Peg-ass-us WINS in Boulder!

September 1, 2012
Peg-ass-us, won the Encore Performance Award at the 2012 Boulder Fringe!  

Read our Audience Reviews!

a sample: "With ease and grace, full wit and full frontal (well, kind of side), John and Sophie blow your mind while filling up every other space in your body with definite wonder. Skillful performers having a great time. And you will too! A must see!"

Peg-ass-us in Denver!

July 29, 2012
at work|space  (The Laundry on Lawrence) 

August 9-11, 2012, 8:00pm
2701 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205
Tickets $12, Buy tickets!

Continue reading...

Peg-ass-us at the Boulder Fringe Festival!

July 29, 2012
Peg-ass-us returns to its birthplace! Well, no - the show was born in Montreal in 2008. But it was conceived in Boulder in 2007, at the Fringe, where John & Sophie met!
August 16 - 26, 2012
Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom St Boulder, CO 80302 (at University Heights Ave) 
Tickets: $12, Student/Senior $10, 2-for-1 on 8/20 BUY TICKETS! Post a review!

Thursday, Aug. 16th, 9:30pm
Friday, Aug. 17th, 6:00pm
Saturday, Aug. 18th, 9:00pm
Monday, Aug. 20th, 8:30pm (2-for-1 tick...

Continue reading...

Learn to Play Dangerous! Safely! with John & Andy

April 28, 2012

Learn to Play Dangerous!Safely!

Jam Sessions
all five Wednesdays in May 2012 7-9pm 
Location TBD (in Manhattan)
Come together with other performers in a safe, structured environment to work-out your play muscles and play out your work muscles.  Lead by experienced teacher/performers, John Leo and Andy Sapora, the class will be an opportunity to work closely with other performers, develop partnering trust and rhythms, and most of all, just get up on your feet and do stuff....

Continue reading...

Handshake Uppercut/Peg-ass-us DOUBLE HEADER @ the Tank!

February 9, 2012
special double-header performances of 

Handshake Uppercut (7:30pm)


Peg-ass-us (9:30pm)

Fri/Sat, May 4 & 5, 2012

151 w. 46th St. (bet. 6th/7th), 8th Floor, NYC

see BOTH for $20!

Handshake Uppercut @ 7:30p
with Jay Dunn & John Leo

“Wretched! Wonderful!”
“It made me crème fraîche my panties”
- audience reviews
Two slightly perverted but naively well-intentioned mutes drag each other through life with only each other's mischievous cruelty to keep them warm. With voyeuristic vaudeville bits...

Continue reading...

John&Andy at Cirque Off!

January 10, 2012
John and Andy are gonna Spark-Up Cirque Off! We're gonna Cut-It-Up, we're gonna Tear-It-DOWN!... 

Presented by Cirque This & Triskelion Arts
January 19-21 at 8pm
(John&Andy: just Thurs/Fri, Jan 19/20)
Triskelion Arts' Aldous Theater
118 North 11th St, 3rd Floor
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
Directions: L train to Bedford Ave. Walk north on Bedford, left on North 11th St. 

Tickets: $15
Reservations strongly recommended: info@triskelionarts.org or 718.599.3577

THURSDAY, January 19, 8pm

Continue reading...

EarthdanceNYC 25th Fundraiser Photos!

December 20, 2011

all photos by Mel Lee
Continue reading...

THREE WEEK RUN! Handshake Uppercut at Dixon Place

October 10, 2011
Two slightly perverted but naively well-intentioned mutes drag each other through life with only each other's mischievous cruelty to keep them warm. With voyeuristic vaudeville bits and surrealist non sequitors, John Leo and Jay Dunn marry Beckett's existential bleakness, the Marquis de Sade's power-games, and Keaton's comedic sincerity. Both epic and infinitesimal, these gentleman comrades will laugh you out of your seat while they steal it from under you. 
Dixon Place, NYC 
 161A Chrystie...

Continue reading...

Handshake Uppercut at the NY CLOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL 2011!

