Blake moved to New York City at a young age to study at the Experimental Theater Wing of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. There he learned contemporary movement and physical theater techniques under numerous well regarded avant garde artists. In 2007 he chose to continue his studies at L’Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. After completing the two year program he immediately began touring in Europe with two fellow students, street performing in Italy, the Aurillac Festivale de Rue and around France and Germany.
The next several years saw Blake continue his solo street performance, perfecting the combination of mime, clown and contact juggling on the streets of New York and Paris, while creating and directing a haunted house in Frankfurt, Germany, performing at the Nespresso Flagship store opening in Paris as well as with Cirque du Soleil at Madison Square Garden and in the Macy’s Parade.
In 2012 the company he co-founded, asbestos project, was invited by the Japanese Cultural Council for a month long residency at dancebox in Kobe, Japan, founded by a member of butoh creator Hijikata’s original company. In collaboration with two Japanese butoh dancers he created the original mime/butoh piece The Infinite Bliss of the Hungry Ghost Realm.
Since resettling in New York, Blake has created work with numerous independent theater companies, focusing on original material with a strong physical component. He has also developed his variety and event performances, a regular at private and corporate events as a mime, juggler, human statue and children’s entertainer. Highlights include the World Chess Championships and appearing with Company XIV.
Blake began teaching at The Neighborhood Playhouse in 2014, since then he has lead numerous classes and workshops inside and outside of the school, focusing on Lecoq technique, devised work and object theater. He has co-directed three productions at the Playhouse, most recently Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes in may 2017.
In 2015 Blake began work as an understudy for a Principal Clown in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Pagliacci. This included assistance in the development process for silent performance alongside the singers as well as an appearance in an understudy show during the last run.
Over the past two years Blake has collaborated extensively with Broken Box Mime Theater, an independent theater company producing original mime performance. His first piece with the company, ABOVE/BELOW, presented at HERE arts center in 2015, won two Innovative Theater Awards for best performance art and best choreography. The company’s next piece, See Reverse, was present by ARTNY as part of the inaugural season at their new theater complex in Hell’s Kitchen. Theateriseasy.com called the piece “ninety minutes of pure mastery.”
In 2017 Blake will return to the Edinburgh fringe Festival to street perform and in the fall movement direct Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera at Juilliard.