HILARY CHAPLAIN

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BIOGRAPHY


Hilary Chaplain has been recognized as one of America’s
foremost professional physical comediennes, performing her original solo and ensemble work for over a decade throughout the US, Canada, South America ,Europe and Asia.  Uncovering the humor in everyday life, Hilary’s extraordinary work has won accolades worldwide. She is also a founding member of the New York Goofs (est.1998) appearing with them in prestigious New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Medora Musical, and on tour at Wolf Trap with Bob McGrath from Sesame Street.


Hilary is currently touring her award winning solo show A LIFE IN HER DAY.   The show has recently been presented in such places as Poland at the Arlekin Solo Puppet Festival (Grand Prize), XXI th International Theatrical Festival “Valise” (Acting Award), Havana at Aquelarre 2006 (three Awards including the Grand Prize), Anjos do Picaderio and Festclown in Brazil, at Carcajada 2005 in Buenos Aires, Clowns International in England (two awards including the Grock d’Or from the Grockland Assoc.), Anjos do Picadeiro 2007 in Brazil, at women’s clown festivals in Vienna and Rio de Janero, at El Montacargas Festival in Madrid, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, S.C., and Edgefest in Blue Lake CA. It has been performed to critical acclaim at the Faust Festival in Hong Kong, the Prague and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, and the New York International Fringe Festival (Solo Show Award).


Hilary Chaplain has just completed a 2 month engagement at the Palazzo Colombino Freiburg and 3 months at the Kristallpalast Varieté in Leipzig, Germany.  She has performed her solo variety theatre pieces at many festivals and venues around the world including Fabelhaft, a storytelling festival in Austria,  Clownin in Vienna, (female clown festival) the Festival International de Pallasses (female clown) in Andorra, and Anjos do Picadeiro 2006 in Brazil.


As an actress, Hilary was an original cast member in Bill Irwin's Largely/New York and appeared on Broadway and at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park as the Goddess Ceres in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Tempest  directed by George C. Wolfe.  Regionally, Hilary has worked with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and with Israel Horowitz’s Gloucester Stage Company.  She also played a featured role in the 1994 Oscar winning movie Forrest Gump, a lawyer on Law and Order Criminal Intent and made a special appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.


Hilary was an adjunct professor of clowning at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for eight years and has taught numerous workshops in clowning and physical comedy.  Known as "Nurse Nice", she has been entertaining hospitalized children with the renowned Big Apple Circus Hospital Clown Program® (since 1987) and has been invited to teach Hospital Clowning internationally.


A graduate of Hampshire College with a BA in Theatre Arts, Hilary has also worked with such teaching greats as Tony Montanaro, Aitor Basauri Barruetabeña, Avner Eisenberg, Julie Goell, Philippe Gaulier, Angela de Castro, David Shiner, Dick Monday, Ami Hattab, Bob Berky and Bill Irwin, to develop her unique style of performance.

 
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