Guillaume Barriere trained with several acting schools in Paris: the School of Acting François Florent and the School of Acting Radka Riaskova. He has also worked with Mario Gonzalez, head professor at France’s “Le Conservatoire Supérieur d’Art Dramatique” studying Clowning and Commedia dell’arte. Guillaume developed a series of improvisations with director Françoise Merle (who has worked alongside Ariane Mnouchkine from Theatre du Soleil). That collaboration led to a long running One Man Show in Paris. Guillaume was introduced to Jacques Lecoq who invited him to observe his pedagogy of theatre training, Mask work and improvisation. Guillaume also attended a Clowning workshop run by Philippe Gaulier before Gaulier moved to London. After years of theatre, television and voice-over work in France, Guillaume moved to Australia. He has since studied in San Francisco under Paoli Lacy at the Clown Conservatory, in Melbourne with Giovanni Fusetti, a master in the art of Clowning and in Sydney with the great Commedia dell’arte master Antonio Fava.
Guillaume is a regular lecturer at NIDA teaching Mask, Clowning and improvisation to first year students and is on the panel for the NIDA auditions. He has also taught Mask at AIMDA, scene study, improvisation and comedy at the New York Film Academy and has conducted many workshops at Australian Theatre for Young People.