Special Teaching Projects
The Circus Freaks are regularly invited to teach workshops at schools, with local and national performing companies, in theater programs, at conventions, and with other creative and professional groups of all ages and experience levels.
Please contact us to schedule a session for yourself or your organization.
The Clown Gym
Where a “normal” gym hones the body through rigorous exercise, The Clown Gym similarly trains the body, mind, and spirit with a constantly-evolving collection of games, theatrical explorations, and opportunities to fail spectacularly (and often hilariously) with other like minded people.
Specific focus is placed on helping participants chip away at the things that block them from their natural state of wonder. Those blocks prevent emotional connection with an audience, which can leave performances lacking a crucial human element.
By re-discovering wonder and joy, and sharpening the theatrical tools necessary to express those feelings effectively, any sort of performance can come to life in an authentic, tension-free and playful way.
The Clown Gym’s twice-weekly sessions are facilitated by Russ Sharek, attended by all performing members of the Circus Freaks, and made possible by sponsorship from our generous extended circus family at Soar Creative Studios.
The Clown Gym
Mondays and Wednesday from 7-10pm*
Typically the last hour of The Clown Gym is left open as practice session for ground-based circus arts, physical theater, flow arts, and other variety performance skills.
1337 Chemical Street
Dallas, TX 75207
Go Make Play
A reintroduction to make-believe for adults.
Go Make Play! is a guided session of learning, exploring and playing with classically-trained theatrical clowns from the Circus Freaks performing company. Re-discover the simple pleasure of creative play, the value of complicity over competition, and authentic moments which can be simply enjoyed or polished into original performance material.
Suitable for teens, young adults, and grownups, this program is helpful for everyone, especially and even:
- roleplaying gamers
- people with social anxiety
- public speakers
- performers of all kinds
Go Make Play!
First Thursday of each month from 7-9pm
Roanoke Public Library
308 S. Walnut St.
Roanoke, TX 76262