Teaching: Clown & Mask

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Improvisers: HERE!   ·   Clowns: Onward.

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“Becca was my director for a Commedia show we did at the PIT. Having Becca as my director for just one show made me learn more about improv than the year of improv classes I took. Her directing made me feel more confident with my body as a tool for comedy; it made me comfortable being silent on stage, tuning into the audience’s reactions and sitting in each moment all the while connecting with your fellow players. During rehearsals, her easy and warm demeanor made me forget completely about my physical inhibitions. Without any pre-amble, she encouraged the actors dive right into exploring the deep ties that your body has to the choices you make in improv. I barely knew the other actors, but within minutes, I felt entirely connected to them and was making bold moves without feeling silly. Because Becca approaches comedy so passionately and so earnestly, there was little room left for feelings of embarrassment or inhibitions. She levels with you while leading by example. She respects your style and knows how to extract and enhance your best qualities. She brings both an acute intelligence and an unmatched physical awareness to comedy. And trust me when I tell you: you’ll be laughing the entire class until it hurts. I cannot recommend her enough.” — Elvira I.

“Learning Commedia with Becca was such an incredible experience. I quickly went from having not even heard of the art form to feeling confident about performing it onstage, and it’s all due to Becca’s encouraging, supportive, thorough and warm teaching style. It’s hard not to love the exercises when you see how passionate Becca is about Commedia. It’s infectious. If you’re interested in Commedia, you should absolutely let Becca ferry you across the canal towards fun and self-discovery. Even if you’ve never heard of this art form, this class will help you, as a performer or improviser, to be more in your body. From the first hour onwards, you’ll be making bigger, bolder character choices that will add to your tool-belt!” — Patrick J.

“Becca was such a delightful coach (and show director) for Commedia. I knew virtually nothing about mask performance before setting foot in her rehearsal room; Becca was able to explain the physically demanding technique in simple terms for the actor while displaying a wealth of knowledge on the art and the reasons behind the techniques. I loved doing it. It helped me become an overall better improviser and reminded me of the value of physicality and ‘character tropes’ in my work.” — Kirsten O.

“I had a wonderful experience working with Rebecca on Zanni Zanni Lazzo at The PIT. Rebecca’s passion for the art form is palpable during rehearsals, and her energy is equally infectious. She sets the bar very high with her own detailed work while providing a safe space for fellow performers to discover and grow into the characters they will become under her example.” — Brian H.

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