- 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? February 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tuesdays Feb 9 + 23: “Why Stop the Music?” with Meredith Gordon
This workshop will explore the use of music in clowning. We will use the musical qualities of timing, weight, and speed to help define your clown character. These qualities can help us understand how our clown characters are seen, heard and felt by our audience. We will also explore musicality in clown routines. How the music of our clown characters works with the music of our clown routines. Previous musical experience is NOT necessary. That said, if you play a musical instrument, you are welcome to use it in the workshop.
All levels of clowning and musical abilities are welcome.
Register here to play with Meredith!
Meredith Gordon is a circus artist, actor, and musician. He freelances as a circus artist who juggles, stiltwalks, and clowns. Last year he celebrated twenty years of medical clowning. He was a medical clown with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit and served as the Atlanta Clown Care Unit supervisor from 2012 to 2016. He is a founding member of Humorology Atlanta, which continues the tradition of medical clowning. He began working in social circus as a coach with Cirque du Monde in 2001 and continues his work as a circus educator with So Cirque in Atlanta. In 2020 he joined the board of directors for Clowns Without Borders. He is a 2019 recipient of the Tanne Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by artists.
Tuesdays Feb 2 + 16: “Playing Yourself” with June Fukumura
In this two part workshop we will invite our many “selves” or “masks” to reveal themselves to us by tapping into our psychic circus! Through structured improvisations, bio-kinetic release, and physical extensions of the body we will allow characters to emerge from our subconscious and into the arena of play. We will follow our curiosities to find what lies just beneath the surface and let our clowns test drive the masks we discover in the workshop.
“If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re missing the biggest joke.” – David MacMurray Smith
This workshop is for individuals of all skill levels, artistic discipline, and background. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in.
Register here to play with June!
June Fukumura is a Japanese-Canadian inter-disciplinary theatre artist with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University. She is currently based in Vancouver, BC. For more information visit www.junefukumura.com
June is the Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective an artist collective with a mandate to create new experimental works; provide ongoing accessible physical theatre training and experimental research workshops called Training Jams. June is also the Co-Artistic Director of Popcorn Galaxies an experimental theatre company interested in re-enchanting the everyday through unconventional site-responsive and site-specific works. Popcorn Galaxies has produced over eleven independent productions in seven years, and will be presenting a new work at PushOFF 2021 by Theatre Replacement.
Additionally, she was the Assistant Dramaturg at the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2019 – 2020 and the Emerging Dramaturg for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s MSG program in 2019. She independently produces the Nikkei Artist Mixer, the Emerging Dramaturg Mixer, and is the founder of Dyslexic Players Canada. Her artistic practice includes: experimental theatre creation, acting for theatre/film, performance, clown, dramaturgy, directing, producing, curating, Japanese language translation and language coaching, and cultural leadership.
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!
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!
Season 7 2020-2021 Zoom Teachers + Workshops
Tuesday Sept 15 Season 7 kick-off with Clown Gym director Julia Proctor!
Tuesdays Sept 22 + 29 “Punching Up:” Clowning for Social Justice with Omari + Spark
Tuesdays Oct 6 +13 “Power of Play” with Michelle N. Matlock
Tuesdays Oct 20 + 27 “I’m with Stupid” with Geoff Sobelle
Tuesdays Nov 10 + 17 “Clown In The Wild” with Ralf Jean-Pierre
Thursday Nov 19 “Power of Play” BIPOC workshop with Michelle N. Matlock
Tuesday Nov 24 “Accidents Will Happen!“ with Hilary Chaplain
Tuesdays Dec 1 + 8 “Funny For A Minute” with Aitor Basauri
Tuesday Dec 15 “Play with the Boss” with Julia Proctor
Fridays Jan + Feb Special 6 Part Series: “It’s Not About the Banana” with David Shiner
Tuesday Jan 12 “Joy with Julia” with Julia Proctor
Tuesdays Jan 19 + 26 “Daddy, daddy, look at me daddy!” Bouffon with Sophie Amieva