Now Playing – Week of September 5, 2016

Canada

British Columbia

Dustin Allen (PTP 2014), Jared Mongeau (PTP 2014, MFA 2016), Brittny Rebhuhn (PTP 2014), Patrick Stagaman (PTP 2014), and Linus Wiberg (PTP 2014) created and perform in In The Trenches: A Double Feature, presented by That Dog Was A Band Now as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playing September 8-18 at False Creek Gym (1318 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC). For more information, visit vancouverfringe.com.

Anthony Arnista (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Jacob Trillo (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and perform in Perpetual Wednesday, presented by White Collar Crimes as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playing September 8-18 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC). For more information, visit vancouverfringe.com.

Amelia Van Brunt (PTP 2011) created and performs in In the Blue of Evening, presented by Bad, Bad Bunny as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playing September 9-17 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC). For more information, visit vancouverfringe.com.

Emily June Newton (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and performs in Frank: To Be Frank, presented by Emily June Newton as part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playing September 9-17 at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC). For more information, visit vancouverfringe.com.

USA

Colorado

Tim Wilkinson (PTP 2015) performs in Handsome Little Devils’ Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. Playing May 27-September 5 at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park (2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO). For more information, call (303) 595-4386, or visit elitchgardens.com or handsomelittledevils.com.


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Now Playing – Week of August 29, 2016

Canada

British Columbia

Dustin Allen (PTP 2014), Jared Mongeau (PTP 2014, MFA 2016), Brittny Rebhuhn (PTP 2014), Patrick Stagaman (PTP 2014), and Linus Wiberg (PTP 2014) created and perform in In The Trenches: A Double Feature, presented by That Dog Was A Band Now as part of Intrepid Theatre’s 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival. Playing August 25-September 4 at The Roxy Theatre (2657 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC). For more information, visit intrepidtheatre.com.

Anthony Arnista (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Jacob Trillo (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and perform in Perpetual Wednesday, presented by White Collar Crimes as part of Intrepid Theatre’s 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival. Playing August 25-September 1 at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street, Victoria, BC). For more information, visit intrepidtheatre.com.

USA

California

Ross Travis (PTP 2009) performs with Flynn Creek Circus’ summer tour. Playing September 1-4 next to Mendocino College (20300 Ocean View Drive, Fort Bragg, CA). For more information, visit flynncreekcircus.com.

Colorado

Tim Wilkinson (PTP 2015) performs in Handsome Little Devils’ Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. Playing May 27-September 5 at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park (2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO). For more information, call (303) 595-4386, or visit elitchgardens.com or handsomelittledevils.com.


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Now Playing – Week of August 22, 2016

Canada

British Columbia

Dustin Allen (PTP 2014), Jared Mongeau (PTP 2014, MFA 2016), Brittny Rebhuhn (PTP 2014), Patrick Stagaman (PTP 2014), and Linus Wiberg (PTP 2014) created and perform in In The Trenches: A Double Feature, presented by That Dog Was A Band Now as part of Intrepid Theatre’s 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival. Playing August 25-September 4 at The Roxy Theatre (2657 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC). For more information, visit intrepidtheatre.com.

Anthony Arnista (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Jacob Trillo (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and perform in Perpetual Wednesday, presented by White Collar Crimes as part of Intrepid Theatre’s 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival. Playing August 25-September 1 at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street, Victoria, BC). For more information, visit intrepidtheatre.com.

USA

California

Kit Fugrad (PTP 2013) performs in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, presented by Patio Playhouse. Playing August 12-27 at Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre (3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA). For more information, call (760) 746-6669 or visit patioplayhouse.com.

Ross Travis (PTP 2009) performs with Flynn Creek Circus’ summer tour. Playing August 25-28 at San Juan School (150 The Alameda, San Juan Bautista, CA). For more information, visit flynncreekcircus.com.

