Fundamentals of Physical Comedy: October 2023 Clown Weekend Intensive

  • Oct 14, 2023 10:00 AM - Oct 15, 2023 5:00 PM
  • Portland Dance Studio

    232 Southeast Oak Street
    Portland, Oregon 97214
Ticket Price $210.00-$260.00 Register Now

ALL LEVELS - No experience necessary

Saturday & Sunday: 10am-5pm with an hour lunch break from 1-2pm (12 hours of learning time over two days)

Max students: 8


“Anne’s teaching gives me access to a grounded, primal, less judgmental version of myself. I’ve learned the importance of simplicity, failure, connection with the audience, and connection with myself in a way that’s changed my experience of performing (and life?) in a really fun and meaningful way.”

— Haley Klarfeld: standup comic, improviser, clown


Learn the fundamentals of physical comedy from master of physical comedy” Anne Zander. Drawing on clowning, vocal exploration, comedy archetypes and more, this weekend intensive will help you develop deeper body awareness, lean into vulnerability, and build new (literal!) comedy muscles to entertain and amaze. You will learn to make an instant and continuous connection to the audience, discover your own unconscious physicality and learn to build on or shed it as needed. From precision exercises like takes and isolations to physical improvisations to building character from the outside in, you can bring the lessons of this class to your everyday as well as stage performances.


Stand ups love this class! Improvisers love this class! Political science professors love this class! All levels are very welcome, no performance experience necessary. For those who have worked with Anne or other teachers before, this is an excellent opportunity to refresh on the basics, dive deeper into exercises and hone precision movement.


This is a physical class! We will be moving our bodies and working up a sweat, so wear what feels good to move in, and bring water. There are no street shoes allowed in the studio, and we will be working barefoot. If your access needs or preferences prevent this, please wear grippy socks or clean shoes you can move in.


“I'm grateful for how hard you push us and especially how you can be demanding and supportive and harsh and loving and serious and lighthearted all at the same time -- your ability to hold balance in all things is super impressive to me, and I love you for it.”

 —Jack Miller, Assistant Professor of Political Science


Whether you want to bring more physicality to your everyday life or add new strings to your comedy bow, Anne Zander’s supportive teaching style and professional experience will push you to make new discoveries, build the confidence to create boldly, and unleash your inner clown!

Date & Time

Oct 14, 2023 10:00 AM - Oct 15, 2023 5:00 PM

Venue Details

Portland Dance Studio

232 Southeast Oak Street
Portland, Oregon 97214 Portland Dance Studio
Le Why Not Productions

... is Anne Zander.

Anne Zander (she/her/hers) is a “completely ridiculous… completely vulnerable” actor, clown, solo-character creator and physical comedy teacher with an MA in devised, physical theater (Theatre Lab) from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She studied clowning there and beyond with her Gaulier-trained teacher, Peta Lily. Her “painfully funny” debut solo show — JUICEBOX — took Portland by storm in 2019 and was Official Selection 2020 at Chicago Sketchfest, Dallas Comedy Festival and HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival (Boston). Pandemic credits include multiple guest spots on Ron Lynch’s IG Live, comedy-variety Tomorrow! Show (LA), and her absurd, digital solo show, Prolific, which debuted at Fertile Ground 2021. She performs regularly at comedy venues across Portland and is also the mother to 1-year old twins, who made multiple stage appearances in utero but have yet to bring their own clown antics to the greater public.

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