Testimonials for Sublime Stupidity
Red Nose Clown Workshops
A&D Counselor at Community Works
For anyone considering attending, just know that I seriously consider this to be one of the most profound classes I've ever taken in my life. It (along with the teacher) deserve a love letter.
I signed up intending to learn a little about clowning, but I came away with the feeling I'd gone through a transformation. In a way, it was a soul retrieval. But instead of a steady drumbeat, it was the laughter of my classmates and the careful attention Liz held for us all that revived a lovable and comedic part of myself. I compare all classes, workshops, therapies and healings to this weekend, and they all fall a little short.
Liz is a powerful (and unsurprisingly now world renowned) teacher, and these workshops in the states are becoming a rare thing in the States...
Performer and devised theater creator
My favorite part of the (Sublime Stupidity) workshop was the voice work segment. Getting to put a voice to my clown was when my understand of my clown character deepened. Through the voice work, Elizabeth not only helped to free up my clown, but she helped to give a voice to certain parts of myself that needed to be heard.
Doing "Sublime Stupidity" with Liz has been an intense and touching two-day workshop. Her students were met with immense delicacy. From the fun excitement of the first day, all the way to the deep and fragile work on oneself, which roused us all the way through to the end of the training. The hours went fast and filled us with tears and laughter. The group's chemistry was pretty powerful.
Elizabeth is the kind of teacher who is able to fearlessly put her good human qualities in her work. Such as her sensitivity, her strength, equivalent to that of a super-party leader, matched by her care for small things all while keeping the bigger picture in sight, and lastly her attention to individual needs.
What she offers is precious and unique. The most beautiful thing is that she offers it with love! Priceless!
For someone totally new to the world of clowning and performance art, and a little bit uncomfortable about my body, I found the Red Nose workshop extremely accessible, welcoming, and useful.
There was no wrong way to move or wrong thing to do with my body, yet the workshop was cleverly structured and focused.
It improved the way I look at my body and my own movement, and how I perceive others. Liz's insights and observations were excellent, and watching other people's clowns emerge over the course of the workshop was completely fascinating.
Months later, I still think about the workshop and let my clown come out every once in a while, and I would recommend the workshop to anyone, and I'd happily take another one someday!
Award-Winning Theater Artist
I HIGHLY, WHOLE-HEARTEDLY, and EXCITEDLY RECOMMEND attending this - or any other - workshop led by the incredible teacher and human being, Elizabeth Baron!
As well as working extensively with Liz in many creative collaborations on many of mine and our shows over the past 8 years, I took this specific workshop with Elizabeth Baron last fall, and was profoundly impacted on so many amazing levels by her powerfully intuitive guidance, skill, sensitivity, power, and grace as a teacher.
I am a VERY discerning (one could say "picky") person when it comes to allowing someone to guide and support me on and through any kind of theatrical and sacred and artistic journeys... And I ALWAYS feel in extremely safe hands with Liz, and go on a powerfully transformative adventure, as an artist, creator, and human as a result of working with her.
If you have any attraction and movement towards anything I am saying or that you feel in this post I say: 'Trust that 'movement towards this and JUST DO IT!'...
International Circus & Theatre Artist
I've taken Liz's red nose workshop 3 times - cause it's just that good. I'd take it again tomorrow... or when I'm 65.
As a teacher Liz has nigh super-natural powers of listening and guides students of all levels "down the rabbit hole" to explore the richest parts of themselves and transpose it into moving theater performances.
She has been one of the most important influences in my development as an artist. I've had breakthroughs in her workshops that have completely exploded my expressive ability both as an artist and as a person.
Julie Feinstein Adams,
Writing Therapist, Book Doula, Purpose Mentor, Writer & Editor
I just took SS1 for the first time this past weekend in Santa Cruz and let me tell you... it was AWESOME! Elizabeth Baron is such a lovely teacher and human; she carries the transmission of the lineage beautifully.
The class is fun, and stretchy. Playful and transformative (shhhhh, don't tell anyone about that part). It's like she pulls the clown right out of your body. I would take this class again, especially to have my clown meet YOUR clowns. Looking forward to when Liz plans a Sublime Stupidity 2!
Performer, Clown, Social Presencing Theater Teacher, NLP Marin Practitioner
Do you like to laugh? Well get ready, because you would never have thought it possible to laugh that much in a weekend. Have you ever thought it could be possible to find yet another spin on your woes and actually laugh at them, and at the same time finding healing in the process...?
