Current Season 9, 2022-2023

Tuesday nights, Varsity, Physical Comedy Bootcamps and Clown Jams at Clinton Cameo Studios ongoing


“Dynamics of Clowning” with Jon Davison from London, October weekend intensive.

“Delightfully Difficult” with Omari Soulfinger, November weekend intensive:  “The Delightfully Difficult” is a dark comedy fusion of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and various clown methods for finding freedom in-between our masks.

“Celebrate your Ridiculousness” with Shannan Calcutt, November weekend intensive.

“Celebrate the New Year with Mystere: Introduction to Bouffon and Body Mask” with Sophie Amieva, January weekend intensive.

“No Playing Allowed Here” with Michelle Matlock, February 3-day drop-in intensive.

“Advanced Bouffon: Grotesque and the Mockery” with Sophie Amieva, February weekend intensive.

Season 8, 2021-2022

Tuesday nights at Molloy Studios, My Room, and Clinton Cameo Studios

Led by Julia Proctor with special guest teachers:

“Character Study” with Joanie Drago

“Dancify That” with Sarah Peterseil

“Don’t Should on Yourself” with Omari Soulfinger

“How To Be An Idiot” with Kate Owens

“Daddy, daddy, look at me daddy” Level 1 Bouffon weekend intensive with Sophie Amieva

“In the Making” Level 2 Advanced Bouffon Series with Sophie Amieva

“Comedians Make the Best Actors” with Ralf Jean-Pierre

“Movement March” with Marissa Molnar (mime), Navarra Novy-Williams + Julia Proctor (Gaga and Play), Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (physical theatre intensive), Tracy Einstein (Alexander Technique) and Aya Tucker (Lucid Body)

“Runway” with Devin Shacket

“Exercism” with Marisa Miranda

“Play the Game” with Julia Cavagna

Launched the monthly Clown Jam!

January – May coached by Ralf Jean-Pierre, Kate Owens, Mark Gindick, Tyler West and Pedro Fabião.

Special Events:

Bouffon Intensives with Sophie Amieva: Level 1 in December, Level 2 in January

Examining Clown Lab:” a collaborative exploration of inclusivity and power in Clowning

Launched Clown Gym merchandise! New logo designed by Clown Gym member, Mike Ricca.

Season 7, 2020-2021

Tuesday nights virtually on Zoom

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

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

“Power of Play” with Michelle N. Matlock

“I’m with Stupid” with Geoff Sobelle

“Clown In The Wild” with Ralf Jean-Pierre

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

“Accidents Will Happen!” with Hilary Chaplain

“Funny For A Minute” with Aitor Basauri

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

“Daddy, daddy, look at me daddy!” Bouffon with Sophie Amieva

“Playing Yourself” with June Fukumura

“Why Stop the Music?” with Meredith Gordon

“Trickster” with Mike Funt

“Virtual Playground” with Shannan Calcutt

April with Amy G: “Timing, Relationships, Partnership and Devising”

“Party with Proctor!” Play and Devising with Julia Proctor

Sundays Jan through May: BIPOC “Power of Play” series with Michelle N. Matlock

Fall outdoor classes in Prospect Park:

Jarrod Bates

Madeleine Joyce

Marisa Miranda

Special Events:

Noses Off Webinar: what it means to be a clown who is Black in America featuring Michelle N. Matlock, Carolyn Ratteray and Omari Soulfinger, hosted by Lex Alston

An Evening with Sue Morrison: an open forum hosted by Julia Proctor

Do the Virtual Clown Show hosted by Icky Shirley Dangle! monthly January through May

Season 6, 2019-2020

Tuesday nights at Molloy Studios and My Room

Led by Julia Proctor with special guest teachers:

Virginia Scott

“Commedia dell’arte” with Chiara Cimmino and Valerio Vittorio Garaffa from Teatro del Disio

“Moment to Moment Play” with Ben Mehl

January Bouffon Intensive with Sophie Amieva

“Dada Clown” with Joel Jeske

Devising Intensive with Mark Gindick

“Object Manipulation” with Keith Nelson of Bindlestiff Cirkus

“Dancify That” with Billy Schultz

Do the Virtual Clown Show hosted by Michael Galligan and Julia Proctor, weekly March through May

Season 5, 2018-2019

Tuesday nights at Molloy Studios and LaMaMa Studios

Led by Julia Proctor with special guest teachers:

Ambrose Martos

Emmanuelle Delpech of Pig Iron Theatre Company

Chiara Cimmino and Valerio Vittorio Garaffa from Teatro del Disio

January Bouffon Intensive with Sophie Amieva

Dancify That

Season 4, 2017-2018

Tuesday nights at the Artist’s Co-op

Led by Julia Proctor with special guest teachers:

Gabriel Levey

Justine Williams

Aitor Basauri of Spymonkey

Virgina Scott

Produce workshop of Measuring in Cartwheels created and performed by Dinah Berkley and Julia Proctor, directed by Tara Giordano, supported by Dutch Kill Theatre

2018 Spring Clownathon with Sophie Amieva, Emmanuelle Delpech, Justine Williams, Virginia Scott, Lucas Caleb-Rooney, John Towson, Jean E. Taylor, Lenard Petit, Geoff Sobelle, and Jim Calder at Nola Studios

Season 3, 2016-2017

Monday nights in the Basement of Studios 353

Led by Julia Proctor with special guest teachers:

Aitor Basauri of Spymonkey

Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell from Happenstance Theatre

Produce Measuring in Cartwheels, co-created by Dinah Berkley, Mike Baeur and Julia Proctor, performed by Dinah Berkley and Julia Proctor at Project Y’s Women in Theatre Festival, June 2017

Season 2, 2015-2016

Sundays at Cap21

Led by Joe Galan-Kaiser and Owen Scott

Season 1, 2014-2015

Sunday nights at Shetler Studios

Led by Julia Proctor with Founding Clown Gym Members
Emma Simon, Alex Ristov, Billy Schultz, Devin Shacket, Owen Scott, Erin Roy, Royce Hufford, Megan Stern, Tracy Einstein, Joe Galan-Kaiser, Leslie Roth, and Erin Frisbee.

Produce An Unapologetic Mess: a clown show! at The People’s Improv Theatre featuring Julia Proctor as Icky Shirley Dangle and Devin Shaket as Chunky Cricket Discharge with lots of special guest performers.

Early Guest Teachers

Audrey Crabtree, Carter Gill, Cat Meuller, Chris Tramantana, Daniel Passer, Devin Shacket, Ilyssa Baine, Jarrod Bates, Joe Galan-Kaiser, Joe Tuttle, Lindsay Brill, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Madeleine Joyce, Michael Bauer, Owen Scott, Tracy Einstein, Virginia Scott, Zach Fine, and Zach Zucker. 

Clown Gym began in September 2014

Special thanks to Chris Bayes, who inspired it all.