Colorado

Nick Trotter (PTP 2006, MFA 2009) created and performs in Ferdinand the Magnificent, presented by Ferdinand the Magnificent as part of the 2016 Boulder Fringe Festival. Playing August 17-28 at First United Methodist Church (1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO). For more information, visit boulderfringe.com.

Tim Wilkinson (PTP 2015) performs in Handsome Little Devils’ Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. Playing May 27-September 5 at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park (2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO). For more information, call (303) 595-4386, or visit elitchgardens.com or handsomelittledevils.com.

Minnesota

Tyler Olsen (PTP 2000) co-produced and Noah Bremer (PTP 2002) performs in The Big Lowdown, a collaboration between Bedlam Lowertown, Live Action Set, and Dangerous Productions. Playing August 24-28 at Bedlam Lowertown (213 East Fourth Street, Saint Paul, MN). For more information, visit bedlamtheatre.org.


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Now Playing – Week of August 15, 2016

Canada

Alberta

Dustin Allen (PTP 2014), Jared Mongeau (PTP 2014, MFA 2016), Brittny Rebhuhn (PTP 2014), Patrick Stagaman (PTP 2014), and Linus Wiberg (PTP 2014) created and perform in In The Trenches: A Double Feature, presented by That Dog Was A Band Now as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Playing August 12-20 at Westbury Theatre (10330 84 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB). For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca.

Anthony Arnista (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Jacob Trillo (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and perform in Perpetual Wednesday, presented by White Collar Crimes as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Playing August 12-20 at Backstage Theatre (10330 84 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB). For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca.

Janessa Johnsrude (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Allie Menzimer (PTP 2012, MFA 2014) created and perform in The Seminar with Madge and Taffy, presented by Glitter Gizzard as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Playing August 12-21 at Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard NW, Edmonton, AB). For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca or glittergizzardtheatre.com.

Jeff Desautels (PTP 2013), Laura Loy (PTP 2013), and Anna Sell (PTP 2013) perform in Mustache Party! The Dalí Show, presented by Box of Clowns as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Playing August 13-20 at Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard NW, Edmonton, AB). For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca or boxofclowns.com.

USA

California

Kit Fugrad (PTP 2013) performs in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, presented by Patio Playhouse. Playing August 12-27 at Kit Carson Park Amphitheatre (3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA). For more information, call (760) 746-6669 or visit patioplayhouse.com.

Ross Travis (PTP 2009) performs with Flynn Creek Circus’ summer tour. Playing August 18-21 at Keiser Community Park (700 Windsor River Road, Windsor, CA). For more information, visit flynncreekcircus.com.

Colorado

Nick Trotter (PTP 2006, MFA 2009) created and performs in Ferdinand the Magnificent, presented by Ferdinand the Magnificent as part of the 2016 Boulder Fringe Festival. Playing August 17-28 at First United Methodist Church (1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO). For more information, visit boulderfringe.com.

Tim Wilkinson (PTP 2015) performs in Handsome Little Devils’ Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. Playing May 27-September 5 at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park (2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO). For more information, call (303) 595-4386, or visit elitchgardens.com or handsomelittledevils.com.


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Now Playing – Week of August 8, 2016

Canada

Alberta

Dustin Allen (PTP 2014), Jared Mongeau (PTP 2014, MFA 2016), Brittny Rebhuhn (PTP 2014), Patrick Stagaman (PTP 2014), and Linus Wiberg (PTP 2014) created and perform in In The Trenches: A Double Feature, presented by That Dog Was A Band Now as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Playing August 12-20 at Westbury Theatre (10330 84 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB). For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca.

Anthony Arnista (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Jacob Trillo (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and perform in Perpetual Wednesday, presented by White Collar Crimes as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Playing August 12-20 at Backstage Theatre (10330 84 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB). For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca.

Janessa Johnsrude (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Allie Menzimer (PTP 2012, MFA 2014) created and perform in The Seminar with Madge and Taffy, presented by Glitter Gizzard as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Playing August 12-21 at Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard NW, Edmonton, AB). For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca or glittergizzardtheatre.com.

