Fundamentals of Physical Acting – 6 Saturdays, March 21 – April 25, 2020

We all know there is power in the embodied actor – but how do we become that actor? The secrets lie in economy of movement, coordination, breathing in the rhythm of the action, precision, phrasing, punctuation.

This is a 6-week exploration of the foundation you need:
To move well
To create characters
To liberate your imagination

The class offers gentle yoga-based exercises, mask work, an introduction to two-person improvisation, and ensemble building. The tool of the neutral mask helps participants to find their personal ability to change, which opens the door to freedom as a performer.

Six Saturdays, March 21 – April 25
Two sessions: Morning (10:00 – 1:00)
or Afternoon (2:00 – 5:00)

Where: Crown Hill Center
9250 14th Ave. NW
Seattle WA 98117

Who: Anyone who is serious about acting will benefit from this fundamental approach.
Those who have worked with Arne before will deepen their experience,
and have the opportunity to explore new themes.

How much:
$180 (for 18 hours instruction)
$150 (Early Bird – to March 4) – this is a correction from original email!

Please let us know if cost is a barrier, and we will work with you

If you wish to use PayPal to register, click here (please add $5 to your payment to cover processing fees):

Or contact: for details on paying by check

Upon registration, we will confirm whether you wish to participate in the morning or afternoon session. If you should find, say, that you are unable to make a particular morning session, you are welcome to join the afternoon class that day to make up the material. The curriculum will be the same in both sessions.





September 7 – 8, 2019 Master Class in Neutral Mask
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
Crown Hill Center
9250 14th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117

“Rid yourself of yourself… to find yourself.” The Neutral Mask is one of the most powerful tools ever devised to help performers access their radical innocence, a state of freedom from personal psychology and cultural conditioning. Engaging with the Neutral Mask is a deep dive, but a profoundly liberating one.

To register, use Donation button on Contact page ($95 Early Bird to September 1, $125 thereafter). Or contact for details.

July 13-14, 2019 Total Theater Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
Crown Hill Center
9250 14th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Essential tools for professional and emerging directors, teachers and theater creators. For two intensive days, Arne will guide participants through the essentials of approaching physical theater in all its manifestations.

Day One: Working with the Performer
Day Two: Working with Story

To register, use Donation button on Contact page ($95 Early Bird to July 1, $125 thereafter). Or contact for details.

April 2019

Having a great time directing Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria, B.C.  Terrific cast – and what a play!

Blue Bridge – Happy Days

January 2019

Looking forward to visiting drama schools in London and attending performances at this festival of physical theatre:

London International Mime Festival

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

The New York Comics
& Picture-story Symposium

Arne Zaslove:
From the Art of Italian Commedia
to the Art of Cartooning
and Stand-up Comedy.

Almost 500 years ago, a satirical, acrobatic kind of theater spilled into the streets of Italy. Commedia dell’Arte featured professional actors on outdoor stages, improvising on well-known scenarios that mocked the social hierarchy of the time. The actors wore leather half-masks distilling stock characters (the miser, the Doctor, the clever servant, the braggart soldier), and women made their appearance on stage for the first time.

Commedia spread through Europe, and its influence was felt by Shakespeare and Moliere, and eventually seen in English panto, Music Hall, burlesque, silent cinema, circus and today’s standup comedians.

Arne Zaslove has been exploring the expressive physicality of Commedia in theater productions and classes for the past five decades. Arne demonstrates the stock characters, using his own extensive collection of authentic leather masks. He then goes on to show, with visuals and film clips, how the paradoxical archetypes of Commedia continue to live in our popular culture. Lively and irrepressible, the spirit of Commedia is as fresh now as it was when it first appeared.

As a student at Carnegie Mellon, Arne Zaslove met the brilliant and mercurial Commedia dell’ Arte master Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. Arne’s apprenticeship with Carlo started with the immortal words: “You want to learn? Here, carry the bags!” Carlo later headed west and founded the Dell’ Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. Arne headed east, winning a Fulbright to become the first American to study at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Having imbibed deeply from the European traditions of mask and physical theater, Arne gained inspiration from approaching Shakespeare as a living playwright, and from his own passion for American popular culture. These influences have fueled a directing career marked by the physicality and imagination of Arne’s productions, and a parallel teaching vocation that has launched several generations of students into successful careers in theater and film.

Arne’s work has taken him from the National Theatre School of Canada to the Stratford Festival in Ontario and Cirque du Soleil, with stints at Seattle Repertory Theater, his own Bathhouse Theatre in Seattle, and countless theaters and training programs throughout North America and Europe. More recently, he has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.​


Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 at 7pm

The 220th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave. Room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.



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