Discovering the Clown, or The Funny Book of Good Acting
About the Book
“Christopher Bayes is a master, an extraordinary visionary who has done more to liberate young American actors over the last two generations than I can possibly express. His classes in Clowning are philosophical manifestos; the power of his laughter inextricable from the depth of his spirit. This book is a treasure. Nothing can replace the experience of being in the room with a master teacher, but this practical, playful, brilliant book is the next best thing. Read it. It is indispensable.” —Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater
Discovering the Clown, or The Funny Book of Good Acting is a unique glimpse into the wild world of the Clown, unveiling “the playful self, the unsocialized self, the naive self…the big stupid who just wants to have some fun with the audience.” An essential guide for artists and actors wanting to set free the messy and hilarious Clown within.
About the Book
Christopher Bayes is one of the most sought after teachers of Clown and Physical Comedy in the country. He has taught internationally and been on the faculty of many prestigious schools, including Yale, The Juilliard School, Brown, and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. He is the co-founder and head of The Funny School of Good Acting in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently Professor and Head of Physical Acting at Yale School of Drama.
Virginia Scott is a director/devisor/teacher of Physical Theater, and co-founder of The Funny School of Good Acting. She has taught Clown at The Juilliard School, Pace University, the Actors Center, CAP 21, and Tisch School of the Arts.