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Faculty Profiles

Christel Bartelse Instructor, Acting for Film and TV

Actor, Writer, Producer, Clown, Teacher and Comedian, Christel got her start in comedy & clown with her work in the physical comedy duo, The Burnt Marshmallows in which she co-created and performed in over five feature length show including U-Haulywood and STUCK. She has participated in the Lunacy Cabaret, Toronto Festival of Clowns, Clown Chowder, SheDot Festival, March of Dames, Cheap Queers, Buskerfest, Chika Boom, the Hysteria Festival and the Circus Sessions, under UK mentor and world-renowned Juggler and Director, Sean Gandini. Christel is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, the Second City Conservatory and has studied clown and physical theatre extensively Sue Morrison, Mike Kennard & John Turner (Mump & Smoot) Fiona Griffiths, Karen Hines, Francine Cote, James Keylon, Adam Lazarus, Eric Davis & Philippe Gaulier.

As a solo artist, Christel has wowed Fringe audiences with her first one-woman show CHAOTICA, which toured Ottawa, Wakefield, and Saskatoon, won the Best-in-Venue Impresario Award in London. Christel’s second solo show, ONEymoon, toured the Fringe circuit in Canada, played at the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland for a fabulous month-long run, and was also her 2nd nomination for a Canadian Comedy award.