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Avner the Eccentric


One of the premier exponents of New Vaudeville, Avner Eisenberg is most like the European clowns of the small circuses, a performer who has mastered juggling, rope walking, balancing, stage magic, puppetry and pantomime in the service of comedy.

After studying with Jacques LeCoq in Paris and Carlo Clementi in California (“LeCoq taught me everything I know, and Carlo taught me the rest.”), Avner taught with Clementi, performed in Renaissance Faires, performed Shakespeare at Lincoln Center, had a major role in Hollywood’s Jewel of the Nile (1985), toured around the world, appeared on Broadway, and continues to teach and perform. Summers, he can be found sailing off the coast of Maine or teaching in Celebration Barn.