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Davis Robinson

Davis Robinson is Artistic Director of Beau Jest Moving Theater and a Professor of Theater at Bowdoin College

Davis Robinson is professor of theater at Bowdoin College, where he recently directed Sweat, The Threepenny Opera, End of SummerA Little Night Music, Measure for Measure, and Enemy of the People. He frequently directs for the Theater at Monmouth, including The Illusion, You Can't Take It With YouAntony and Cleopatra, and Our Town. Davis directed the New England premiere of Epic Proportions at the Lyric Stage in Boston. He is best known as artistic director of Beau Jest Moving Theater, an innovative troupe that has appeared at numerous theaters including two Off-Broadway runs and performances at Lincoln Center and Piccolo Spoleto. Their production ofSamurai 7.0 was nominated for a 2006 Elliot Norton award. Other productions include Motion Sickness, The Cardiff GiantTen Blocks On The Camino Real, The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde,“Krazy Kat,” winner of a Boston Theater Award, and their newest production, APT. 4D. Davis trained with Jacques Lecoq and Tony Montanaro, and is author of the Physical Comedy Handbook and the Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising.

Photo from Samurai 7.0.
Thirty Years of Collaborative Creation

Thirty Years of Collaborative Creation

19 November 2014

Beau Jest in Boston is thirty years old. Over that time we have seen several transformations, but the impulse that brought us together has never changed. We are actor-driven. We only do projects we are personally invested in pursuing as a group. We like work that is physically inventive and imaginatively staged. We like to take our time developing a piece, and will spend anywhere from two months to two years on it. We use Beau Jest as a laboratory to explore new ways of combining gesture, text, and physicality.

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