2018 Schedule, Guest Presenter, and Topic


Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21, 2019


Appalachian State University (in beautiful Boone, NC!)


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Tentative schedule and fees are listed below.


TOPIC: Introduction to Clown
Clown, comic poetry: funny and touching, essential and rigorous. It's a dive into a personal laughter.  The workshop asks participants to embody clown, to strengthen their connection to inner clown in order to expand their outward capacities.  The clown is not a character – it’s a state of playing where everyone has access to the key questions: what is so funny about me? What is funny about life? For a performer, there is something fundamental about the discovery of her or his personal Clown: it's raw, pure, personal, unique, challenging, empowering, revealing, and extremely rewarding!


About the Clinician:
Benjamin Sota is an assistant professor of physical theatre, movement, and circus arts at Coastal Carolina University.  He holds a MFA in physical theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte school in Arezzo, Italy and a MFA in directing from the University of Hawai’I at Manoa.  Benjamin is the founding artistic director of Zany Umbrella Circus, a physical theatre company founded in 2002 that has toured both nationally and internationally. Respective websites are www.zanyumbrellacircus.com and www.zanytent.com.


Tentative Workshop Schedule


  • 12:00 Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 Content delivery session (2 hours)
  • 3:00 Refreshment Break
  • 3:30 Content delivery session (3 hours)
  • 6:30 Dinner on your own
  • 8:30 Optional social gathering


  • 9:00 Breakfast on your own
  • 9:30 Content delivery session (2.5 hours)
  • 12:00 Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 Content delivery session (2.5 hours)
  • 3:30 Refreshment Break / End of Day



  • 10 hours of seminar over 1.5 days (1 CEU)
  • $100 for pre-service teachers
  • $150 for in-service teachers
  • $200 for non-teachers