GRAB THE ROOM: Presence, Connection, Laughter - Archived

  • November 18 - 19, 2023
  • Portland Dance Studio

    232 Southeast Oak Street
    Portland, Oregon 97214
Ticket Price $40.00-$80.00 This event is now over
Description

**Second date added NOV 19!**

You can JOIN WAITLIST for Nov 18 here.

 

SEASONED PERFORMERS & NOVICES WELCOME - NO PREREQUISITES

Saturday OR Sunday (second date added!) 1-5pm with a short break in the middle

SLIDING SCALE $40-$80 // $60 Suggested

 

How do you engage an audience from the moment you walk on stage? 

How can you get a laugh before you’ve even said anything? 

What happens before the words that can help build the foundation for authentic comedy, capitalize on every laugh and make your written material hit even harder?

 


In this half-day intensive, we will apply physical comedy and clowning principles to YOUR existing material to ground your stage presence, create an instant and continuous connection with your audience and build confidence in your comedic skills beyond the written word.

 

Bring up to one minute of your favorite opener or just a loose idea you’ve been knocking around, and get ready to turn it on its head! 

 

Whether you’re a seasoned performer or just wanting to get more comfortable in front of a crowd, Anne Zander’s supportive teaching style and professional experience will push you to take bigger risks, deepen audience connection, and build authentically hilarious performances.

 

“Anne’s teaching gives me access to a grounded, primal, less judgmental version of myself."

— Haley Klarfeld: standup comic & clown

 

PRACTICALITIES:

  • We will be moving our bodies and working up a sweat in the first half of class, 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.
  • COVID-19 PRACTICES:
    • Windows open and air purifier running throughout class
    • Limited class size
    • Masks welcome (but not required) and will not impede the physical comedy work


BIO:

Anne Zander 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 in London. She studied clowning there and beyond with the award-winning Peta Lily. Zander’s “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).

Date & Time

Nov 18 - 19, 2023

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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