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MotionFest Workshop Instructors
Below is a list of the instructors and lecturers teaching at MotionFest 2004 in Baltimore. More instructors will be added and they will be listed as soon as they're confirmed.

MotionFest strives to bring together the most incredible collection of available teachers. These are working professionals of our industry. Occasionally their schedules change on short notice. Those changes can affect our roster and when they do, we are both disappointed and also excited to bring in incredible replacements.

Instructor Listings are subject to change... Keep checking in...

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bullet Karl Baumann  - Star Cirque du Soleil character acrobat
bulletTom Casciero - Movement Artist
bulletAlan Clay - Author, Performer, Director, Physical Comedy and Actor Instructor from New Zealand
bullet Bob Fitch - Broadway Actor/Magician. Consultant to numerous stars
bulletGeoff Hoyle - Broadway, Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus, he's done everything! including teaching at Dell 'Arte School of Physical Theatre
bulletDominique Jando - Director of S.F. School of the Circus Arts, Founded numerous Circus Schools and competitions in France.
bulletThe Jokesters - Performers and professors of makeup application
bullet Dick Monday - Former RBBB Circus Clown College Director, Founder of NYGoofs, hilarious!
bullet Karen Hurll Montanaro - Mime and movement specialists
bulletRobert Nelson -aka The Butterfly Man, street performer emeritus
bulletMichael Rock - Second City Theatre staff improv instructor
bullet Steve Smith - 10 yr director of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College
bullet Joanie Spina - Performer/Dancer and Choreographer for Magicians including David Copperfield


Karl Baumann
Karl Baumann originated featured character dancer roles in the Cirque du Soleil production of “Mystere’in Las Vegas and in the touring production of “Quidam” He has performed “Quidam” over 1,000 times all over the United States and Canada.

Trained at The Julliard School,he has toured with Momix as a principal Performer/Choreographer,and has appeared on the “Rosie O Donell Show and the “Tonight Show”.His Credits include the 3-D Imax film “Imagine”,the film “FX2”,and numerous music videos including Aerosmith’s “Jaded”.He recently acted for the  NC-Shakespearfestival as Puck in “A Midsummer Nights Dream


Tom Casciero
Tom Casciero holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from The Union Institute Graduate School. He is certified as a Movement Analyst (CMA) by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York and has received post-certificate training in Advanced Teaching Methods from the same institute. He has taken Laban workshops with Warren Lamb, Janis Pforsich, Peggy Hackney, and many others and presented his research at International Laban Conferences in Amherst, Minneapolis, and Baltimore.

In physical theatre, Tom is trained in mime, acting, and improvisation by Tony Montanaro and has taken workshops or master classes with Kabuki Master Shozo Sato; Jacques Lecoq and Daniel Stein of Paris; Rymond Kleckot of the Polish Mime Theatre; Tmu-Na of Israel; and Ronlin Foreman of the Dell Arte School. He also studied anatomy and has taken workshops in stage combat, clowning, and psychobiology. In the area of voice, he studied with Arthur Lessac, Shakespeare & Co. and has taken workshops with Bonnie Raphael, Neil Freeman, Patrick Tucker, and Robert Sataloff. He studied the singing voice with Charlotte Anderson and together they developed voice/movement integration methods for singers.

Mr. Casciero is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Towson University in Maryland, where he teaches Movement for the Actor, Mime and Movement Theatre Techniques and Styles, Beginning Acting, Voice & Movement Integration, and Movement Theatre Improvisation and Production.

Mr. Casciero is also a performer, director, and workshop presenter. He has toured his solo performances of comedy and physical theatre nationally and internationally; directed regional and university theatre; and taught for colleges, theaters, conferences, and festivals.

Having served as a producer, promoter and director within the theatre community, and as founder and board member of several organizations in the larger community, Mr. Casciero also brings a wealth of organizational, personal communication, and business skills to his work.

Alan Clay

New Zealand born, Alan Clay, has been performing for 27 years and teaching clown for over 20 years, since first attending a clown school in Sweden in 1977. He has performed extensively in the streets, in schools, at festivals and in theatres. Alan has worked both as a solo performer, in several duos and ensembles, and has run classes under the banner of Playspace Studio in New Zealand and Australia since 1983, where he has championed a more open, irreverent and playful form of clown.

Alan started teaching clown in Oslo, Norway, in 1981, and subsequently taught workshops at festivals and arts centres in Germany and Denmark. In the early eighties he established Playspace Studio in Auckland, New Zealand, and was then invited to teach residencies at the Drill Hall Arts Centre in London, and the Aarhus Teatre Akademi in Denmark, before settling in Adelaide, Australia, where he taught youth theatre and adult education classes over three years. Through out the nineties, Alan taught comedy and acting at the Actors Centre, in Sydney. Then In 1998 he re-established Playspace Studio in Sydney, where the reputation of his clown classes have since attracted students worldwide, and resulted in a couple of recent tours, teaching Clown Masterclasses in Canada and USA.

