Come explore physical comedy as you enter the world of Shakespeare's clowns! Learn to blend the “wit of the Bard” and unpack Shakespeare’s language with physical expression, comedic timing, double-takes, delayed responses and more. Students will learn to find their creative voice through movement and expression, as this interactive class emphasizes improvisation, performance, and rigorous play.
Patty Krauss; Annetta Dexter Sawyer
Patricia Krauss MA, M. Div. (Teaching Artist/Co-Founder)
Patty is a dance artist, choreographer, actor, clown, director, educator, and now hospice chaplain. Prior to co-founding Artstream, she created Seize the Day! Mixed-Abilities Performance, where she was the Artistic Director, chief cook and bottle washer for 10 years. Having become intrigued with an international movement of dance artists with and without physical disabilities who took the form beyond “wheelchair dancing,” pushing the boundaries of dance, and common perceptions of beauty, grace and power, part of a new genre that flourishes today. Seize the Day! was the premiere mixed- abilities performance company in the DC Metro area for nearly a decade, performing and teaching throughout the region. She then turned her attention to training in physical theater in the Le Coq tradition, with Dody DiSanto in Washington DC, Chris Bays in NYC, Giovanni Fusetti and Matteo Destra in Italy. She performed a clown solo in the 2009 Capitol Fringe Festival, and performed in Italy at a number of venues. Patty was part of Artstream from 2005-2010, teaching in the community, serving on the Advisory Board, and as a choreographer working on the Gaithersburg Inclusive Company artistic team. She has returned as a Teaching Artist, and is currently involved in projects to develop Artstream programs in Howard County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City, where she now resides. She dances in her living room regularly these days.
Annetta Dexter Sawyer (Teaching Artist/MD Cabaret Assistant Director)
Annetta is a graduate of Rutgers University and American University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and Communications and her Masters in Performing Arts for Dance & Theatre, respectively.
She is honored to foster self-expression and self-worth with students through poetry, performance, dance, yoga, and visual arts. She has also worked for Arts for the Aging, teaching healing movement, healing stories, theatre improvisation and visual arts. Annetta feels that her well-rounded experience and understanding of the arts as a healing tool aligns well with ArtStream’s varied programming, including its military hospital program, Allies in the Arts.
Teaching Language Arts and Moving Arts for Arlington public schools, Annetta has been awarded as a poet-in-residence for The Arlington Humanities Project. She is also a member of the MCPS Teaching Artist Roster through the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and she teaches for The Folger Library’s Secondary Shakespeare Festival bringing The Bard to DC public schools. In addition to her artistic work with children, Annetta is also on the Fine Arts faculty at Trinity University and works locally in the DC region as a freelance performing artist.
Annetta is the Assistant Director/Choreographer for the Maryland Cabaret, she teaches Practicing Performance, works with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, co-teaches Theater Arts classes at The Katherine Thomas School, and gives Drama & Story-Telling classes at the DC JCC.
Annetta believes strongly in arts integration and mixed-ability integration. She is proud to work with the unique, progressively productive theatre, and exceptional organization that is ArtStream.
Online via Zoom
Proof of vaccination is required for registration. Masks are required in the venue at all times. Extensive physical touch is prohibited. Hand sanitation stations will be available.