September 9, 2011
Come check out new material from Jay Dunn and John Leo at the 

Amuse Bouche: A NY Clown Theatre Festival Hors d’Oeuvre

Clown Cabaret

WEDNESDAY, September 14, 2011, 8pm

Hosted by The Donovan Ensemble

Directly from their summer tour The Donovan Ensemble hosts this night of clown antics, featuring: Emmett and Merril and their popular comedy stylings. Former Ringling clown Emily Carragher in How to Catch a Man. Festival veteran Vincenzo Tortorici, doing an adaptation of Brecht’s Baden Lehrst or Mr...

Continue reading...

Handshake Uppercut at Dixon Place, NYC

June 8, 2011
The Pinks & Handshake Uppercut
How the Pinkerton Detectives defeat the Lincoln Assassins and foil the Wild Rose of the Confederacy, No. 1
Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30PM 

at Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
between Rivington and Delancey
F to 2nd Ave, J to Delancey, B/D to Grand, 6 to Spring 

Crime, capers and endless fake mustaches. It’s 1860 and the Pinkerton Detectives uncover a plot to assassinate president-elect Lincoln. Kate Warne, the first female detective, and her bumbling pa...

Continue reading...

Clown intensive in the Berkshires!

May 27, 2011

 I'll be teaching Clown (INTENSIVELY) at EARTHDANCE'S Western Mass. Moving Arts Festival 


August 4 (Thursday evening) - August 7 (Sunday afternoon)

The Clown's Job with John Leo

The Clown's Job: be seen...seeing! Zen Buddhism's Beginners Mind will be the jumping off place for this investigation into the painfully silly quality of Now. We'll play fiercely in a nurturing, gun-to-yer-head environment, listening for the unexpected in ourselves, in our bodies and in the audience. So...dip your feet...

Continue reading...

LONG-FORM Dance-Theater Improv. @ the TANK!

May 9, 2011
Ready to (Blank)

OUR LONG-FORM HOUR-LONG improvised dance theater piece!
@ The Tank, Upstairs Theatre
May 19 and 20, 2011 at 9:30!

$15 (buy tickets early it’s teeny weeny!  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176630

354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Ready to (Blank) is a highly physical improv group that creates spontaneous theater for intimate spaces.  Movement, text and sound are woven, smashed and twisted together to tr...

Continue reading...

Me & El Macho del Norte @ ¡Cinco de Maestro!

April 17, 2011
Get ready...                  

Not only is it America's favorite Mexican holiday, it's also the birthday of the Maestrosities!
That's right, May 5th is ¡Cinco de Maestro!
Come celebrate with us at Dixon Place!
A very special show, featuring very special guests:
The awe-inspiring & mystifying magnificence of The Amazing El Macho del Norte (& John Leo)!
The absurdly adorable and awesomely talented, Uke-Lola!
The magic moves and madcap mayhem of the Leroy Sisters!
The sweetly melodious and savagely com...

Continue reading...

two pieces in The Comedy in Dance Festival! (Williamsburg)

March 31, 2011

The second annual Comedy in Dance Festival!

April 15-17, and 22-23 at 8pm

Triskelion Arts is psyched silly to be presenting this unique program, a five-night festival that showcases 22 hand-selected works by an arsenal of some of the funniest choreographers, dancers, physical improvisers and clowns from New York City and beyond. Be prepared for an assault of the goofy, daring, and not-so-serious sensibilities we all secretly crave. Detailed festival schedule below.

Tickets $15. Reservation...

Continue reading...

SUPER rare chance to see El Macho Del Norte! (and his sidekick)

March 26, 2011

At the People's Circus

Sunday, March 27th

Stonewall Inn
53 Christopher Street
Continue reading...

Is "Ready to (Blank)" READY?!

March 1, 2011
a new group I'm in:

will have it's FIRST PERFORMANCE (ever!)

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Studio A.I.R.


Ready to ________
Jackie Moynahan
Stephanie Sleeper
Violeta Tellez
John Wheeler-Rappe

Doors open at 8pm and the show begins by 8:30.  
To keep the series running, we ask for suggested donation
of $5 and/or bring food or drink to the reception.
Studio A.I.R. is located at 67 Metropolitan, 4th Floor, (between Wythe and Kent) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
L train to Bedford Avenue
Continue reading...

