2015 Upcoming Classes:

Clown for the Actor: See, Believe, Play
A workshop taught by Matt Chapman and produced by foolsFURY Theater Company.
The milieu of the Clown is failure, but the mode of the Clown is delight. The Clown is funny.

Join us for a weekend of transformative immersion into the world and play of the Clown: the eccentric character, the most real thing on the stage. In three short intensive sessions, we will investigate what it means to be truly present on stage and to fully submit to what is, by courageously jumping into the abyss headfirst!

We will explore comic rhythms, responsiveness, availability, the space of the stage, physicality, partnering skills, the mask of the Clown, and much more, driving towards a personal awareness in each student of the nature of their own sense of comic play and weirdness.

This course is specifically designed for actors who wish to greater develop their vulnerability and sensitivity to the truth of the moment onstage. Clown training is an indispensable tool for actors to come to know themselves and the space of the stage more intimately. The Clown requires a commitment, ferocity, and honesty which can propel actors into profoundly new places in their work.

No previous clown experience necessary. Suitable for professional actors, improvisors, movers, teachers, public speakers and anyone curious to discover their Clown. Bring a water bottle and snack, come dressed to move and ready to laugh.


Fri December 4th: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Sat December 5th: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Sun December 6th: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Matt Chapman is a performer, director, and teacher of physical theatre and clown. He is co-artistic director and co-founder of Under the Table, working as a performer or director on each of the company’s shows since its founding in 2001. FoolsFURY has presented Under the Table four times in San Francisco, including three appearances in FURY Factory, the most recent of which was The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. After three years on Faculty at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Matt has relocated to live and work in Oakland, CA. He has taught clown at Marymount Manhattan College and Manhattanville College in New York, and has taught workshops and classes at such places as the Kennedy Center, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, NYU, ODC Dance Commons, American Conservatory Theatre (SF), WildWind Performance Lab, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, Towson, Alfred University, Iowa State, and the Universities of Kansas, Iowa, and North Dakota. Matt works abroad regularly as well; his workshops and performances have included South Africa, Denmark, Colombia, Canada, and England, and frequent workshops in the Netherlands; he also teaches annually in Mexico City at the Festival Internacional de Teatro Universitario. He is a graduate of Dell’Arte International and the University of Kansas. Matt is a recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Future Leaders program, and plays guitar in the Oakland punk band The Big Forgive.