Bouffon-style Clowning Masterclass with Nathaniel Justiniano

September 23, 2023 | 11:15 am

September 23, 2023 | 11:15 am

Saturday, September 23

Group 1: 11:15–12:45 pm

Group 2: 2:00-3:30 pm


MIT, Building W97, Room 106

345 Vassar St, Cambridge MA


Bouffons are a clown type derived from Jacques Lecoq's L'École Internationale de Théâtre. Nathaniel Justiniano describes bouffon performance as “a realm rooted in satire and mockery. It is often physically grotesque, confrontational, hilarious, and harnassed to point out and revel in society’s ills.” Justiniano is a queer, Cali-Rican theater artist. He is the founding Artistic Director of Naked Empire Bouffon Company, which began in San Francisco in 2009 with an activist mission to devise hilarious, cutting, and visually provocative satires to catalyze urgent discourse. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Comedic Performance at Emerson College. This workshop is accessible to beginners with no movement or clowning background.