Here are the different possibilities to train at the White Church Theatre Project

How to enroll:

Please print and fill in the application form for the White Church Theatre Project, and send it to us with your deposit.


March 14, 2017 - June 16, 2017
10am - 2pm: Tuesday through Friday.
October 10, 2017 - December 15, 2017.
March 20, 2018 - June 15, 2018.

This intensive full time training is designed for the professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, mimes and performers wishing to give a physical reality to their own ideas. Corporeal Mime, created by Etienne Decroux, is an innovative method and precise technique focussing on the body and physical action in the theatre.

For more information on the curriculum, please refer to The Training page.

Everyone is welcome; no auditions are required. One may follow the ongoing training program for any length of time.

The Fees (Ongoing Training):
4 weeks - $690.
1 weeks - $185.
1 day - $57.


June 5th 10am to 1pm, Address:
Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Il 60657

“The Art of Modern Movement Theatre":
A Spontaneous Language, an Elaborate Craft.

This study will include gestural grammar, body articulation, counterweights, walks and displacement in space, figures of style, mobile statuary, and musicality of movement. Extracts of the repertoire of Etienne Decroux will be taught during the workshop to fully experience this unique modern mythology of movement theatre. Participants will also explore the infinite possibilities of drawing from this repertoire to create personal work.

Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum combine the experience of having been students and assistants of Etienne Decroux and having taught developed and directed Corporeal Mime for more than 30 years.

For information about enrolment, fees and location please contact:

Physical Festival


July 10 to 29, 2017: Monday through Friday, 10am to 2pm.
Presentation of the summer session creative work: 7pm, Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29
Price: $690

The summer school session will focus on the Repertoire of Etienne Decroux: “A Modern Mythology” and the “Poetic Dramaturgy in Corporeal Mime”.

Participants will study pieces chosen from the Repertoire of Etienne Decroux such as The Factory, The Trees, The Touch, The Carpenter, The Washerwoman, The Chair of the Absent One, The Prophet, Love Duet in the Park St. Cloud, A Woman like a Bird, The Meditation, The Combat, The Cunning Spirit, The Morning, The Statue, Love Duet II, The Passage of Man on Earth... and from the post modern repertoire pieces such as The Chair, The Newspaper, As I Remember, The Lost Angel…The apprenticeship of this repertoire is not only a challenging and valuable tool in the mastering of a physical theatre expression, but can become a constant source of inspiration for creation. In the history of mime, the pieces of Etienne Decroux stand unique as a sort of modern mythology of movement theatre from which performers and teachers may draw a theatrical dynamism and method for the creation of personal work.

During the summer session the training will approach the notion of a contemporary mime dramaturgy. The creative process in Corporeal Mime is called by Etienne Decroux, “La Metaphor a l’Envers” (the Reverse Metaphor): trusting the action to progressively devise a play. This process allows space for intuition and imagination. Different poetic texts will be used as the starting point to devise creative material. Technique and repertoire of corporeal mime will be the backbone of this exploration in composition. Participants will learn to establish a dialogue between the re pertoire and their own devised material.

The creative work of the summer session will be presented in front of an invited audience. The performance composition will be devised around different themes or poetic texts. Lectures, archival viewing, discussions on Etienne Decroux and on the world of the Theatre de l'Ange Fou will be part of the summer school intensive.

A pdf of The White Church THEATRE Project brochure is available here to download.

How to enroll:

Please print and fill in the application form for the White Church THEATRE Project, and send it to us with your deposit.


Private classes in all subjects related to corporeal mime (technique, improvisation, repertoire, composition…) are available. If you are interested, please contact us.


We welcome members of the public to visit and observe any training sessions.

All of our programs are flexible, and we will do our best to consider every individual need.

Where is the White Church THEATRE Project taking place?
Wyoming Valley Church,
6348 State Road 23
Spring Green, Wisconsin
53588 USA

(5 miles south of Spring Green off Highway 23).

Please contact the Spring Green and Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce for Motel, Bed and Breakfast, and camping facilities: (link opens a new page) (link opens a new page)

Alternatively we can put you in contact with people wishing to rent rooms during the Summer School period.

Closest Airports:
The closest major airports are in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. For further information please refer to the links below:

From Chicago O'Hare Airport, the Van Galder Bus has an hourly service to 800 University Av. Madison, WI:
(Look under Scheduled Services > O'Hare Airport for details, departure times, ticket prices and to buy tickets online.)

From Mitchell Airport, Milwaukee, the Badger Bus runs roughly every two hours or so to; 700 University Av. Madison, WI:
(Select Mitchell Airport as the departure point and Madison Area, UW Madison - Chazen Museum as the arrival point for details.)

if you need transportation from Madison to Spring Green, a car can be arranged to pick you up at the Madison bus stop.