August 12, 2016

Zoom Classes

  • Winter/Spring session: Jan 12 through May 25, 2021.
  • Classes every Tuesday 7:30-9:30pm EST on Zoom, plus special programming.
  • Taught by different exciting teachers each month.
  • Advanced registration including payment is required.
  • How do you register? March signup!
  • There will be a new signup sheet each month. 
  • I’ll confirm by email if you have a spot or are on the waitlist. 
  • Cost: pay what you can. Suggested class cost is $20.
  • Payment accepted through Venmo and Paypal after registration is confirmed. 
  • Max class size: 15.
  • Zoom link will be shared after payment. 

Have a request for a special guest teacher? Have other questions? Email!

BIPOC Exclusive “Power of Play” series with Michelle N. Matlock!

Sundays 3-5pm ET
Jan 17, Feb 21, March 21, April 18 + May 16
Take 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5!

Register here for the series with Michelle!

This workshop series invites Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to exercise our freedom to have pure joy through the creative Power of Play. Too often as BIPOC clowns, actors and creatives, we are the only one in a cis white male dominated creative or learning space and the filters that we have been conditioned to “put on” can suppress our most inspired ability to discover and create at our full potential. Power of Play Workshop, BIPOC Exclusive is an opportunity to dive head first into our right to fully relish in our creative delight and playfulness! 

March Workshops

Tuesdays March 2 + 9: TRICKSTER with Mike Funt

Explore the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in Trickster mythos, in Mike Funt’s: TRICKSTER. Utilizing several art forms through the lens of Trickster traditions and mythologies from around the world, come play in a realm where the artist is there to disrupt, mock, provoke, and entertain: the realm of the Trickster. These archetypal figures have served as leaders in communication and healing since our cultural beginnings. They feature as prominent parts of story-telling, tribal rituals, performing arts, and ceremonies in cultures all over the world to entertain and amuse, but also provoke and unsettle. They control through chaos. They give, and they take. They flatter you, and they mock you. They are ridiculous and sublime. 

Register here to play with Mike!

Mike Funt travels the globe performing and directing as a clown, actor, director, and teacher. Funt has led workshops in clown, mask, improv, and circus arts in China, India, Japan, England, France, Brazil and all over the U.S., with his home base at The Clown School in Hollywood. Funt is also a regular performer in the theatre, in the circus, theme parks, cabarets, comedy clubs, and through the relief efforts of Clowns Without Borders and medical clowning. For years, Funt served as the Artistic Director of the internationally-touring, multi award-winning clown troupe Four Clowns. He also works with the advisory board of Dr. Stuart Brown’s National Institute for Play. Funt was trained and certified in Laughter Yoga with Dr. Madan Kataria. Additionally, Funt is a Mentor Leader for PlayMatters!, a committee of the Southern California Advocates for Every Young Child. He formerly taught at the San Francisco Comedy College and served five years as head of the Theatre Department for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.

Special Event: An evening with Sue Morriso

Special Event: An evening with Sue Morrison

Thursday March 18 at 8pm EST

Register here to join the zoom room. Free, although a $10 contribution is appreciated.

Clown through Mask is based on the Native American concept of clown, which is, “If you ever faced all directions of yourself at once, you could only laugh at the beauty of your own ridiculousness.”  But how do we get there?

Sue was the protégé of Richard Pochinko, the creator of Clown through Mask, and with her experience in improv and puppetry, she has built up and enriched the work.  Teaching and co-creating and directing over 30 shows around the world has brought the work into many different cultures and languages. 

This forum is an opportunity to examine and discuss the evolution of this work as it pertains to the world as it is.  Sue sees the work as the building and expression of a personal mythology that goes beyond the limited idea we have of ourselves.  We need to build a clown who speaks to today, that is not just a collection of gags, but an archetype that reveals the profound essence of the performer.  Sue will speak about the work and then open it up to discuss any curiosities and questions from the audience.

Tuesdays March 16 + 23: “Virtual Playground” with Shannan Calcutt

Study with the amazing and inspirational clown master Shannan Calcutt of Cirque du Soleil’s ZUMANITY fame! Play big, risk gloriously and fail better. This class was workshoped and designed to be experienced virtually. It’s time to bring the playground into your own home where all the props, toys, and costumes you often wish for in the studio are suddenly at your disposal. Participants must explain to housemates ahead of time that they will be noisy, move throughout the house and be free of inhibitions. It’s recess for grownups! A chance to play, get moving, let loose, be silly and make genuine connections with other fabulous fools. Common side effects include (but are not limited to) feeling more alive, awake, joyful, connected, playful, confident, hopeful, present and creative.

Tuesday March 30: “Virtual Playground + Text!” with Shannan Calcutt

In this smaller class, Shannan will send participants a short script and cast list in advance. You’ll have a few days to review your lines and stage directions and can adjust as you wish for zoom. If you want to memorize your lines, well, that’d be pretty spectacular! Then you’ll have a little more freedom to abandon the script. As always, we must set the rules before we break them. This is a fun opportunity to experience how clowns approach text. For 12 participants.

Register here to play with Shannan!

Shannan Calcutt is one of the world’s leading instructors in clown and play. A multi-award winning performer and instructor, she has conducted workshops throughout Canada, Australia, Europe and the United States. Her critically-acclaimed solos shows, The Izzy Trilogy, won dozens of 5-star reviews and were broadcast in full on CBC Radio and Canada’s Bravo! network. CBC declared her, “a national treasure.” Calcutt has performed for millions of spectators as a lead clown in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity. She is also comic act designer and acting coach for Cirque du Soleil as well as Berlin’s Friedrichstadt-Palast, the world’s biggest theatre stage. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Dramatic Media (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance (University of Victoria) and is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.  Shannan is fluent in English and sarcasm.

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Season 7 2020-2021 Zoom Teachers + Workshops

Sept 15 Season 7 kick-off with Clown Gym director Julia Proctor!

Sept 22 + 29 “Punching Up:” Clowning for Social Justice with Omari + Spark

Oct 6 +13 “Power of Play” with Michelle N. Matlock

Oct 20 + 27 “I’m with Stupid” with Geoff Sobelle

Nov 10 + 17 “Clown In The Wild” with Ralf Jean-Pierre

Nov 19 “Power of Play” BIPOC workshop with Michelle N. Matlock

Nov 24 “Accidents Will Happen! with Hilary Chaplain

Dec 1 + 8 “Funny For A Minute” with Aitor Basauri

Dec 15 “Play with the Boss” with Julia Proctor

Jan + Feb Special 6 Part Series: “It’s Not About the Banana” with David Shiner

Jan 12 “Joy with Julia” with Julia Proctor

Jan 19 + 26 “Daddy, daddy, look at me daddy!” Bouffon with Sophie Amieva

Feb 2 + 16 “Playing Yourself” with June Fukumura

Feb 9 + 23 “Why Stop the Music?” with Meredith Gordon

Fall Clown Gym teachers: Julia Proctor, Spark, Omari Soulfinger, Michelle N. Matlock, Geoff Sobelle, Ralf Jean-Pierre, Hilary Chaplin, and Aitor Basauri.
Fall zoom teachers!