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Teaching Physical Theatre

60 minutes

Sunday, July 17th at

12 pm Chicago

1 pm Philadelphia

7 pm Italy


Have you ever been curious to know what it is like to teach physical theater? Join us for a conversation with the academic leaders of three physical theater programs from around the world to hear how they lead with a more physical approach to training students. The panel will be moderated by Co-Artistic Directors of Physical Theater Festival, Alice da Cunha & Marc Frost.



QUINN BAURIEDEL, Program Director and Associate Professor, Pig Iron School/University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Quinn Bauriedel is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, designer and creator, primarily with the Obie Award–winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. Bauriedel worked alongside Joe Chaikin, founder of the Open Theater, during a two-year creation process for Shut Eye, an original Pig Iron work that premiered in 2001. 

Bauriedel grew up performing and playing in a youth orchestra, but it wasn’t until he lived for a year in Bali, Indonesia, on a Luce Fellowship that he began knitting together the worlds of theater and music. Those two performance languages have been central to his work as a theater-maker and teacher.

Bauriedel has taught courses at Arcadia, Dartmouth, Princeton and Swarthmore universities. Additionally, he has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including at Brown, Harvard, Ohio State, Stanford, Wesleyan and Yale universities, as well as at University of California San Diego, University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia, among many other institutions in the U.S. Internationally, he has taught workshops in Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Maldives, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Thailand. 

MICHAEL BROWN, Program Director, Acting and Contemporary Performance Making MA/MFA, Columbia College Chicago (in association with, Chicago, IL, USA


Michael Brown is a graduate of LISPA and taught there for nine years. He has appeared in and directed numerous theatre productions in the United States, United Kingdom, and China. He created a physical adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts for AFTEC theatre company in Hong Kong, China. Michael has also performed in feature films including Dark Shadows and World War Z and has served as a movement artist and trainer for the international phenomenon War Horse and for the feature film Gravity. He is the co-founder of ShadowApe Theatre, a critically-acclaimed experimental theatre company based in Indiana with whom he devised, produced, and performed over eight seasons. 


PAOLA COLETTO, Pedagogical Director, PadovArts Academy, The Academy for Theatre Creators, Padua, Italy


Originally from Padua, Paola has the distinction of being one of 40 students in the 50-year history of the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq who have been certified as a pedagogical specialist under the direction of the school’s founder Jacques Lecoq. 


She holds degrees in Classical Studies and Architecture, design and textile work. She was also certified as a personal trainer and bodywork professional in massage and nutrition balance. She studied the holistic practice of art therapy in theater, painting, and sculpture and recently completed her certification as Mental Coach with a specialization in Art, Sport and Business.

Early in her professional journey, she was a successful small business owner in the sports and wellness sector, then her seasoned and diverse career has brought her from the world of sports, as a successful medal-winning athletic trainer, to coaching and consulting chief executives of American and Italian businesses.


In the arts, she has held positions in the fields of acting, producing, directing, teaching – having worked in Italy, France, England, Scotland, Spain, Poland, Israel, New Zealand and the United States, in addition to managing and founding organizations from small theatre companies to arts organizations that have supported professional training centres for artists, including her own production company that has implemented a variety of multimedia projects. In Italy she co-founded with Giovanni Fusetti and Sean Kaplan, the international theatre company and school “Kìklos Teatro”. The school was awarded the Gemini d’Oro for Best Show at the ROMA TEATRO Festival’ for Italian Theatre Schools.


In 2004, Paola relocated to Chicago, and since then, she has created a wide net of collaboration in teaching and directing, as well, partnering with many universities and various theater companies. In 2012, ready to restart a new school, she founded The School for Theatre Creators, where she led a faculty of teachers with a wide diversity of experience in acting, directing and writing. During this period, she was able to create an international training ground for artists and individuals who strive to live life to the fullest and her work is highly regarded and sought after in theater circles, with her unique programming providing opportunities for participants in both USA and Italy.

In 2018 Paola moved the school back to Padua -Italy, where it all began…..once upon a time…!

NED BRAUER Teacher, PadovArts Academy, The Academy for Theatre Creators, Padua, Italy


Ned is a performing artist and educator.  He is a graduate of Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and holds a Bachelor of Arts from California College of the Arts, with a specialization in installation.  He completed the pedagogical year at The School for Theatre Creators in Chicago in 2014 and joined the teaching staff upon graduation.  He has performed in shows of his own creation as well as with companies in the states and abroad, including the Alley Theatre in Texas, The Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, Hoipolloi in the UK, Theatre Grottesco of Santa Fe, among others.  He is a founding member of Playwright’s Theatre of New Jersey and a member of Equity.

JULIE DOUGLAS Head of Arts Engagement/Full Time Faculty Dell'Arte International

Julie Douglas is an actor, deviser, teacher and clown. She is Head of Arts Engagement and Full Time Faculty at Dell'Arte International. Before returning to Dell'Arte last fall, she spent 11 years in the SF Bay Area performing with companies such as We Players, S.F. Shakes, Idiot String, Cutting Ball, Impact Theatre, Shotgun Players, as well as in clown cabarets and festivals of devised performance. Julie has been a medical clown with the Medical Clown Project, connecting and playing with youth and elders at a variety of facilities. She was on faculty at the American Conservatory Theater (MFA, SFS, Studio A.C.T.) and St. Mary’s College Theatre Program as well as a teaching-artist with a variety of Bay Area schools and companies from youth to adults. Before moving back to California, Julie made theatre in Chicago as a company member of The Moving Dock Theatre Company/Chekhov Studio Chicago and performed and studied with various Chicago companies. She is a certified Michael Chekhov Technique instructor and is in her final year of training with Soma Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota to become a certified Alexander Technique teacher. She has trained and performed internationally in Italy, Russia, and Bali. Julie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a 2010 alumna of Dell’Arte International’s MFA.

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