For the foreseeable future, all of Avner’s trainings will be online.

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The workshop was amazing. Now everything is different on stage, it is a new feeling…wonderful.

Peter Leonhard, Germany 2006

I found that I gained more directly applicable knowledge from working with you for three or four hours than in other places where I have spent years learning.

Benjamin Corey Feinblum, Motionfest 2003

I want to thank you yet again because there has truely been a before and after and I will never be the same on stage again.

Caroline Dream, Barcelona 2006

No other workshops have given me so many directly applicable techniques to fuel the development of my art. I will be back!

Henrik Rasmussen, Sweden 2015

I learned more from your class than most of the workshops and classes I have taken in the past five years combined!

Rick Osann, high school drama techer

Read what students say about Avner’s workshops

Freeze: Fight, Flight, or Fidget

Based in the Eccentric Principles, Eccentric Performing for theater professionals is a physical approach to acting and comedy.

The workshop initially addresses three areas: balance and control of the space, meeting and establishing complicity with the audience and with partners, and problem solving as a method of working on stage. After this introduction, we will explore ways of creating material and finding character. The focus is on activating the internal emotional state of the audience and helping the actor to always be interested rather than interesting.

Avner EisenbergAvner is one of the world’s leading teachers of physical comedy. He is on the permanent faculty of the Celebration Barn Theater, Maine’s International School for the Performing Arts. He has taught Eccentric Performing and Clown workshops in the US, Switzerland, France, Germany, Finland, Spain, Mexico, and Japan. Avner graduated from École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. You may even recognize him as the Jewel from the movie, The Jewel of the Nile. Avner has been performing his one-man show, Exceptions to Gravity, for over 30 years.

This intriguing workshop will give participants a firm grounding in physical comedy techniques. For the working professional this is a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at old habits and hone advanced skills.

Training for Teachers

Based on Avner’s exciting work with actors and comedians, this workshop gives the teacher a new understanding of body language and ways to use and provoke laughter in the classroom.

“We all suffer from impostor syndrome. We await an authority who will unmask the impostor we secretly believe we are. It is this secret side that holds the key to our clowns.”

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