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I consider her to be one of the best physical theater teachers in the country.
Richard Crawford
Co-Director, Movement Theater Studio NYC

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Background & Philosophy

My Mission

My mission is to transmit my passion and expertise of the Jacques Lecoq teachings to a new generation of theater practitioners.

My Approach

I cherish playfulness and abandon while inserting rigor and specificity.

I believe in allowing for encounters between artists and my teachings. Improvisation is at the heart of how I teach. While I accompany my students to learn how to write on their feet, I push them to unlock their performance possibilites.

Each individual has a different imagination and way into their growth. I draw from a wide variety of tools without rejecting one over the other. My diverse training from The Jacques Lecoq school, my work with Pig Iron theater company and immersion in the Stanislawski method at Temple University allows for spaciousness in my approach.

I cherish the ensemble and collective creation.

Training & Education
Ecole Internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris
  • 3rd Pedagogical Year
  • Professional Course Year 1 and 2
Temple University
  • MFA in Directing
Ecole Superieur d’Art Dramatique, de la ville de Paris
  • Acting Diploma
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Emmanuelle’s teaching is equal parts curiosity, audacity, candor and heart. She is able to really see her students so that they might push beyond their own boundaries.
- Jennifer Kidwell, former student

Workshop Offerings

Physical Characters
Neutral Mask
Mimodinamique: Creating spaces with the actor's body
Clown workshops
Theater for French language students
Creating & Directing devised theater, with an ensemble of actors
Translating films/novels on the stage
Tragic Chorus
Group of colorfully dressed clown students

For Universities, Acting Schools & Studios

I teach courses and create custom workshops for universities and acting schools, of any length and depth...

from a 3-hour exploration of body awareness for physical theater...

to a 3-week deep dive into a particular area...

to developing an ensemble or co-creating new works with a company of actors (no director required).

For Actors & Directors

I teach physical theater for actors, directors, performance artists: anyone interested in a physical approach to their work.

I also serve as a consultant for directors needing to train their actors on specific styles: mime, mask work, clown, physical characters, and more.

I co-create works, as a creator and even performer. Learn more about Directing & Creation.

For All Artists

Over the years I have also taught physical theater to poets, painters, and architects

Let’s Create Something...

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