This workshop is a means of short-circuiting the censoring, logical brain, and developing physical expression, ensemble spirit and group-devising skills. It will consist of a number of practical exercises, improvisations and creative techniques for actors, performers, teachers, teaching-artists and anyone wanting to learn more about Commedia Dell’Arte, Basel Mask, Shaun Mask, Trestle Mask and Theatrical Comedy.
Over 3 Hours we will ripen creativity, hone physical discipline, instil a sense of freedom, promote play and develop fundamental techniques through laughter.
"Thank you Clint for a fabulous workshop. I have not laughed so much in ages. At the beginning of the morning, I had really bad neck pain. I was also nervous - What am I doing? BUT the laughter was amazing! The muscles relaxed - I laughed. I had fun - I laughed. I felt marvellous - I laughed. The pain left. LAUGHTER IS WONDERFUL. Thank you " --- Gloria Swenson, The Pine Rivers Festival Of The Arts, Pine Rivers, QLD
Bio of host:
Clint Bolster is a prominent artist, teacher artist and micro-business manager based in Brisbane. His noted skills and specialty as an actor and circus performer have been developed over the past 10 years through extensive training and performance experience locally, nationally and internationally in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Singapore and Japan. Significant performance credits include the lead role of Ringmaster Z in the circus spectacular ZIRCUS at Jupiters Theatre, Hotel & Casino, a sell out season of Debase Productions, Queensland Theatre Company & Kazenoko Theatre Company’s Hurry up and Wait in Sydney, after returning from a statewide tour with Queensland Theatre Company on the back of seasons at Kijimoona International Theatre Festival For Young People in Japan (2012) and Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2011) where the show received critical acclaim. The Three Little Endangered Animals for Artslink QLD, Suckers by Harvest Rain Theatre Company (2012), Cafe Floriani, The Spirit of the Mask, Thoughts Have Feelings Too & Where is Santa? by Lightwire Theatrical Productions, The Little Green Road to Fairy Land for Queensland Music Festival (2011), Drama on the High Seas for Princess Cruises, Much Ado about Nothing and The Wind in the Willos for 4MBS Classic FM, The Search For The 5th Element and Booff In Concert for Universal Studios Japan Osaka (1 year), Aerial Angels Stilts for Aerial Angels and Jupiters Casino (1 year), The Treasure Hunt with Collusion and Freak Street for Woodford Folk Festival. With Homunculus in 2014, Clint will be touring in Cafe Floriani, Behind The Mask, Spirit of the Mask and Thoughts Have Feelings Too as well as conducting numerous Artist In Residence programs throughout Australia. Clint Bolster owns and manages Manoeuvre, Queensland’s premier Roving Stilt Company catering for corporate events, festivals and nightclubs, both nationally and internationally. Recently Manoeuvre received funding from Arts QLD to promote Manoeuvre in London: from this Manoeuvre is now represented by agents in the UK and ASIA.
In 2008 Clint was mentored by Annie Lee of The Kransky Sisters fame through the Youth Arts Mentorship Program, where he created a solo clown show entitled The Secret Life of Warbro Roulston of which he received a Project Development Grant from Youth Arts Qld.
Clint studied theatre at Queensland University of Technology and has trained with several companies including Zen Zen Zo, Frank Theatre, Debase Productions, Expressions Dance Company, 2 Ballerinas and Lightwire. He is also an experienced and sought after Teacher- Artist, leading many residencies and workshops for Queensland Theatre Company, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, University of Tasmania, The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Artslink Queensland, Backbone Youth Arts and Nexus Arts Victoria.
Clint is a proud Queensland board member and mentor for The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and committee member for The Actors & Entertainers Benevolent Fund.