Workshops of all sorts for performers of all sorts

Workshops with Theater Grottesco

All workshops are held at the Grottesco Rehearsal Hall in the Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe, at the intersection of I-25 and Cerrillos Road  • 8380 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507 in Suite #404

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Sunday • March 11 • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Instructors: UK-Based Company Ship of Fools, via Revolutions International Theater Festival
Fee: $50

Navigating the Knife Edge, or mockery and the risk of offense, a voyage into the world of the bouffon clown. Are you a performer, actor, comedian, director, or theater-maker looking to challenge and excite yourself? Do you want to create fearless and bold comedy that pulls no punches? Do you want to craft images that shock and amuse audiences? Then this is the workshop for you. All the way from the U.K. Gaulier trained, Ship of Fools Theatre Company bring their hilarious and horrific bouffon workshop to the USA. The bouffon is the ultimate trickster, a charming manipulator, capable of seducing audiences one minute and smashing them to pieces the next. Their ammunition is grotesque parody, shocking imagery, the sacred and the profane, plus a deep humanity and a bold willingness to tap dance back and forth over the lines of decency to speak the unspeakable. We study them to discover the freedom of the outsider and to learn how to use humor as a weapon. This workshop will be hilarious, playful, anarchic, challenging, and liberating. You will discover how to use parody as a means of mockery, how to navigate the line of offense, how to work as an ensemble. and much more. And you will laugh. A lot.

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Mon / Tue / Wed / Thur •  March 19 – 22 • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: John Flax   
Fee: $100

Baal masks were originally created for Mardi Gras in Basel, Switzerland. They are often called larval masks because they contain only the slightest hint of form and expression. It is up to the actor to find the character of the mask and endow it with full emotional response. These are non-speaking masks that require a heightened sense of play rooted in honest human response while physically supporting a character.

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Saturday • March 24 • 1 – 3 p.m.
Instructor: Danielle Louise Reddick   
Fee: By donation at the door

The Body Story workshop is a somatic exploration of range of movement and the edges of balance and stability. Finding our edges provides ease in our physical presence and comfort in risky situations. The Body Story is a play of the physical instrument. Playing with ways to access all of the senses and to make them available when creating movement for characters. We will ground the body using balance, breath, and vision to free it up in space.

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Saturday • March 31 • 1 – 4 p.m.
Instructor: John Flax   
Fee: By donation at the door

The foundation of physical performance. Personal work includes instinctual response, rhythm, a relaxed, heightened energy, and an economy of movement. Ensemble Training adjusts personal rhythm and instinct to the group; group balance of space; imagery through movement and sound; focusing the audience’s attention.

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    •    Scholarships and sliding scale available on an as-needed basis—please ask Tara about it 505-474-8400
    •    Pay at the door
    •    Come prepared to move in loose-fitting clothes, jewelry removed, and hair back. We start on time.
    •    To reserve a spot and for more information: 
         Call or text 505-474-8400 or email Tara at

TV and Film Acting Class for Working Actors



March 20 through May 8
8 weeks • Tuesdays • 7 to 10 p.m.

Decide now to have the knowledge and the edge in 2018. Develop confidence and competence in approaching any script, any role. Expand your moment to moment awareness. Deliver real, believable, finely nuanced performances in all conditions, from minimal/no rehearsal film/TV shoots to the audition that gets you on set.

$315 Discount for returning students:

Leslie Fleming-Mitchell is a working actor and L.A. acting coach whose credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, VEEP, House, Criminal Minds, Waco, The Kid, and Escape the Night. She coaches actors preparing for TV/Film roles; students include Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Maya Stojan (Castle, Agents of Shield), Robert Wahlberg (The Departed), and Lauren Landon (Sky). She’s taught at the esteemed Second City, L.A; NE Film Academy; Sonoma Academy; American School in Paris; U. Mass; Boston Film + Video Foundation; Kevin Fennessey Casting.

The Film School at Garson Studios
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St. Michael’s Drive
Santa Fe NM 87505

(310) 991-4162


Movement and the Emotional Body + Meisner technique Acting Intensive


with Richard Handy • Workshops 2, 3, and 4

February 25, March 4, and March 11
Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fee for all three all-day workshops:

The Film School at Garson Studios
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St. Michael’s Drive
Santa Fe NM 87505

(310) 991-4162

Acting workshop

Introduction to Acting Technique for Adults

Taught by Wendy Chapin
at 3218 Calle Marie, Unit B
Sundays • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
March 18 – April 8

This class is ideal for those working on and developing an understanding of an acting technique as well as those interested at being introduced to an acting technique for the first time.

Wendy has taught acting for more than thirty years to aspiring actors ages 7 to 70. She has taught acting at the College of Santa Fe, in the Santa Fe Public schools, at the Santa Fe Community College, and privately here in Santa Fe for twenty-five years.

Cost: $85

or phone 505.982.7624

Open Improv

Adobe Rose Theatre

Saturday Open Improv is a drop-in class.
Every Saturday morning • 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Instructor: Quinn Fontaine
Quinn’s web site:

All levels and ages welcome to this fun, judgment-free zone of hilarity!
We play theatre games and we do long- and short-form improvisation.
Come to play or just to watch.

Cost: $10
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Adobe Rose Theater is located at 1213B Parkway Drive • Santa Fe