School of Foolery

School of Foolery 

 Friday, August 4 • 8:30-3:30 p.m. • Ages 8-14 • The BCA Center
FREE! Registration Required. Click Here

 Sunday, August 6 • noon-2 p.m. • Ages 8+  •  City Hall Park •  FREE Drop-in! No Registration Required.

This year’s instructors have performed in Cirque du Soleil, starred on Broadway and Sesame Street, and have taught at the legendary Ringling Brothers Clown College. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Ready to charge your creative battery? Unleash your playful clown spirit? Learn and explore the fundamentals of circus artistry and physical comedy while embracing the power of play!

Mr. Woodhead’s School of Foolery provides a safe and supportive environment of mutual discovery that helps build confidence and self-esteem in a non-competitive atmosphere. Our world renowned instructors have mastered the world of circus arts and foolery and will guide students in creating their original material and authentic clown/fool character. No formal training necessary, only a willingness to play. Be prepared to MOVE!

Meet our Instructors

Woody Keppel • Kenny Raskin • Fred Garbo • Rob Torres • Martin Vallaro • Dominique Major

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.

Kenny Raskin
For over forty years, Kenny Raskin has been a leading physical comedian both in the United States and Europe, delighting audiences with a unique blend of theatrical pieces and clown characters. He starred as the lead clown “Everyman” in Cirque du Soleil’s NOUVELLE EXPERIENCE and originated the role of Lefou in the Broadway production of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Kenny has also performed his one-man show, THE AUDITION, in theaters throughout the United States, and on television shows in Europe and South America.

Kenny has served as an adjunct faculty member in the theater departments of Boston University, NYU, Emerson and Emory University. He is a former faculty member of Ringling Brothers Clown College and Cirque du Soleil. Kenny teaches clowning and physical comedy workshops as a guest artist at actor training retreats and performance festivals. He also continues to teach private workshops in New York City.

Fred Garbo
On Sesame Street, he was the acrobat inside Barkley the Dog. On Broadway, he was the chief juggler in the musical Barnum. He toured Europe, Hong Kong and Australia with the Obie Award-winning Foolsfire, with Bob Berky and Michael Moschen. Whether tumbling for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center or dancing with MOMIX in Brazil, Fred brings a gymnast’s timing and an actor’s presence to the School of Foolery. For more than two decades he has been inventing inflatables with artist/builder: George York.

Fred has performed on Letterman, trained and performed with the Master of Illusion: Tony Montanaro, taught at the Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine, and the Ringling Bros. Clown College.

Rob Torres
Whether he’s changing his clothes, setting the table, or just sitting down, Rob Torres has a unique way of finding the absurdity in everyday tasks. His award-winning international comedy has made Rob Torres one of the foremost visual comedians in the world today. Rob won awards at both the Monte Carlo and the Budapest International Circus Festivals and has been in great demand by top theater and circus venues worldwide for the past twelve years.

Martin Vallaro
Martin Varallo has been a performer, comedian, and teacher for over 20 years. Most recently he has performed his solo act, “15 – Love” with Cirque Du Soleil. As a teacher, he is currently giving master classes worldwide and will be holding weeklong residencies at FLiP circus school in Quebec.

Martin created “The Mat Velvet and Charlie Show” a character-driven skill and comedy show with Dominique Major, one of the world’s few female German Wheel artists.

He writes, directs and gives master classes for solo performers, small groups and circus companies alongside performing.

Dominique Major
Dominique Major has not only toured as a performer with Cirque du Soleil she has been a talent scout for them as well and is often called back for expertise. She is a German Wheel artist and also a level 3 certified international coach for Trampoline. As a coach for Canadian National team at World Championships, her athletes received Silver and Bronze medals.

As a circus artist, she has toured many different shows including Trampoline and German wheel acts as solo and duo and has the desire to share her experience with future artists and athletes at FLiP. Dominique is responsible for the elite competitive trampoline team and the different programs of the circus.

With FlIP, Dominique opens her 2nd circus and trampoline school and it is with great pleasure she offers these high-quality programs here in the Laurentians.