Jeff Desautels (PTP 2013), Laura Loy (PTP 2013), and Anna Sell (PTP 2013) perform in Mustache Party! The Dalí Show, presented by Box of Clowns as part of the 2016 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Playing August 13-20 at Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (8426 Gateway Boulevard NW, Edmonton, AB). For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca or boxofclowns.com.

USA

California

Ross Travis (PTP 2009) performs with Flynn Creek Circus’ summer tour. Playing August 11-14 at Newburg Park in Fortuna, CA. For more information, visit flynncreekcircus.com.

Colorado

Tim Wilkinson (PTP 2015) performs in Handsome Little Devils’ Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. Playing May 27-September 5 at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park (2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO). For more information, call (303) 595-4386, or visit elitchgardens.com or handsomelittledevils.com.

Minnesota

Tyler Olsen (PTP 2000) directed ITCH, presented by Three Knives as part of the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Playing August 4-13 at University of Minnesota Rarig Center, Thrust Stage (330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN). For more information, visit fringefestival.org.

Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) performs in Apple Picking, presented by Ben San Del Presents as part of the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Playing August 4-13 at Ritz Theatre, Proscenium Stage (345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN). For more information, visit fringefestival.org.


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Now Playing – Week of August 1, 2016

Canada

Alberta

Dustin Allen (PTP 2014), Jared Mongeau (PTP 2014, MFA 2016), Brittny Rebhuhn (PTP 2014), Patrick Stagaman (PTP 2014), and Linus Wiberg (PTP 2014) created and perform in In the Trenches: A Double Feature, presented by That Dog Was A Band Now as part of the 2016 Calgary Fringe Festival. Playing July 29-August 6 at Festival Hall (1215 10th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB). For more information, visit calgaryfringe.ca.

Saskatchewan

Anthony Arnista (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Jacob Trillo (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and perform in Perpetual Wednesday, presented by White Collar Crimes as part of the 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre and Street Festival. Playing July 28-August 6 at Victoria School Gymnasium (639 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, SK). For more information, visit 25thstreettheatre.org.

Myque Franz (PTP 2010, MFA 2012) and Zita Nyarady (PTP 2011) created and perform in and Sabrina Wenske (PTP 2012) directed The Philip and Lucinda Show, presented by The Grand Salto Theatre as part of the 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre and Street Festival. Playing July 29-August 6 at Grace Westminster Church (505 10th Street East, Saskatoon, SK). For more information, visit 25thstreettheatre.org.

USA

California

Ross Travis (PTP 2009) performs with Flynn Creek Circus’ summer tour. Playing August 4-7 at ECLand Inc. (24001 CA-1, Point Arena, CA). For more information, visit flynncreekcircus.com.

Colorado

Tim Wilkinson (PTP 2015) performs in Handsome Little Devils’ Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. Playing May 27-September 5 at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park (2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO). For more information, call (303) 595-4386, or visit elitchgardens.com or handsomelittledevils.com.

Minnesota

Christopher Kehoe (PTP 2013, MFA 2015) performs in Apple Picking, presented by Ben San Del Presents as part of the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Playing August 4-13 at Ritz Theatre, Proscenium Stage (345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN). For more information, visit fringefestival.org.


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Clown Dimitri dies at 80

Clown Dimitri, a Swiss clown and mime who studied under Marcel Marceau and who commanded a career spanning six decades from Broadway to Congo, has passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. He was 80.

Dimitri died in his home in Borgnone, Switzerland. The cause of death was unknown, but he had not been previously ill.

In a country with four official languages, the mute Clown Dimitri spoke to audiences by combining naïve, bumbling humor with acrobatics and acumen with a dizzying repertoire of musical instruments. Shunning modern, high-tech theatrics, Dimitri’s work was elemental, no-frills, old-school clowning, and his legacies and pedagogies will live on with his theater, school, museum, and troupe “La Famiglia Dimitri.”

