RECONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH A SHARED LOVE OF THE ARTS
Gale LaJoye grew up and lives in Marquette. It is here that LaJoye began and continues to study how people respond to situations and each other. Over time, LaJoye has learned how to integrate his observations into funny and poignant stories without words – stories that turn sorrow into joy and inspire us to embrace life.
LaJoye has worked to make a difference in the lives of others through his humorous and heartfelt performances. Attending Northern Michigan University he initially enrolled in pre-law. When required to take a humanities or theatre course, LaJoye chose theatre. When he discovered how plays can change people’s lives he shifted his focus from pre-law to theatre. His initial dramatic roles were in Chekov’s Three Sisters and as the lead, Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest. Early on, LaJoye developed a reputation for portraying complex characters – characters that rely on physical humor and non-verbal communication. After college, LaJoye attended the Valley Studio in Spring Green Wisconsin, where he studied mime, commedia dell′ arte and the Japanese art of Kabuki.
In 1973, LaJoye ran off to Florida to be with the greatest show on earth – Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. While with the circus, he mastered the art of gesture, silent communication and poignant short story telling. Within four years, LaJoye became “Boss Clown” – one of the highest honors in circus tradition.
In 1979, fate dealt Gale LaJoye a crushing blow. After a car ac