Michael Trautman has been studying, performing, and teaching Mime, Clown, and Movement for over 40 years. He began his training in 1976 with Steve Harris, a former member of Claude Kipnis’ company. Michael’s love of movement led him to seek outand study a wide variety of disciplines, including mime, clown, mask, improvisation, ballet, modern and jazz dance, tumbling, stage combat, and many related forms. In 1983, Michael began training with Tony Montanaro at Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine.He continued to work with Tony as his teacher, director, and mentor for the next twenty years. In 1987-88, Michael traveled to Paris, France to study at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, when M. Lecoq was still teaching and running his school.
Now, Michael is offering classes, workshops, and private lessons at his new artistic home, CIRCUS MAINE.
"The years I spent learning and working with Michael are among some of the most important in my career. The time with him opened my eyes to the world of the clown and of performance. He showed me just how much hard work and determination it takes to create what is seen on stage, and how much it's worth it with the amount of joy reciprocated between performer and audience."
- Jared Mongeau