Jakob Dimitri was born in 1935 in Ancona, Italy, and by age 7 knew that he wanted to become a professional clown. In 1958, he studied under and befriended the French master Marcel Marceau–Dimitri’s self-proclaimed idol–and performed his own show a year later.

With his signature bowl-cut hairstyle and gap-toothed grin from a mouth stuffed wide with ping pong balls, Dimitri was best known as a solo performer. He eventually established a family troupe and, in 2009 in New York City, “La Famiglia Dimitri” staged well-regarded, family-friendly shows featuring juggling, cycling, singing, high wires, tight wires, and slack wires.

Three years later, Dimitri launched a new solo repertoire.

“I am a rather positive, optimistic, and gay clown, without being superficial,” he said in a Swiss television interview. “I don’t fit with the cliché of the sad, melancholy clown with tears–even if I do have painted tears under the eyes.”

Dimitri was also involved in humanitarianism. As an ambassador for UNICEF, he traveled to war-battered Sarajevo in 1995, and in 2010 he traveled to Congo with an anti-torture human rights organization.

“I am still young in my mind. And my body…,” he trailed off in a 2015 Swiss broadcast. “Clowns are immortal, everybody knows that.”

Dimitri had a busy schedule through the rest of 2016, and performances around the world were booked into 2017. Musing on the likely impact of his strenuous work onstage with his longevity, Dimitri quipped: “I weigh 60 kilos. I lose a half-kilogram every time [I perform]. You can do the math yourself: How much time do I have left before I disappear?”

He is survived by his wife and his five children.

Now Playing – Week of July 25, 2016

Canada

Alberta

Dustin Allen (PTP 2014), Jared Mongeau (PTP 2014, MFA 2016), Brittny Rebhuhn (PTP 2014), Patrick Stagaman (PTP 2014), and Linus Wiberg (PTP 2014) created and perform in In the Trenches: A Double Feature, presented by That Dog Was A Band Now as part of the 2016 Calgary Fringe Festival. Playing July 29-August 6 at Festival Hall (1215 10th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB). For more information, visit calgaryfringe.ca.

Saskatchewan

Anthony Arnista (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) and Jacob Trillo (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) created and perform in Perpetual Wednesday, presented by White Collar Crimes as part of the 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre and Street Festival. Playing July 28-August 6 at Victoria School Gymnasium (639 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon, SK). For more information, visit 25thstreettheatre.org.

Myque Franz (PTP 2010, MFA 2012) and Zita Nyarady (PTP 2011) created and perform in and Sabrina Wenske (PTP 2012) directed The Philip and Lucinda Show, presented by The Grand Salto Theatre as part of the 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre and Street Festival. Playing July 29-August 6 at Grace Westminster Church (505 10th Street East, Saskatoon, SK). For more information, visit 25thstreettheatre.org.

Scotland

Ruxy Cantir (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) performs in Illegal Alien, presented by The Robot and Bob as part of the 2016 SURGE Street Theatre Festival. Playing July 30 and 31 as a walking performance in Merchant City, Glascow. For more information, visit conflux.co.uk.

Ruxy Cantir (PTP 2011, MFA 2013) performs in Clown Cabaret, presented by CloWnStePPinG, Plutot La Vie Theatre Company, and Conflux as part of the 2016 SURGE Street Theatre Festival. Playing July 30 at Tron Theatre (63 Trongate, Glasgow). For more information, visit conflux.co.uk or clowncabaretnight.com.

USA

California

Ross Travis (PTP 2009) performs with Flynn Creek Circus’ summer tour. Playing July 28-31 at Napa County Fairgrounds (1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga, CA). For more information, call (707) 942-5111, or visit flynncreekcircus.com or napacountyfairgrounds.org.

Colorado

Tim Wilkinson (PTP 2015) performs in Handsome Little Devils’ Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama. Playing May 27-September 5 at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park (2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO). For more information, call (303) 595-4386, or visit elitchgardens.com or handsomelittledevils.com.


