We are an international collective of unconventional physical theatre artists that work voraciously to manifest transformative character based in clown, bouffon, Commedia dell’Arte, and vaudeville, and evoke highly imaginative worlds to tell original and outrageous stories. Our shows are funny, strange, delightful, and straddle the vastly complex and intrinsically simple. We make with unabashed inventiveness and a taste for dark comedy - compiling mounds of thematic inspiration, which is gradually chiseled away to unearth the story incubating within. Nothing human can disgust us. We walk between the beautiful and the ugly and find elements of both in each and apply this to our characters and stories. We utilize the phrase “theatrical form-warping” to describe our unique breed of physical theatre. We believe women have been undersold as comedians and strive to change that in rebellion against the prevailing male conceptualization of the comedic duo and trio.
Janessa in an artist from the Canadian Prairies. She lives and works in California at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and is a graduate of their MFA program. She crafts character teeth for professional performers with her company Necessiteeth: The Ultimate Mouth Masks and teaches theatre at Pelican Bay State Prison as co-founder of their first theatre arts program through the William James Association. Janessa has worked and studied in Canada, the Czech Republic, Bali, Egypt and the U.S.A as a performer and teaching artist. Her loves and interests lie in comedic duos, transformative character, cabaret, vaudeville, mask, mycology, the woods, and coral reefs. You can learn more about her at janessajohnsrude.com.
Co-Creator of The Seminar With Madge and Taffy
Allie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After eighteen years for reading everything that couldn't crawl away, she migrated south to attend UC Santa Barbara, where she earned her BFA in Acting and performed with Boxtales Theater Company. After a stint in the 9 - 5 workforce and the world of self-produced theatre, Allie turned her toes north to spend three years earning her MFA at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Upon graduation in 2014, she continued north to Portland, OR to join the next generation of Pacific Northwestern theatremakers, appearing with Oregon Children's Theatre and solving murders with a local dinner theatre troupe.
Currently living in her hometown of Denver, CO, Meghan is an MFA graduate of Dell’Arte International and was a faculty member from 2012-2014. She is a 2015 Creative Community Fellow. Meghan usually looses her keys, which is her commitment to bountiful creative chaos. She has worked all over the world and finds great joy in collaboration. You can learn more about her at meghanfrank.com.