Alan also publishes the Artmedia web site, and produces the email Artmedia Physical Theatre Newsletter, which has been linking the international physical theatre community for the past three years, as well as publishing a number of his own books. He is currently completing a new book on clown, 'Angels can Fly, A Modern Clown User Guide', which will be previewed this year at MotionFest.

"In the best clown tradition Alan held up a window mirror for us to step through and reflect on the patterns, habits and rituals of our days. It was funny, moving and excellent theatre." New Zealand Herald


Bob Fitch
Bob Fitch is a professional actor, dancer, singer, magician, director and choreographer. His extensive performing career includes roles in 27 productions on Broadway as well as in films and on television. As a magic consultant and director, he's worked with (among many others) David Copperfield and Jeff McBride. He is also well-known for his coin and topit work. In this workshop he will offer performers the unique opportunity to learn and to integrate acting, movement and basic theatre techniques into their work.

geoffhoyleGeoff Hoyle

Geoff Hoyle created the role of Zazu, the hornbill in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King. He has clowned with Cirque du Soleil, Circus Flora and with Bill Irwin and Larry Pisoni in San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus. He created Spare, the three-legged man as part of a benefit performance for the Pickle Family Circus in 1982. He trained with Marcel Marceau’s teacher, Etienne Decroux and at the Gymnase du Cirque in Paris under Tudor Bono. His original solo shows, including Feast of Fools, The Convict’s Return and The First Hundred Years have been seen in NewYork, San Francisco, Paris, London, the former Soviet Union, and at various regional theatres in the US and England.

He has created comic roles at the Berkeley Rep, (notably Mosca in Volpone and Face in The Alchemist by Ben Jonson as well as Clov in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Dogberry In Much Ado About Nothing and Berenger in Rhinoceros) American Conservatory Theatre (including Stephano in The Tempest, and Joxer in Juno and the Paycock), Eureka Theatre, American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, (with Dario Fo and Franca Rame), Seattle Rep, Arena Stage and La Jolla Playhouse and has received several NEA mime grants as well as an ArtsLink grant to visit circuses in Latvia and Russia.

For Stanford Summer Theatre in California he played Vladimir in Waiting for Godot and the Old Lady in Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs. He was recently awarded a TCG/Pew National Theatre Artist Residency Grant to work with the Arizona Theatre Company, to give workshops in mask, clown and mime and translate and perform in the late plays of Georges Feydeau. He is most proud of his three children, Jonah, Daniel and Kailey all of whom have appeared with him, onstage or in the ring.


Dominique Jando

Director of S.F. School of Circus Arts/History of Clowning began his involvement with the circus four decades ago, in his native France, as a clown at the legendary Cirque Medrano in Paris. In 1974, as General Secretary of the Paris Cultural Center, he participated with Alexis Gruss in the creation of France's first professional circus school, and of "Le Cirque a l'Ancienne", which eventually became the French National Circus. Dominique joined New York's Big Apple Circus in 1983, where he served as Associate Artistic Director for nineteen years. A circus and popular entertainment historian, he has published five books and written many articles on these subjects both in Europe and the US. The Russian translation of his "Histoire Mondiale du Cirque" is the official circus history textbook of both Moscow's Circus School and Theater Institute. He is also co-founder of the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, one of the world's two major circus arts competitions, which is held each winter in Paris.

The Jokesters
Steve Bauer and Marianne Wittelsberger, AKA the Jokesters, are professors of stage makeup at Towson University. The Jokesters lived in Hollywood, California for the past 12 years where they produced, wrote and starred in their own Cable Ace Award Winning television show called "Jokesters." There they worked for every major studio in Hollywood, including Paramount, Fox, MGM, Universal and Disney and were on the Ben Nye Makeup catalog and poster. Bauer and Wittelsberger have been performing their unique Comedy, Mime & Magic act together since 1983. They bring a performer's perspective to the art of makeup design. They don't just put makeup on other people; they actually wear it themselves - their techniques are road tested. Both Jokesters graduated from Towson University in 1986 as Theatre Majors with concentrations in Makeup Design, Costume Design and Mime.


Dick Monday
Dick graduated from Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Clown College in 1974 and was Director of the College from 1994 until its close in 1998. His live performance credits range from the Great American Circus in Tokyo to MADhattan at the NYNY Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.. He was also the Artistic Director of the LA. Circus and Director of Clowning for Circus of the Stars on CBS. Dick is the founder of The New York Goofs, NY's resident clown troupe. In the past four years, the Goofs have appeared at Carnegie Hall, The American Museum of Natural History, the Westport Playhouse, as part of three Reel to Real programs at Lincoln Center, at Avery Fisher Hall with the Little Orchestra Society, at the Kennedy Center as part of the Mark Twain Humor Festival, and in several Goofs original productions at the Flea Theatre in Manhattan. Dick's film and television credits include Into the Night With Rick Dees on ABC, Brain Donors, My Life, Love and Greed, The Tonight Show, General Hospital, Saved by the Bell, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and the Woody Allen film Sweet and Lowdown. Dick was featured this year in the 24th edition of The Big Apple Circus.


