Play The Game: The Art of Clowning & Le Jeu


In this 2 day acting intensive, actors will experience the legendary work of French Master Clown Phillipe Gaulier, influenced by his flagship course “Le Jeu”, meaning the game in French. 

Phillipe has long inspired the work of actors such as Emma Thompson, Kathryn Hunter and Sacha Baron Cohen.


In this intensive, actors will focus on the art of Complicité — meaning to bring your authentic self to the stage and screen. This methodology places actors at the centre of the rehearsal process, giving you a spontaneous connection to your fellow actors and the audience. The workshop will give you the tools to find impulsivity and complexity in your work, letting the text come crackling to life through the art of Le Jeu. 

“Le Jeu and the Clown state are integral to actor training.”


You will be guided through this work by Fabio Motta, who has trained under master teachers Phillipe Gaullier, Giovanni Fusetti and Zack Fines. Fabio, a well-established theatre director and actor, has previously taught at NYU Tisch, HB studio NY and the Ume Group VA. He recently won a Green Room Award for his self-devised work SPOT.


  • Work through stage and screen exercises designed to encourage sensitivity, awareness and impulsivity. 
  • Develop richness and complexity in your work. 
  • Discover effective tools for auditions and rehearsals. 
  • Find an effortless connection between fellow actors and the audience.
  • Elevate your approach to text and bring your work to new heights of creative expression. 


16th Street’s intensives provide actors with opportunities to hone their craft in celebrated techniques. We work alongside master teachers and highly trained acting specialists to deliver these unique courses to Melbourne.

Play The Game is ideal for graduates and professional actors looking to expand their acting technique and ability further. 

It’s called PLAY for a reason! Develop boldness, joy and a sense of ease in your work.