In this episode, Budi speaks with Master Clown 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. 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 at the Juilliard School; for New York University’s Graduate Acting Program; NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing, and Fordham University. 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 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 Soleil, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Big Apple Circus, 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 Theatre de la Jeune Lune.
He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard Drama School, the Actor’s Center (founding faculty and master teacher of physical comedy/clown), David Geffen School of Drama, the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, the Academy of Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and 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. He is currently a Professor Adjunct and Head of Physical Acting at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University
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