For this Sunday’s gathering in LA–Dec 4th at noon at Bootleg Theater–our theme is HAIR. What a fantastic theme, right? And who better to explore such a theme than a brilliant clown? Daniel Passer is a dear old pal who has performed all over the world with Cirque de Soleil and made all kinds of theater in the US and abroad. I’m thrilled he’s going to perform for us this Sunday. He brings a charm and a devilish humor to everything he does.
Here’s his bio:
Daniel Passer most recently wrote and directed “A Big Mess” – a French Farce set in an old Vaudeville House – at A.R.T. Institute at Harvard and “Back Door” – a comedic take on Rear Window – at CalArts. Recent acting credits include: The Government Inspector at The Pearl Theater, Steve Martin’s The Underpants at Syracuse Stage and Guild Hall, Cascabel with Lookingglass Ensemble at the Goodman Theatre. He has been the Lead Clown and Comedy Conceptor for Cirque du Soleil and Dragone Entertainment and was the U.S. representative at the International Commedia dell’Arte Festival in Italy directed by Ferruchio Soleri. He has played Arlecchino on the boards of such prestigious theaters as The American Repertory Theatre, The Teatro Olympico, The Actor’s Gang and many others. Daniel is co-founder of Darkstage Theatre Company, a company dedicated to touring the maximum-security prisons in California and is currently in rehearsals for “The Noir Project” with Sprung Creations which he co-founded with Bianca Sapetto. He has taught Commedia/Clown/Improvisation at Moscow Art Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Brown University, Harvard, Cornell, CalArts, Trinity College, The Second City, University of Redlands and University of Alaska and is the Master Acting Teacher for The Edward Albee Theatre Festival and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) and The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, Daniel currently serves on the Faculty at CalArts Theater Program.