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Teaching Physical Theatre 2.0

60 minutes

Sunday, July 9th at

2 pm Chicago, IL

3 pm Philadelphia, PA

12 pm Blue Lake, CA

pm Italy

10 pm Lithuania


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. 

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.

AMY RUSSELL Managing Director of Dell'arte International

Alyssa Hughlett holds a BFA in acting from Texas State University, San Marcos, and an MFA from Dell’Arte International. She trained and worked for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, as an actor and education artist between 2005 and 2009. Alyssa has over 20 years of experience coaching and teaching gymnastics, and 7 years as a certified as a yoga instructor. She has been an actor with the Wharton Salon, a theatre company devoted to adapting and performing the works of Edith Wharton at her estate in the Massachusetts’s Berkshires, and has acted for Irina Brook, in adapting an original stage production of Oscar Wilde’s, The Canterville Ghost. In 2014, she was assistant to the director, Irina Brook, at the National Theatre in Nice (France), helping with an adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt with a cast of international actors, dancers, and musicians. Alyssa is a founding member and the 2017 artistic director of UpLift Physical Theatre, an ensemble founded in 2013 by an amalgam of actors, acrobats, dancers, musicians, and performers ( Their most recent work, Enmity of the People, premiered in Dayton, Ohio, at the University of Dayton, where she was an artist in residence. In addition to performing, Alyssa has been a teaching artist since 2006, and taught in over 10 U.S. states, from ages 5 through adult. Alyssa has performed locally for Ferndale Repertory Theatre, the Arcata Playhouse, Redwood Raks Dance Studio, Dell’Arte’s Mad River Festival, and she is a proud Mum.

AMY RUSSELL Founder and Pedagogical Co-Director of Embodies Poetics

Amy has taught the pedagogy of Jacques Copeau/Suzanne Bing/ and Jacques Lecoq for more than twenty years. She is also an award-winning playwright. She was a pedagogic student of M. Lecoq in 1997-98, and subsequently created a complete training based on this pedagogy under the auspices of Naropa University, the Naropa MFA in Actor Created Physical Theatre, and was Chair of MFA until 2010. She was Pedagogic Co-Founder of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in 2003, and lead teacher at this school in London and Berlin until 2017. She has taught workshops and trainings internationally, independently and for theatre schools and universities.

Amy is also a qualified and accredited Gestalt psychotherapist, a facilitator of group process for devising ensembles and an academic researcher.

She is currently pursuing doctoral research at the University of Tasmania. Her areas of research are focused on the interdisciplinary study of spatial theory and Lecoq’s devising pedagogy. Her dissertation, “Devising Lecoq’s Geodramatic Territories as Critical Spatial Practice” speaks to the possibilities that devising holds for understanding the social practice of space and the revolutionary potential of collaborative creation.

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