George Lewis

George Lewis (Founding Partner, Freehold) has been working in physical theatre since 1971. He has been performing, directing, and ultimately teaching clown since 1985. His background includes intensive studies in Corporeal Mime with Etienne Decroux and at the French National Circus School in Paris; Acting with Robin Lynn Smith and Tony Pasqualini; Meyerhold’s Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov; and Clown with Sue Morrison in Toronto, Ronlin Forman at the Dell’Arte school, and a host of teachers in Buenos Aires where he currently resides. His teaching of Clown at Freehold Theatre - first begun in 2001 with UMO’s Janet McAlpin - has been a launching spot for a number of Seattle’s working clowns. His own clown work has been seen at the Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival in New York, as well as in theatres in Boston, Seattle, and Buenos Aires. He has co-created and directed five full length clown pieces in Argentina, and, most recently in Seattle, FANCY MUD with Seattle’s absurdist trio Le Frenchword.