Three actors in white bouffon costumes

Tear Us Loose: A Bouffon Workshop with Adam Lazarus

Join award-winning actor, director, and teacher Adam Lazarus for a three-hour workshop on bouffon. Dive into a world of hypocrisy, razor-sharp satire, and physical precision. Experience the pleasure of being present and explore the utter joy of mocking the people and institutions that wield power in society.

The bouffons travel in gangs and emerge out of the ghettos and swamps to look at and confront the mainstream world, to poke it and to unveil hypocrisy in all its forms.

This workshop is designed for actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre, this master class will challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions. 

Adam Lazarus was the artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns for ten years and is a graduate of and former apprentice to Master Teacher Philippe Gaulier. He has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto.



  • Wednesday, November 16th, 6:30-9:30pm
  • $40 to register
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  • Located at Pig Iron School (1417 N. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19125)


Space is limited for 15 students, so register soon