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Hawai`i Public Theatre and Spymonkey UK 
2021 ZOOM in with Aitor Workshops 

Preference given to Hawai`i residents

*Devise short videos for social media

*Observers worldwide invited to attend

*Small group of working actors

***Email: if interested

Hawai`i Public Theatre and SPYMONKEY UK  

Sun, Surf, Physical Comedy/Devise New Work Bootcamp, 2020
Physical Comedy Intensive with Master Teacher Aitor Basauri

January 18th - February 26th, 2020 

(Over Two Weekends: Saturday, January 18th-20th & Friday, January 24th-26th)


New Venue: Leeward Community College Theatre (Downstairs)

96.045 Ala Ike Street

Pearl City, HI  96782


World-renowned teacher, Aitor Basauri will hold a two-weekend intensive on physical comedy and devising your own work in sunny Hawaiʻi. Aitor Basauri’s Physical Comedy + Devise New Work Boot Camp, will guide you through your own work with the intelligence and support of a teacher who has created his own theatre company, Spymonkey, UK. Aitor has taught with the great Philippe Gaulier in Paris and performed with Cirque de Soleil. The lucky attendees will find the delight in their own ridiculousness, discover comic gold, and learn how to make their funny selves work in a structure. This could be you. Become transformed, let childhood games lift the weight of misfortune of everyday life and find out how funny you really are. This workshop is for everyone who desires to find their freedom in 'aka 'aka, laughter.

The workshops will take place on the Island of Oʻahu.

Scholarships are available, please submit an ONLINE application.

Discounts are available for any theater artists who have performed in the last year. Register by:

Eventbrite (

E-mail (

Snail Mail (HI Public Theatre. 99-040 Kauhale St., #283, Aiea, HI 96701) 

Phone (212.613.0969). 



AGE: 16 and upwards

GROUP SIZE: up to 25 participants

LENGTH: Saturday - Monday, January 18th - 20th, January 24th - 26th with a ho`ike showcase on Sunday, Jauary 26th, 2020.


  • professional actors and performers

  • undergraduate and graduate level performing artists and dancers

  • anyone who wants to generate new material for a show

  • business professionals who want to learn to be funny

  • special needs and mixed ability groups


“Aitor has boundless energy. He loves what he teaches and he loves to teach. Aitor’s easy, even temperament is as genuine and reassuring as it is compelling and empowering. His enthusiasm for what he does is evident and contagious. He approaches his students as he approaches the material … with humor, with clarity and authority, with knowledge, and with profound respect. Just as he and the other members of the remarkable Spymonkey approach weighty, sometimes perverse or tragic material with humor and a touch of grace, so to, as Aitor approaches a student’s despair or resistance or personal tragedy he applies the same humor and grace. That his professional work aligns dignity with absurdity is testimony to his genius as an artist. That he, as an artist, is dedicated to eliciting that same sensibility from his students is testimony to his depth as a humanist, - and to his commitment to education.”


“The greatest clowns in British theatre today” on Spymonkey

— Time Out

“The reigning monarchs of physical comedy,”

— Melbourne Age

“Quite rare, quite funny. Not to be missed,”

— BBC Radio4




“I do theatre because it is fun, because it makes me live life twice, and I love life! The clown lives in a fantastic theatrical world. For an actor, the clown stimulates a fresh immediacy full of pleasure and mischief. It is this brimming pleasure that fills the performer and touches an audience. The audience in turn feel they are watching something very special and unique because the clown is generous, sharing with them their most intimate vulnerability, fun and unique personality.


“The performer who dares to stand before a crowd, unafraid to make mistakes and find pleasure in being wonderfully silly will reap fruitful rewards. In Spymonkey, we strongly believe that it is in this moment that the seed for the best performances can begin. Once up there in front of the audience, that pleasure will take you from one funny mistake to the next, always happy, always optimistic to be playing in front of the audience. By being joyful, playful, curious, mischievous and full of fantasy you will find funny opportunities.”

Physical Comedy/New Work INTENSIVE Boot Camp

What is the Boot Camp?

In the Spymonkey Boot Camp, you will learn to discover what makes you funny, hone your skills and practice making an audience belly laugh! Through clear and specific instruction, Aitor will support you to develop and hone your comedic skills in a safe and fun environment. This positive group dynamic will allow you to focus on following your impulse, being adventurous and taking risks. You will learn how to shine as an individual, work your material and improve on every spontaneous opportunity. You will play games, do exercises developing trust and complicity with the group. In this atmosphere of trust, discovery and revelation, you will be devising and showing your new material. Be prepared to find the pleasure in your own ridiculousness, stay optimistic, discover your comedy gold, and get ready to laugh until your face hurts.


Technically, there are many other engines to make people laugh: status games, parody and improvisation. In Spymonkey’s workshops you will touch on all of them, creating an enjoyable and revealing atmosphere to discover the unique way in which you’re funny.


You will learn how to begin to trust your instinctive and spontaneous self. We will teach you technically how to make people laugh through status play-offs, parody, improvisation and many more games and exercises. All the sessions will be about creating a fresh, trusting and highly enjoyable workshop in an atmosphere of revelation to discover you’re funny.


Master Teacher Aitor Basauri arrives in Hawai`i from sold-out performances in SpyMonkeyʻs comedy, HYSTERIA at the Straz Center, Tampa, Florida, 2019.

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