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Intro to Eccentric Performing

with Avner Eisenberg

August 20, 2018 - August 25, 2018

$700 (5 Days)

Eccentric Performing is one of the most personal and paradoxical of theater forms: It can be ingenious or dim-witted, skillful or blundering. It can have a sharp verbal wit or be completely silent. It can be extremely silly while pointing out the failure of society. Above all Eccentric Performing is funny! 

This week-long introduction to the world of Eccentric Performing is open to performers of all experience levels. Avner will teach classes and be available for one-on-one coaching.

What you will learn in Intro to Eccentric Performing:

– Creating and maintaining rapport with any audience
– Using breath to increase your comfort on stage, and to heighten the emotional impact of your performance
– Using problem solving to create comedy out of ordinary activities
– Applying Lecoq training to clowning
– Turning any audience volunteer into an exceptional volunteer
– And much more

photo credit: Zev Eisenberg
photo credit: Zev Eisenberg
“As a full-time entertainer for the past 15 years on cruise ships, I was blown away by the invaluable training I received from Avner. Avner has an incredible wealth of information, wisdom, experience, and he effectively teaches with great enthusiasm and an admirable tenderheartedness.” Dana Tison, Professional Juggler

International Students

Most students who apply for visas or funding select the following housing, meal plan, and bedding options:
Tuition (before May 1): $650
Standard housing (double-occupancy): $250
Bedding rental: $30
Meal plan (lunch and dinner on class days): $160
Transportation from Portland, Maine to Celebration Barn Theater: Free
Total Cost: $1,090
To ask questions or obtain a letter of invitation to secure your visa, please email Ian.

Avner and his wife, JULIE GOELL have taught Eccentric Performing at the Barn for over 25 years. Check out Julie’s book, Life in a Clown House: A Manual and a Memoir at www.clown-house.com.

AVNER EISENBERG was described by New York Magazine as "a clown for the thinking man." His show Avner the Eccentric was a hit of the 1984 - 1985 Broadway season. He appeared again on Broadway in Ghetto and The Comedy of Errors. Avner is widely known for his scene-stealing portrayal... read more | visit Avner Eisenberg's website

Register by May 1st and receive a $50 discount. A 10% discount is also available to individuals registering for more than one workshop or for group registrations from the same immediate family or performing ensemble. See the registration form for details.
NOTE: There are no earlybird, ensemble, or group discounts for retreats.

Arrival: between 3 PM and 6 PM on Monday
Departure: before 10 AM on Sunday

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