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Words from A Foreigner

Alumni Reflections is a regularly-scheduled column where alumni from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre share what’s on their mind. This week’s article comes courtesy of Yiouli Archontaki (PTP 2014, MFA 2016):

In the beginning of July, I was in the United Kingdom for a few days (this was after the Brexit vote) while in transit to the United States. On Sunday afternoon, July 2, my friends and I got on the 121 London Overground, following the route from Enfield Chase to Oakwood Station. A middle-aged British lady boarded the bus along with us, and as she made herself comfortable, she had an empty seat next to her. As soon as I approached, she took her bag and placed it on the empty seat, silently signaling me to move away. And so I did. I moved away, and after she made sure that I wasn’t coming back, she removed the bag from the seat, making it available to someone else–maybe another British national. I wasn’t surprised. I’m not surprised. I am A Foreigner. I’ve lived in the United Kingdom for six years as A Foreigner and I’ve seen this behavior and others like it before, and now that Brexit is final, there’s even less pretense for some people to hide their real intentions.

On my way to the States, I got stuck in LAX for a day due to a combination of border control and my foreign identity. I was not surprised. I am A Foreigner.

And then came the news of Alton Sterling’s murder in Louisiana and Philando Castile’s murder in Minnesota. And I remembered the times I visited Minnesota over the past year, as A Foreigner. I had a great time with my hosts, but underneath even the best of intentions, I was always A Foreigner. I felt I could never become part of the closed, White, American circle because it is (in my experience) very difficult for Minnesotans to accept outsiders; it seems they are unprepared to interact with people with different accents, different features, different skin colors.

I remember the time I performed in a New Year’s Eve show in Minnesota–an experience from which I learned a lot and had a great time. My friend Bob (a Black guy; African, not African-American) and I were the only foreigners among a cast of twenty artists. Our audience was mainly, if not exclusively, White Americans.

As a theatre maker, I know that theatre has the power to challenge positive change, to provoke positive change, to teach and to direct positive change. So why not use it? If, for instance, Minnesotan artists want to change their community’s status quo in the wake of Philandro Castile’s death, then they must actively rethink the fundamental conventions of how theatre is made. Theatre producers can create positive change by casting Black artists, by casting non-citizens and expats, by creating space for diversity, by collaborating with non-White audiences and businesses on a regular basis, by writing characters and scenarios for non-White bodies, by providing equal opportunity. And as a result, they will see their audience expand.

There is, however, one “drawback.” This kind of work will likely be branded as “political.”

Therefore I say: please do not be afraid to have your work characterized as “political.” Political Theatre has many faces, and manifests itself in many ways. It is not a propaganda tool of the Hippies, the Guerrillas, and the Communists. It is the type of theatre that has the power to change society’s status quo through action, and it has done so from Aristophanes and Ancient Greece up through today. Here’s an article to get you started.

So: make a change, give equal opportunities, accept us. And as Jim Carrey said, “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.”

Sincerely,
A Foreigner


Yiouli Archontaki is a theatre artist and architect originally from Athens, Attica in Greece. She is a 2014 graduate of the Professional Training Program (PTP) and a 2016 graduate of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Today, Yiouli is based out of Los Angeles, California in the United States of America. Learn more about Yiouli at yiouliarchontaki.com, or connect with her on Facebook.

Masterclass Workshops with Theater Grottesco

Theater Grottesco will be offering four distinct workshops in August 2016. Workshops are open to professionals and serious amateurs of all ages, and will be led by Grottesco ensemble members and Guest Instructor J.A. “Dino” Deane. Theater Grottesco’s physical theatre training has been recognized by American Theatre Magazine.

Workshops include:

  • Musical Conduction for Voice and Text ($175, 10 hours total)
  • Discovery of Music ($120, 8 hours total)
  • Baal Mask Constructing and Playing ($240, 16+ hours total)
  • Buffoon ($180, 12 hours total)

Workshops may be taken independently or all together, and tuition discounts are available for multiple classes. For more information and to apply, call (505) 474-8400, email danielle@theatergrottesco.org, or visit theatergrottesco.org.