Core Values

-- It’s Not the Usual --


The Unteachable School is offering a 6-month Professional Training program in Devised Physical Theater. It’s not the usual. The Unteachable approach is all about helping artists achieve the impossible by uncovering something they already know yet may lack the vocabulary to express. Our Teaching Ensemble uses a team-teaching approach in order to be wholly responsive to the needs of our student body. Led by Head Teacher Marc Frost, there will be a small group of Core Teachers and a larger group of Guest Teachers from various backgrounds.


-- Get Inspired for Life --


Students can expect to be challenged to strip away their “habits” and “tricks” in order to discover their core artistic values. You will get inspired for life. Along the way, there will also be opportunities to develop tools for physical performance, devised collaboration and ensemble building. Students will also cultivate skills needed for creating ensemble devised projects and fully-formed performing companies based on both theoretical and practical applications.


-- We Meet You Where You Are -- 


It is our belief that people are called to this work at a particular moment in their journey. It could be that a seasoned professional is looking for a new approach. It might be that someone starting out on their professional path is seeking to unearth a particular vision. It could be that one who has been missing the presence of art in their life and is seeking a renewal. If the timing feels right, we are ready to meet you where you are.


-- Passing It Along -- 


The Unteachable School’s founder Marc Frost and several of its instructors went through a Lecoq-based journey where they discovered their own theatrical voice. Marc’s vision became the basis for founding his theater company, Theater Unspeakable. Now, it is our turn to pass it along to those who are seeking something other than the “usual” training. The hope is that by playfully (re)discovering one’s deep-seeded artistic values, a life-long curiosity about one’s own work and process will be ignited. And with any luck, it will be a flame that stays lit for many, many years to come.


Program Details

The 6-month program is split into two terms.


Classes are held:

Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 12 PM CST 

MSA and Circus Arts in Logan Square neighborhood (Chicago, IL)

The first 3-month term will be themed: 

(Re)Finding Your Artistic Voice


Topics will include:

  • Neutral Mask

  • Lecoq’s 20 Movements

  • Poetic Body

  • The 4 Elements 

  • Materials (natural and human-made)

  • Architecture (natural and human-made)

  • Group Devising

  • Public Space Observation project

  • Quick-Change project


The second 3-month term will be themed: 

Building the Deviser’s Tools 


Topics will include:

  • Mimo-dynamics

  • Colors

  • The Arts (painting, music, poetry)

  • Animals

  • Larval Mask

  • Expressive Mask

  • Characters

  • Group Devising

  • Choral Paintings project

  • Myth-based Storytelling project



To apply for our 6-month training program, please create and submit a video application to:


Your video should be no longer than 10 minutes and should address the following:

  1. Your Artistic Background

  2. Your Interest in the Course

  3. An Original Solo Performance based on the prompt “The Birth of the Universe”

Please upload your video to Youtube and categorize it as Unlisted. or upload it to a password-protected Vimeo link. Be sure to include the password in your application email. 

The subject line of your email should read "Unteachable Application: FirstName LastName"

Prospective students can expect to hear from us within 2 weeks of their application and video link’s submission. Decisions are made and communicated on a rolling basis.

Upon acceptance into the six-month training program, payment details will be arranged.


The full cost of the 6-month program is $5,000.00 

Financial aid and Payment Plans are available.

Any questions? Send us an email at