SEASON 9: September 2022 – May 2023


Winter Bouffon Intensives with Sophie Amieva

  1. Introduction to Bouffon and Body Mask: Celebrate the New Year with Mystère!

When: Saturday January 7 and Sunday January 8 from 10-5pm.
Where: Clinton Cameo Studios, 307 W 43rd Street Studio A in midtown Manhattan
Cost: Sliding scale, you choose the amount between: $200-$275.

This workshop is a journey into the Mystère and its endless poetry.

While the Grotesque explores our social interactions and the power dynamics of groups or individuals, the Mystère explores the “BiG” questions by provoking the imagination.

By creating and playing with masks we engage in a process of metamorphosis and letting go; a process of constant renewal made of life and death situations with everything possible in between.

All are welcome, no experience required. 

2. Advanced Bouffon: Unleash Your Folly, Grotesque and the Mockery

When: Saturday February 18, Sunday February 19, and Monday February 20 from 10-5pm, on President’s Day Weekend.
Where: Clinton Cameo Studios, 307 W 43rd Street Studio A in midtown Manhattan
Cost: Sliding scale, you choose the amount between: $295-$395.

The Bouffons seduce the audience and hold a mirror to the underbelly of human greed, power, sexuality. How do they speak such truth to power and make us laugh at the same time?

During these 3 days, we’ll address who’s in the room to set a foundation to play and then dig into the Bouffons realm. Through mask skills and games we are looking to find the Folie (the madness) that makes performers unique and memorable so be ready to be challenged, to shake your own ground, and to find the freedom to let go: you will be Magnifique!

Prerequisite: The January Weekend 1 with Sophie, prior bouffon experience, or extensive clown training. Questions? Email info@clowngym.com 


No Playing Allowed Here! a clown workshop with Michelle Matlock

When: Thursday February 2, Friday February 3, and Saturday February 5th from 12-7pm.
Where: Clinton Cameo Studios, 307 W 43rd Street Studio A in midtown Manhattan
Cost: Sliding scale, you choose the amount between: $295-395. 

As a clown and a guide in clown workshops, my current mission is to find ways to decolonize the art form. What that means for me is that I am in a continuous and intentional process of rethinking how I approach clowning. Quite often it means unlearning and reinventing some of the techniques that I have been taught, changing the language that I use and sharing the unique experience that I bring to the art form. Ultimately, it is an emotional, intellectual and spiritual endeavor that involves centering myself as an African-American nonbinary woman and not allowing my work to be a performance tailored for the white, cisgendered male view. I invite all participants to think about what decolonization means to you and to join the conversation.

In this workshop we will examine traditional clown scenes, and use them to create something new and or evolved. We will devise and show each other clown stuff everyday. In addition to that challenge we will:

  • Relish in our joy
  • Find the pleasure in being present & expressing emotions
  • Identify when the pleasure is gone
  • Accept and love our own ridiculousness
  • Develop a fun connection with the audience
  • Celebrate our debacles and triumphs
  • Embrace the unknown in order to create something new
  • Laugh our pants off!

Michelle will guide the group through acting, improvisation and clowning exercises/games that will stimulate all of the above. Bring your clown nose or don’t.