Currently the clown coach for Cirque du Soleil's 8 resident shows in Las Vegas and Orlando, Shannan Calcutt is one of the world's leading instructors in clown, creativity and devising theatre. She has conducted workshops throughout Canada, Australia and the United States.
Celebrate your Ridiculousness!
It's time to risk being seen in all your glory! Come explore the world of play; live in the moment - and react in the moment; follow your impulses; think on the outside; connect with your audience; learn when to exit - always a good thing; improvise from your heart; play at the height of emotions - more, more, more; reveal your vulnerability; discover why something's funny - or not; take big risks; flaunt your faults; laugh in failures face; experience the power of the ensemble; create honest and engaging performances. Most of all, experience the freedom & joy that comes from embracing and celebrating your ridiculousness!
I’m with Stupid: Clown Duos
When we think of our favorite comedy duos, they’re all made up of a Boss & his (her) ever devoted Idiot Sidekick: George and Gracie, Lucy and Ricardo, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis, The Smothers Brothers, French and Sanders, and so on…
In this class you’ll play both roles: The Boss who thinks she knows best, has extraordinary confidence, immense knowledge, gives constant orders, lives to delegate & loves to be worshiped. And the Idiot Sidekick, who aims to please, follows every impulse, worships his boss, is vulnerable, plays with innocence, is easily manipulated, easily distracted & takes everything at face value.
While you might find you have more fun in one role versus the other, ultimately you’ll discover that your personal clown embodies both roles, as within all of us is the leader & follower, the planner & the impulsive, the thinker & the idiot. Come Make a Fool of Your Self – and Enjoy it!
Make ‘em Laugh: The Art of Creating an Act
Now that you’ve embraced your Clown, it’s time to create an act! In this class, you’ll be given direction and guidance to build a routine & have the opportunity to perform it in front of a live audience. It’s time to sink or swim!
Mask: Neutral and Character, and Clown – Oh My!
Creativity, innovation, and the need for inspiration and personal growth apply to all of us. This workshop has been a catalyst for creative awakening for people in all walks of life & professions. In this 3 week intensive each student will identify their own creative process through the exploration of the neutral mask, character mask & finally the smallest mask, the clown nose. This class provides a unique opportunity for students to discover their personal clown, through mask. In this class each student will:
Cirque du Soleil | Crazy Horse Paris | MGM | Vegas Theatre Hub |United World College of the American West
The Weimar Room | Circus Monoxide | Circus Wow | Legs on the Wall
The Banff Center | The National Arts Center | Drama Works, Theatre Alberta, Citadel Theatre | Ottawa Fringe Festival | The Globe Theatre | 25th Street Theatre | Nakai Theatre | University of Victoria | University of Regina | Lester B Pearson College of the Pacific | St. Michael's University School | Winnipeg Circus and Magic Partnership Program
"I have never had a teacher like Shannan before, and I am so thankful that her approach to life and clown has been introduced to me. She expected us all to bring our best, whatever that meant to each performer. It was the best example of kindness I have ever seen. No bullshit. No sugar coating. And yet the most safe and free rehearsal / workshop room I have ever been a part of."
"I don’t think that I have ever been pushed with such careful force into the roaring fire, only to discover that we have been given a protective barrier to the pain - Shannan is the push, the fire and the protection all at once and we become the immediate ensemble as a result, able to go where we could never go on our own."
Artistic Director, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop
"Shannan is an amazing teacher who really drives her students. With sharp wit and whip in hand, Shannan cuts to the chase, empowering her pupils to discover honest performances and opportunities to respond to their audiences."
Filmmaker | Animator | Media Artist
Shannan carefully pulled me out of my comfort zone. I was able to not only
embrace my fragilities, but push past my fears and mental blocks and
release them! This workshop was liberating, fun and felt like the
equivalent of $10,000.00 worth of therapy sessions! There's something for
EVERYONE in this class!"
- Melle Vasquez Singer-songwriter, Musician for Cirque du Soleil, Cyndi Lauper, Pink (Tina Turner, Cher and Lenny Kravitz tours)