love for New York University’s Graduate Acting Program; The Raven by Carlo Gozzi at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing; Ubu Roi at both NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing and Fordham University; and Timeslips at HERE.

Additionally, he has staged several original works including Wreckage at P.S. 122, The Big Day (a clown show)and The Fiasco Bro. Circus at the Juilliard School, Zibaldoné at HERE and the Present Company Theatorium,The Fools/Los Locos Del Pueblo at Touchstone Theater, Necromance, A Night of Conjuration at Dixon Place,Clowns. at the New York International Clown Festival and The Public Theater and Even Maybe Tammy at The Flea.

Outside of New York, his directing credits include Servant of Two Master(Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theater, Guthrie Theater, Arts-Emerson and Seattle Rep) Doctor In Spite of Himself( Intiman Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep) Accidental Death of an Anarchist( Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep), co-production of Scapin at the Intiman Theater in Seattle and Court Theater in Chicago, Comedy of Errors at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Len Jenkin’s new adaptation of The Birds at Yale Repertory Theater, Endgame at Court Theater, The Moliere Impromptu at Trinity Repertory Theater.

He was part of the creative team for the Broadway and Touring productions of THE 39 STEPS for which he created additional movement and served as Movement Director. He also created the Movement/Choreography for John Guare's Three Kinds of Exile at The Atlantic Theater.

 

He has received numerous awards and grants including a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant, a General Mills Foundation Artist Assistance Grant, and both a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant and a Career Opportunity Grant. He is a 1999/2000 Fox Fellow.

He has taught classes and workshops internationally at Cirque Du Soliel, Williamstown Theatre Festival, , the Big Apple Circus, Interlochen Arts Center, Vassar College, Stella Adler Conservatory, Bard College, Fordham University, University of Texas Graduate Acting and Directing Programs, National Shakespeare Conservatory, University of Minnesota Graduate Acting Program, the Guthrie Theater, Iowa State University and Theater de la Jeune Lune.

He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard Drama School, the Actor's Center (founding faculty & master teacher of physical comedy/clown), Yale School of Drama, the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, the Academy of Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C., New York University's Graduate Acting Program and Tisch School of the Arts. His most recent position was that of Clinical Professor of Theater, Speech and Dance at Brown University and Director of Movement and Physical Theater at the Brown/Trinity Consortium in Providence, RI. In 2006, however, he threw caution to the wind, packed up his family and all of his nonsense and headed back to New York City. He is currently Professor and Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama.

Virginia Scott

Gabriel Levey

Gabriel Levey is an actor, teacher and theatre maker based in Brooklyn NYC. After receiving an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama, Gabriel continued to work with his mentor Christopher Bayes as a teacher trainee in Clown and Commedia. Over the past 9 years Gabe has collaborated with Chris in a number of capacities: student; teacher trainee; Understudy  - A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Yale Repertory Theatre); Devisor/Performer This F*cking Commedia Project (Yale School of Drama); Assistant Director - The Servant of Two Masters (Theatre for a New Audience); and as a performer in ongoing workshops of Ruzante (Theatre for a New Audience). As a theatre maker original work includes the clown duet Dwellicle 109 (IRT); the solo show Brainsongs, or the play about the dinosaur farm (Yale Cabaret); an ensemble piece And now we do LINDBERGH’S FLIGHT by Bertolt Brecht (Yale Cabaret); The Most Beautiful Thing in the World (Yale Cabaret/Boston University/Cloudcity); and How to Help the Self Needs Help, with Carol A. Jantsen (The Peoples Improv Theater).  Other recent acting credits include Br’er Rabbit/Capt. Ratts in An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience).  As a faculty member of The Funny School of Good Acting, Gabe teaches Acting as Play – a hybrid Clown and scene study class - every Sunday night, and Shakespeare Clown at NYU Tisch. Additional teaching experience includes multiple Clown workshops with company members from Gallim Dance, a semester of Commedia and a semester of Chekhov at PPAS (The Professional Performing Arts High School), Scene Study and Games at the Yale Summer Acting Conservatory, and Games and Improv at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. www.gabriellevey.com.

Justine Williams

Justine Williams is an actor-creator and educator, working in contemporary performance. She holds a BA in Theater from Brown University and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from CUNY/Brooklyn College. As a performer, Justine has appeared at the Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, NYTW, and Ars Nova, among other stages, and she has collaborated with numerous artists and companies dedicated to contemporary and devised performance. Film work as writer, director and/or actor has appeared at MOMA’s New Directors/New Films Festival, Slamdance, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Maryland Film Festival, among many others. Multi-media performance work has appeared at Sfumato Theater in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania, The Queens Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Rubin Museum, The Orchard Project, Gallim Dance Space, Dixon Place and the Leslie-Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art. Justine is on faculty at the Yale School of Drama where she teaches a course Play, and she has taught at Pace University, CalArts, NYU, Movement Theater Studio, and The Studio/NYC. Justine was a 2016 Queer/Arts/Mentorship fellow in Performance, and she is currently an artist-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center.

Virginia Scott is a co-founder of The Funny School of Good Acting and the director of the Commedia Company. She is a director/devisor/teacher of physical theater. She teaches (or has taught) Clown, Commedia, Le Jeu, Bouffon, Melodrama, physical acting, and all that kind of wiggling it around at schools in NYC such as The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, Movement Theatre Studio, The Michael Howard Studio, Stella Adler Studio and CAP 21, in Los Angeles at USC (MFA), The Idiot Workshops, The Clown School, Art of Acting and Berg Studios and internationally at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU: International Theatre Workshop in Amsterdam. In LA she recently created an original commedia performance in concert with a full orchestra (kinda weird but super fun!) for Symphony in the Glen at the Griffith Park stage, another commedia show for the Fowler museum at UCLA and an original clown show, Sapo Concionero, at the Hollywood Fringe. The Bouffon troupe, Les Enfants Maudit, she founded continue to take on power and shake things up around Los Angeles.

Additional shows Virginia has directed and/or devised have appeared in New York at The Irish Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova Mainstage, 59E59, The Zipper Theatre, UCB, The PIT, The Algonquin Theatre, The Broadway Comedy Club, The Barrow Group Theatre, Chasama’s Palace of Variety, The New York Fringe Festival and the International Clown Festival; regionally at The US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Theatre at Monmouth in Maine, The Comedy Central Theatre and UCB LA in Los Angeles, The Dell’Arte School in Blue Lake, CA, and internationally at The Guilded Balloon in Edinburgh, The Centaur Theatre in Montreal and the Grahamstown International Festival in South Africa.

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