Bob Berky

Theatrical Clown, Actor, Director, Playwright

Bob Berky has performed as a solo artist throughout the world including major theatres and theatre festivals in London, Paris, Perth, Sydney, Belfast, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Edinburgh, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Toronto, and Montreal. In New York, he has appeared at the Dance Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center and The Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Museum, The Folger Library and The Arena Stage in Washington D.C.

In "speaking" theater he has performed numerous roles as well, including Estragon in "Waiting for Godot", Puntila in "Puntila and His Servant Matti”, Vanya in "Uncle Vanya", Richard III, Charlie in “Stones In His Pockets” and Willie Loman in "Death of a Salesman”.

Bob Berky directed movement and clowning for producer Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "Twelfth Night" at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. He was Assistant Director and movement choreographer for the Longwharf Theatre's production of "A Flea In Her Ear", directed by John Tillinger. He has also worked as movement coach for such performers as Donal Donaldson, Gregory Hines, Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Mr. Berky has taught at many universities and theaters as a guest artist and Master Teacher including The Juilliard School, Brandeis University, University of Texas at Austin, the North Carolina School for the Arts, UCSB, Smith College and the Dell Arte School of California. He has worked extensively as a teaching and performing artist with the Lincoln Center Institute.

Mr. Berky, trained as a classical musician (French horn) at the Eastman School of Music, regularly performs as a clown/musician with symphony orchestras in the United States and Canada (sans French Horn). These programs include a new version of "Peter and the Wolf", and Stravinsky's "L'Histoire Du Soldat"

Mr. Berky is an OBIE AWARD winner, received a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival for his one-man show "FOOLSFIRE" and is also a recipient of the Kennedy Center's 1991 New American Plays Award for "Cooking the World", his first play. "The Dictator's Nose", his second play, was produced in Los Angeles in 1999. He received the Sarrett National Playwriting Prize in 2002 for his third play, "The Redness Of The Woodpecker". His most recent play, “The Fourth Nail” premiered at the Jackson Hole Center for The Arts in 2009.

Mr. Berky has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Council on the Arts. For television he has appeared on PBS, programs on Disney and Nickelodeon, and guest appearances on programs throughout Europe and South America.

In 2010-2011 Bob taught Clowning and Physical Theatre in the Graduate Theatre Program at Brown University/Trinity Rep Company and performed as Reverend Parris in the Trinity Rep production of “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.

In 2012 Bob wrote a new version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” for Dancers Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which he co-directed and began work on a collaboration with the musical group Ensemble Galilei entitled “Galileo’s Lost Marbles”. He continues work on his newest play, “Burning The Ocean Dry” and a novel, “Mr. Wiggily’s Final World Tour”.

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