Allan Sherman directed and developed the children's
show, "Bride of Beowulf," which toured for over
three years. He directed and developed a solo show for the
clown Gautham that toured China and Japan.
He directed "Paulsen's
Lonely Banquet," a solo show by John Paulson, at HERE
in 2005. Ross Peabody wrote in nytheatre.com, "Spanning
the entirety of human history through the use of traditional
theatrical style, dance-theatre, clown techniques, vaudeville,
and Paulsen's own pure, innocent charisma—yet simultaneously
staying intimate and small—Paulsen's Lonely Banquet
is a special treat. Funny and melancholic, it elicits a stream
of laughter while never straying far from the precipice of
a very disturbing and existential contemplation of isolation
has written three full length plays, is a board member of
the Association of Theatre Artists and Craftspeople and editor
of the ATAC Quarterly.
He is also proprietor,
with Hovey Burgess, of Roving
Classical Commedia University*
Mr. Sherman is a graduate of Ecole Jacque
Lecoq, Theatre, Mime Movement in Paris France. He was in the
original cast of "Grandma Sylvia's Funeral," which
ran for 3 1/2 years Off-Broadway. On NBC's "Late Night
with Conan O'Brien," he has been in over 41 comedy bits.
As a young performer, Sherman made his
living performing street theatre for years in Paris and New
York City. He is known for solo clown and Commedia style shows
that toured around the country and have been featured in many
festivals for over 25 years. These include the Pittsburgh
International Children's Festival and International Clown-Theatre
Festival at Ohio State University.
His "Aero Show Featuring The Star
Spangled Banner" was a critic's choice in the Los Angles
Times and received rave reviews around the country.
He was a teacher and mask maker in the
late 70's under the direction of the master of Commedia dell'Arte,
Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, at Dell'Arte School of Mime and Comedy
in Blue Lake, California. He has taught Commedia dell'Arte,
mime and clown in NYC and around the country.
As a master mask-maker and leather craftsman
he has been making Commedia dell'Arte masks since 1976 and
created the world famous Mankind Mask (the Arlecchino of the
WWF) for the World Wrestling Federation. He has traded leather
techniques and secrets with leather workers from around the
world. He had the longest running exhibition in the history
of the New York Lincoln Center Museum of the Performing Arts.
His mask making web site is www.maskarts.com.