January 2015, I’m teaching at Pig Iron Theatre in Philadelphia

Pig Iron Presents

Bouffon Physical Performance Workshop
with Toronto’s Adam Lazarus

Join us for a weekend intensive Bouffon workshop with Toronto’s award-winning Adam Lazarus. Take the plunge into a world of hypocrisy, razor-sharp mockery, physical precision and the satirical world of the bouffon.

This workshop is designed for both professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre, this weekend course will challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions.  The workshop aims to help actors find the pleasure of being present and the utter joys in mocking the sacred and critiquing the people and institutions who have power and influence and who set the rules for how society should function.

The bouffons travel in gangs and emerge out of the ghettos and swamps to look at and confront the mainstream world, to poke it and to unveil hypocrisy in all its forms.  A study of the bouffon ideally leads toward play, hilarity and incendiary critiques. It is with the performer’s pleasure to move, to sing, to cry and to dance, that the audience is drawn in and the performer’s beauty is pushed out. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to play and mock social deceptions while simultaneously making audiences love you.

Bouffon creation techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, especially those with a wicked sense of humor. Adam Lazarus is an award-winning actor, director and acting instructor.  He regularly teaches at Canada’s National Theatre School as well as the University of Toronto.  He was a former apprentice to Philippe Gaulier with whom he also studied.  Adam is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.



Friday, January 16 7-10pm

Saturday, January 17, 2015 10am-5pm (with one hour lunch break)
Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 10am-5pm (with one hour lunch break)


Pig Iron Theatre School of Advanced Performance Training
The Crane Old School

1417 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA


$175.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a spot.

A limited number of spaces are available. Register now.