Karen Hoyer

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Karen Hoyer’s mission in life is to bring laughter and a sense of humor to every situation she encounters.  She performs as Dr. Dot, the Chief Bonehead of La Rabida Hospital under the auspices of Healthy Humor, after over 17 years with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit.  She appears as a variety of eccentric characters in nursing homes with Vaudeville Chicago and she directs The Chicago Senior Clown Troupe for city’s Department of Aging.  She is a co-founder of the quarterly variety show Vaudeville at Six Corners which gives her an opportunity to share her skills in mime, mask, music, dance and puppetry.  Karen has taught hundreds of workshops at the elementary, high school and college level, including at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College!

Karen first came to Moose Camp as a “Special Guest Star” in 2011 and feels truly blessed to be a part of the returning faculty.

Check her out online at www.dots-all-folks.com

2019 Main Course: Puppetry for Clowns

Your puppet takes a breath and looks around – suddenly, magically, it is alive! Now your puppet is your partner and the challenge is to develop material. You’ve learned to manipulate your puppet, you’ve explored voices and partnering – now it’s time to tell the story. You might have a story in mind but your puppet might have a better idea and that might cause all sorts of problems. The focus will be on the relationship between your clown self and your alter-ego that comes alive in your puppet. We’ll brainstorm situations, conflicts, conversations and complications. Create a short duet with a beginning, middle and end – polish, rehearse, and perform!

Course Requirement:

Bring a puppet that you have worked with previously, one that’s beginning to have a voice and a style of movement. Puppets with mouth action – muppet style for example – will work best.


2019 Afternoon workshops:

Almost Empty Pockets – Develop Walk Around Bits (Karen Hoyer) Wed. 4:00

Costume, make-up, wig & shoes – you LOOK fabulous, now what do you DO? Here are some tips and tricks to connect and engage one on one with your audience. We’ll come up with ways to play with props that fit in your pocket – or with no props at all! This class is about brainstorming but also a chance for everyone to try out new bits.

Your Performance Critique (Karen Hoyer) I-Thurs. 1:45, II- Thurs. 3:00

Are you ready to take the next step in your solo work? You’ve created a routine, you’ve been performing it for a while, but now you’d like to go a little further? Bring in your best three minutes and get a friendly but honest response to the script, the movement, the vocal variety and the skills used. Meanwhile, as you watch your classmate’s routines, learn how to watch, how to verbalize suggestions, and what techniques to use to make it a critique and not a criticism. NOTE: Be ready to perform a 3 minute routine (not an improv). Class is limited to four routines per session. Additional people are welcome to attend and observe the process.