Clown in Contact

January 7, 2011

come take this workshop at this amazing place in the Berkshires!

E a r t h d a n c e

E | MERGE Interdisciplinary Arts Exchange Workshop Weekend
February 4 - 6, 2011 


I'll be teaching: Clown in Contact with John Leo . Haven't you looked at contact improvisation and said to yourself, "this stuff is WEIRD! and really FUNNY!" In this class we'll expand on the comedic potential of contact improv.  Using extreme contrasts, timing and stillness we'll delve into...

Continue reading...

Come see a play I dramaturged for!

November 8, 2010

Off the Hook: Original Plays by Red Hook Kids

Friday, December 3 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 pm
PS 15 — The Patrick F. Daly School
71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn
Admission is free.

Off the Hook is a free program for youth who are 11 - 14 years old to write and act in their own plays. Kids learn theater basics working 1:1 with adults. Plays get finished during a field trip out of the neighborhood. There are two Saturday rehearsals then kids and adults perform the plays.
Continue reading...

Another New Project Starting!

October 20, 2010
I'll be doing a short improvisational Dance Theater-ish piece with Amy Larimer as part of a new project:
Spontaneous Vaudeville!
Scoros Torpeo Presents: House of Horror!!!

Time: Friday, October 29 · 8:30pm - 10:00pm

Location: The Panetta Movement Center
214 West 29th Street, 10th Floor

Starring: Maryanne Chaney, Elise Reynard, Jon Gundel, and Spontaneous Vaudeville
The show will be roughly 45 minutes and will be a relaxed and fun way to begin your Halloween celebrations. Come join us!!!

Continue reading...

John and Jay Dunn at the Clown Festival 9/23/2010!

September 12, 2010

I'll be performing in a Very Interesting, INTENSE piece with Jay Dunn as part of a
Hosts:  Hilary Chaplain, Audrey Crabtree

Thursday, September 23rd @ 10:30pm
The Brick Theatre
575 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
(between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street)
Subway Directions:
 Take the L train to the Lorimer stop or the G train to the Metropolitan stop and the theater is less than one block away.
Price:  $15

For information about this AWESOME FESTIVAL,...

Continue reading...

Clown Workshops at EARTHDANCE, Western Mass.

May 21, 2010
I'll be teaching "Clown in Contact" & "The Performer's Presence" at this years:
Western Massachusetts Moving Arts Festival @ Earthdance, August 6 - 8
with Angie Hauser, Martin Keogh, and Leigh Evan
plus Cynthia McLaughlin, Eric Huther, Felice Wolfzahn, Heather Kuhn, Jennifer Hicks, John Leo, Julia Handschuh

Contact Improvisation, Performance Improvisation, Contemporary Butoh plus Action Theater, Site Specific improvisation, Voice, Clown, Somatic forms, and much more!

This festival has some...

Continue reading...

CLOWN: a two-day intensive, taught by John Leo

May 11, 2010

There's a few more slots available!

"John challenges students to continually go deeper in their self-awareness, to use their emotions intelligently, and to use this power to connect with an audience."  Edy Rodewald, former student

From fancy to flop to flight, the world of Clown is full of extremes. In solo, duo, trio, and group work, we'll examine status, minimum to maximum, letting go to the moment & keeping it simple. Come play in a safe, but challenging class ...

Continue reading...

Multimedia Me

May 10, 2010
multimedia portrait by Alex Franck
Continue reading...

John's Journal Guatemala CWB

April 30, 2010

Guatemala April 2010

CWB returns to Guatemala and also ventures into El Salvador to work with children and their communities that were hit by Hurricane Stan and Storm Ida. The group will collaborate with Poyecto Payaso and Save the Children.

John’s Journal April 15, 2010

    Two days ago I was in alone in a hospital room (bacterial infection in the gut and dehydration) hooked up to an IV, making an hourly pilgrimage to the bathroom- a ten days worth of Guatemala and ...

Continue reading...

Guatemala Photos

April 29, 2010
photos by Kali Quinn & Sayda Trujillo
Continue reading...