The Clown SchoolThe mission of Los-Angeles based The Clown School is to bring laughter and joy into the world and to promote extraordinary theatrical events. Our classes, productions, outreach, international partnerships and special events are all dedicated to a celebration of the expressive potential of live theater. We anchor our work in the discipline of clown because we believe that clowning embraces and celebrates the totality of human experience and offers unparallelled freedom in art. We love to play.
The Clown School was formed in 2007 by David Bridel and Orlando Pabotoy; classes are currently taught by David, Zach Steel, Mike Funt, award-winning clown Phil Burgers aka Dr Brown, and Virginia Scott, a Chris Bayes certified teacher. We offer the highest quality of clown training to actors, performers, comedians, and participants from all walks of life, including doctors, teachers, healers, film-makers, and students. We have successfully “graduated” legions of new clowns, including many members of the multi-award-winning company Four Clowns. We’ve won widespread acclaim for our classes, described as “truly spectacular and unforgettable” in the LA Stage Times and “unbelievable – the best work I’ve ever seen” by comedian June Diane Raphael. While our home is Los Angeles, we’ve traveled to China, Australia, Turkey, and Brazil to spread the gospel of clowning. We are officially partnered with Four Clowns in LA, The Stanislavsky Institute in Sao Paulo, and Improv First in Beijing. We’ve also begun to bring world-renowned artists to Los Angeles to enrich our theatrical culture, including clown masters Philippe Gaulier, Aitor Basauri, Norman Taylor, and Paola Coletto.
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