Joe Dieffenbacher





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Technique - Commitment - Tactics - Story

How to Fail Successfully

Centering, Presence and the Neutral Mask

Status: Solos, Duos, and the Clown Trio

Playing with Props

The Zanni: Commedia’s Clown

Movement, Gesture, Speech, Stillness

Text and Timing, Sound and Subtext

Full Face and Half Face Masks

Clown to Commedia to Bouffon

The Mask of the Clown: A Brief History

Making Something from Nothing

Discovering Your Clown and Devising a Show

A Pharmacist and a Clown Walk into a Bar

A Fool’s Research

Laughter, the Universal Language

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Joe is currently working on THE handbook for teaching, training and performing Clown, Commedia, Mask Performance, Slapstick and Physical Theatre.

CLOWN The Physical Comedian is a one of a kind handbook for Actors, Teachers, Directors and Designers, Improvisers, Stand Up Comedians, Circus Artists, Musical Theatre Actors, Renaissance Players, Mask Performers and Commedia Troupes. Oh yes, and Clowns.

It’s a detailed and richly illustrated compilation of exercises and games for ensemble building, character development, creating cabaret and clown routines, commedia scenes, physicalising text, vocalising movement, devising theatre and working with established scripts. These exercises have been tried and tested in classrooms, workshops and theatres all over the world.

It’s full of wise words and incisive insights by an artist who has over 30 years of experience as an actor, teacher, director and designer, working in venues ranging from house parties to nightclubs, varieté to cabaret, intimate performances in black box theatres to street performing on the plazas of Europe, from one-ring circuses to three-ring American extravaganzas, the Scottish National Opera to Shakespeare’s Globe, the London Olympics to Wembley Stadium.

Currently seeking publishers. Contact Joe for more information at

Clown: The Physical Comedian

Class Reel

Student Reviews