Clowning Around with Geoff Hoyle

Interview with Geoff Hoyle

Recently I spent a delightful half hour with Clown Prince Geoff Hoyle. We talked about everything – Beckett, Feydeau, wigs and the evolution of his three characters – Red Bottoms, Mrs. McCracken and Vlodiya – all of whom make an appearance in our current production, Under the Gypsy Moon. Here’s a photo of him as Red Bottoms with TZ patron.


Geoff  was the original Zazu in the Broadway cast of The Lion King and appeared off-Broadway in his solo show, Feast of Fools, and more recently in Mr. Fox by Bill Irwin and as the Dog in Tony Kushner’s and Maurice Sendak’s adaptation of the children’s opera Brundibar, directed by Tony Taccone. He trained with Marcel Marceau’s teacher, Etienne Decroux, and has clowned with Circus Flora, The Pickle Family Circus and Cirque du Soleil. His award-winning shows Boomer!, Feast of Fools, The Convict’s Return, Geni(us) and The First Hundred Years have been seen in New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, Berlin, Taiwan, England and the former Soviet Union. Regional theatre appearances include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, A.C.T., La Jolla Playhouse and American Repertory Theatre. Films include Popeye, Smooth Talk, Spirit of ’76 and Valley of the Heart’s Delight. A veteran of several Teatro ZinZanni in San Francisco, Geoff first appeared in Teatro ZinZanni – Seattle in 2007 in Love & Lunacy. This is his second appearance in Seattle.

Here it is, our first ever podcast and below is a picture of Vlodiya’s hair.


~ by Beth Brooks, Director of Communications & Marketing, Teatro ZinZanni-Seattle


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