Karen Hurll Montanaro
Karen Hurll Montanaro received her early dance training at the Cantarella School of Dance with Madeline Cantarella Culpo and with Andrea Stark, a former director of the Ram Island Dance Company.

She also studied on scholarship with the Joffrey School of Ballet and has danced professionally with the Ohio Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany.

Karen is currently a principal dancer with the Portland Ballet Company in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the company’s affiliated school, The Portland School of Ballet. Ms. Montanaro also teaches ballet, movement, and mime throughout New England, Europe, and privately.

For fifteen years, she collaborated and performed extensively with her late husband, world renowned mime and performing artist, Tony Montanaro. She was the "word-smith" for Mr. Montanaro’s book "Mime Spoken Here," published in 1995.

Robert Nelson
(The artist formerly known as Butterfly Man)
A former research chemist at Vanderbilt University, Robert Nelson quit the world of science to pursue a dream of making people laugh, and has never looked back. Mr. Nelson first metamorphosed into his Butterfly Man character in 1978 while performing at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Soon after, he indelibly affirmed his commitment to performing by getting his now famous butterfly tattoos.

This veteran stage entertainer and busker has been traversing the globe ever since. Repeatedly voted the most popular performer at San Francisco's legendary Pier 39, he also has won numerous international performing competitions.

Still going strong after 20 years onstage, he observes, "You really have to love people to keep this up." Mr. Nelson, also a writer and actor, lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kumi.


headshotMichael Rock
Michael Rock is a teacher, director, performer and writer. His performing credits include Mummenschanz on Broadway; 10 years with TheatreSports New York, Spontaneous Broadway and other improvisation formats as well as many regional, stock and touring productions where he had to actually memorize lines. 

As a director, Michael has created musicals for UPenn's Mask & Wig Club, vaudeville/clown shows for  HersheyPark, comedy revues for the Second City Training Center, children’s theatre for Slim Goodbody and many others.


He has taught improvisation for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, team-building for various corporations and creative dramatics for inner-city kids.  He currently teaches acting and improvisation for The Second City Training Center, Marymount Manhattan College, Manhattanville College and probably your uncle.


He recently wrote a play, Musical Chairs, which was presented at the 2003 NYC Fringe Festival and then at the Pantheon Theater by Yankee Rep.  It will be produced again in March of 2004 at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA.

He has a degree in Theatre from
Penn State and lives in New York City.


Steve Smith
Steve Smith, a 1971 graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, served as the Director of the school from 1985-1995. In addition, Steve conceived & directed the 123rd Edition of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He has a BFA in acting from the Goodman School of Drama and he has attended Sigfrido Aguilar's Estudio Busqueda de Pantomima, in Mexico. Steve has also studied with Jacques Lecoq; American mime, Ben Tucker and Israeli mime, Juki Arkin.

In addition to his teaching experiences at the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Theatre School, and DePaul University, Steve has conducted numerous workshops and master classes in physical comedy worldwide. In 1993, Steve was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame. In 1996 and 1997 , Steve served as the Talent Development Coordinator for Chuck Jones Film Productions, which was exclusively involved in the on-going production of short theatrical cartoons for Warner Bros. in the traditional style of full character animation established by Warner Bros. in the 1950s.

Recently, Steve directed for the international touring cast of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, spent two months in Japan, writing/ directing Fantasia De La Primavera, for the Japanese entertainment venue called "Parque Espana", and took to the sea directing MYSTIQUE, for Princess Cruises' inaugural voyage of The Sun Princess. Steve also returned to Chicago to remount his play, Center Ring Circus, for the Chicago Children's Theatre lOth Anniversary Season, and served as Lead Teaching Artist for The Midnight Circus/Gallery 37 Project. In 1998, he was co-creator and co-director for Florida Studio Theatre's Cabaret hit revue, Inspired Lunacy; co-director of The University of Virginia's production of Noises Off; director for The Clown Show featuring David Larible and Pipo Sosman Jr. in Mexico City; and part of the Creative Team for the Inagural Season of Circus Sarasota. Currently, Steve is serving as a Creative Consultant for a major theme park in Orlando, Florida, in addition to serving in that same capacity for the off-Broadway show The IT Girl A Silent Movie Musical.

Joanie Spina
As principal performer, choreographer, and artistic consultant to David Copperfield for 11 years, Joanie Spina redressed the ancient art of magic with a flair of the caliber of Broadway and Hollywood productions. Critics worldwide note that the results of her collaboration with the world's most respected conjurer raised the stature of magic to new heights in the eyes of the public and ensured the viability of the art form into the 21st century.

An acclaimed solo performer, Spina mesmerizes audiences as she infuses magic with a gamut of emotions ranging from romantic mystery to whimsical fantasy. These results invariably lead to unadulterated amazement. It is through her work as a single performer that audiences gain insight into the depth and range of this one-woman tour de force.

Las Vegas is very familiar with Joanie as she has performed at two world-famous hotels, Caesar's Palace and the Riviera Hotel in their lavish showrooms. She also co-starred in her own show with Becky Blaney, the critically acclaimed "Women of Magic," at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City


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