Master Classes @ the Guthrie: Clown with Zachary Fine and Commedia with Sarah Agnew!

Master Class Mondays are back! Join us this fall as we relaunch our Master Class series - training opportunities designed to serve our local theater artist community. Visiting artist Zachary Fine will lead a 2 day Clown workshop focused on character creation. Local hero, Sarah Agnew, will lead a session exploring Commedia and the way in which this form operates in modern theater. Both workshops promise to be a delightful combination of insight, inspiration, phsyicality and fun. 

Check out the descriptions below or visit us online to learn more and to register! Visit 

Building Characters through Clown with Zachary Fine  
Monday and Tuesday, October 22 – 23 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Cost: $150
(Payment plans and scholarships are available!) 
This two day workshop with guest artist Zachary Fine will delve into the world of clown and playfulness to explore and uncover the ways in which clown can help artists tap into their own creative well and provide tools to forge a stronger connection with the characters they build. Participants will have the opportunity to work with red nose and costumes to develop original characters. 
The clown embodies the rambunctious hope and baffling chaos of our humanity. Full of curiosity and trepidation, the clown dares to stand directly in the present moment, the place where the stage and the world meet and in that place allows us to see, to look, to feel. The clown stands there for our delight and for something even greater – the pleasure of our togetherness, the tender magic of our collective imagination.
Exercises will be geared towards expanding your spontaneity and playfulness and widening the scope of your imagination and creativity. The muscles of generosity and play are transferable to all performance styles, and this master class will  focus on applying these skills to building both original and scripted characters. Prerequisites: None! All are welcome. The nature of the work becomes stronger with a variety of experience levels in the room from novice to stage veterans. Capacity: 20

What Does Commedia Look Like Today? with Sarah Agnew
Monday, November 5 | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. 
Cost: $65
(Payment plans ans scholarships are available!) 

This workshop will be an exercise in examining classic stock commedia characters and exploring how they operate in today’s world. We will approach the research with folly and physicality in the pursuit of our own beautiful stupidity. Expect improvisation and a lot of movement. Be dressed for curiosity and a willingness to flop. 
Prerequisite: Actor training and experience performing in professional and semi-professional productions. A basic understanding of Commedia dell’arte is a plus. Capacity: 15 

About the Teaching Artists
Zachary Fine is an actor, writer, director and teacher. He has taught Clown, Games and Shakespeare in actor training programs throughout the country and is currently on faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Zachary is the recipient of the 2015 Helen Hayes Award for his work in Fiasco Theater Company’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Broadway: China Doll with Al Pacino. Off-Broadway: The Pearl Theater, The Acting Company, The Mint Theater, Theater for a New Audience and New York Classical Theater. As a Director: El Bien Del Pais (Spanish Language World Premiere) Teatro Helenico, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Key West Theater; Thin Air Shakespeare Festival, The Performing Arts Project; Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham’s solo show Between the Moon and Me, NYU. Zachary apprenticed with Christopher Bayes and trained at Ecole du Phillipe Gaulier, MFA from the University of Tennessee and B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) Oberlin College. Currently, you can see him in Frankenstein: Playing with Fire at the Guthrie. To learn more about Zach visit 

Sarah Agnew is an actress and theater maker based out of Minneapolis. She has taught workshops around the country and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota in the Theater and Dance Department. She was a ten year company member of the nationally renowned Theatre De La Jeune Lune. She has studied at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, worked with Swiss clown, Pierre Byland and collaborated with Chris Bayes on clown and commedia at Yale Repertory.

Contact information

Guthrie Theater
Lauren Anderson
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Posted October 4