Amazing workshop... I had so much fun with myself and with the other clowns, such a tender work, so real, so vulnerable and so sublime!
And Liz, one of the best clown teachers I've ever had, brilliant, funny, so gentle and so strong at the same time. I highly recommend this work to anybody that wants to take their stupidity to the most real level.
...don't think twice, come and discover for yourself. I think you will fall in love with what you find. I'm telling you because I did.
Artist, Teacher, Performer, Clown (Slovenia)
Delavnica od Liz je totalno huda. Sli boste tja pa prsli drgacni nazaj. Vejetno boste tut mutiral!! (The workshop with Liz is like an orangutan with wings. Don't ever miss it!!) ......Thanks Elizabeth Baron. The best clown teacher in the world.
Karen Anne Light,
Actress, Physical Theatre Artist
Seriously. Just do this. Don't miss it.
Many of Liz's students travel from as far as Italy, South Africa, Australia just to work with her. There's a reason for it: she's *amazing* and she is offering something unique and special that no other clown teacher is offering. I can't say enough about Elizabeth Baron's impact as a teacher, director, and theatre artist.
I strongly recommend studying with her--for actors, clowns, performers of all kinds, and really for anyone who wishes to experience flow, healing, freedom, and surprising, spontaneous creative expression and wild fun!
Therapist and Adoption Specialist
I loved the Red Nose Workshop with Liz Baron! I have never taken a Red Nose workshop before nor have had much theater experience but Liz's teaching style made the work extremely accessible to even the novice actor like myself. Liz has a remarkable ability of creating a safe space for the exploration of one's material to emerge while also encouraging you to dive deeper and fully embody the process. I highly recommend this workshop and can't wait to attend more with Liz in the future!
"Wow! Liz guided us into some stirring and playful time in just a few hours. Everyone had the opportunity to explore their clowns. What impresses me most about Liz's teaching is her keen clown-vision. What she sees in someone is often so penetrating and clear, and it always provokes learning."
Speech & Language Therapist
I have had the extreme pleasure of getting to know Liz – and all of her talents – through many different lenses.
As a participant in two of her SUBLIME STUPIDITY workshops…….As a professional speech and language therapist working with individuals with social challenges (on the “spectrum”) ………….As a friend.
In all of these relationships, Liz has the insights, intuitions, skills and “heart” that it takes to see what others might want or need and help them to find those pieces of themselves that they may have not known they had that are wonderfully “them”.
Hands down, one of THE most FUN, intense, wild, INTIMATE, endearing, shadowy, safe, bright experiences I've ever had, over and over again. Elizabeth Baron is an AMAZING teacher and beautiful human being. I HIGHLY (insert angels singing on high here) recommended for anyone ready to fly into what's FUNNY about you AND witness others in their process....
International Circus & Theatre Artist
If you are reading this and are considering taking a workshop with Liz Baron, please do, for yourself and the world. This is some seriously life-changing stupidity she’s dish’n out and I recommend it fully 150%.
The two-day clown workshop was hilarious and profound, as well as tremendous fun... Liz took the dynamics between all of us completely in stride, supporting and challenging us firmly and compassionately.
I have been clowning professionally for many years and found this workshop to be both rigorous and worthwhile, as did my friends who were on stage for the first time.
So yeah: Red Nose Workshop?: Invaluable investment in life, onstage and off.
Joanna Rotkin of "Joanna and the Agitators",
Movement Educator, Choreographer and Performer
I loved it. I felt held and I felt totally engaged in the work, and I feel that you have such a gift for bringing out each person's soft spots and gently bringing them to the surface, beautiful work. The best performance I have seen in a long time… What a lovely, exciting, fun, brilliant workshop you brought to us.
Thank you again for leading us through this most amazing work. I've never had this much fun learning so intensely. You are gifted in recognizing and encouraging the playful aspects of each person and in getting the group to engage meaningfully with each other. I experienced insights into myself and my relationships that astonished and explained so much – much more than therapy or any other method of self-exploration! I can't thank you enough for bringing your wisdom and compassion to bear on the human vulnerability we all share.
Senior Teacher, The Dharma Ocean Foundation
Liz is a powerful, insightful, compassionate and incredibly keen warrior. A true teacher. I love her.