School of Foolery Showcase

School of Foolery Showcase 

Friday, 3pm, Ben & Jerry’s Pitch

Come up to the Top Block at the Ben & Jerry’s Pitch to witness street performers in the making! The School of Foolery is a three-day camp taught by Woody Keppel and Michael Trautman. Students learn the art of circustry and street performance in a supportive and exciting environment. Their camp culminates in this showcase out on the street, alongside the season professionals that Fools brings to town. It’s exciting to watch, and even more exciting for the students.



Woody Keppel
Woody Keppel began his performing career with Sarah Caldwell’s, Opera Company of Boston, in 1984. He has performed his whimsical character, “Woodhead,” on stage, TV, and in films in over 30 countries for over 30 years.
Woody began his film career in 1993, co-starring in the madcap family feature, Ava’s Magical Adventure, with Timothy Bottoms and Patrick Dempsey. He has appeared in a dozen features since, and his latest, David Giancola’s, Axcellerator, is due out in the fall. Keppel has written and starred in four family videos, including the award-winning Woodhead Saves the Farm, which was picked by Sesame Street and Parents Magazine as “Year’s Best” for kids.

Woody co-founded Camp Hoopla, a music and clowning camp for kids, in Charlotte, Vermont, and has just returned from Hong Kong where he performed and taught character clowning to enthusiastic students of all ages. In 2007, Woody co-founded the “Festival of Fools,” with Burlington City Arts.