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September 2, 2010

Cirque du Soleil Star Highlighted At Cabrillo Theatre Arts Annual High School Workshops
Saturday, September 25, 9:00 – 4:30 PM at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater

APTOS, CA - On Saturday, September 25, the Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department will host their 4th annual one-day workshops for high school students, Stage Door, which explores all aspects of theatre. This event drew over 90 students last year.

This year the popular workshops will host renowned clown performer Jeff Raz. Raz performed the lead character in Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo from 2007 to 2009 in both the U.S. and Japan. Jeff is the founder of the Clown Conservatory, the only comprehensive professional clown training program in the United States, now in its 10th year. He is also the Bay Area casting partner for Cirque du Soleil and the Associate Producer of Circus Flora.

A graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, Jeff has performed with Cirque du Soleil, The Pickle Circus, Vaudeville Nouveau and Make*A*Circus and in such theaters as Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Goodman Theater in Chicago, Marin Theater Company, The Kennedy Center, TheaterWorks of Palo Alto, The San Francisco and Marin Shakespeare Festivals and Lincoln Center Theater in New York. Jeff Raz explores the intersection of circus, theater and music from many different angles - as a clown, an actor, a teacher, a director and a playwright. His 35 year career has taken him from remote Alaskan villages to Broadway, across the continental United States and to Europe and Japan.

The all–day workshops, taught by Cabrillo faculty and visiting artists such as Jeff Raz, promise students a great time learning new skills and techniques in theatre arts, as well as getting to know other students interested in theatre and sharing information. Students may attend four workshops of their choice during the day.

Workshops are offered in the following areas:
Raz’s Fundamentals of Funny
Set Design
Props Construction
Unarmed Combat
Costume Design & Construction
Acting for the Camera
Voice for Musical Theatre

What: Stage Door: Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department High School Workshops

When: Saturday, September 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Registration Fee: $35 per student (includes lunch and snacks). Stage Door is open to any interested high school student. Teachers are welcome to participate free of charge when they attend with their students.

Registration Deadline: September 17

Information & Registration: 831-477-3257 or

About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world

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