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ABOUT CLOWN CONSERVATORY


Clown Conservatory is a multidisciplinary training program in physical comedy, precision idiocy and eccentric acting. This 24-week training program is a tilt-a-whirl of character creation and narrative clowning where the conjuring of solo, duo and ensemble work culminates in showcases for Ring, Stage and Film. Our program’s directive is to foster the super-versatile Human Cartoon.

Sara Moore | DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR

 
Sara Moore | Director of Clown Conservatory | Circus Center

Sara Moore is an award winning, critically acclaimed American clown. Known colloquially as “the Poet Clown of San Francisco,” she brings to the leadership of Clown Conservatory over three decades of experience as a performer, director, educator and deviser. Her substantial body of creative work covers the full spectrum of clowning and spans multiple media, from the big top to film and stage, including Ringling Bros., The Krofft Puppets, New Pickle Circus, Make*A*Circus, cruise lines, multiple New York theatres, regional theatre, guerilla busking and as the comic foil in huge shows for Merv Griffin, who dubbed her “The New Fanny Brice.” Hailed by critics as a “21st century Pagliacci,” her trademark Human Cartoon productions include her effusively reviewed one-woman show Show Ho as well as Wunderworld, The Supers, Cyclones and The Secret Life Of Custodians.



LEARN FROM THE BEST


STEVE SMITH: Human Cartoon Class
Director, Big Apple Circus; Former Dean, Ringling Clown College; Collaborator with Chuck Jones 

JOEL BAKER: Circus Theatre
Cirque Du Soleil, Palazzo, ClownCon Alumnus

JOAN HOWARD & HANNAH GAFF: Physical Comedy
Clowns Without Borders, Medical Clown Project, Idiot String, Peripatetic Players, AcroSports

COLIN JOHNSON: Film & Video
Celebrated San Francisco Indie theatre & film director, Awesome Theatre, Circus Center, DefClown5

JUDY FINELLI: Juggling & Circus Skills
Former Artistic Director, Pickle Family Circus

DOMINIQUE JANDO: Master Classes in French Entrees
Co-Founder of the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain; Cirque Medrano; Vice President & Artistic Director, Lone Star Circus; celebrated circus historian and author

LETITIA BARTLETT: Master Class in Neutral Mask and More
Faculty, American Conservatory Theater

HILARY CHAPLAIN: Master Class
Founding Member, New York Goofs; The Tempest (Bway & Central Park); NYU Tisch Faculty


SCHEDULE & FEES

 

The Clown Conservatory is a 24-week program in 2 sessions.


First Session:
September 11 – December 7, 2018
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM + Studio hours.

Second Session:
 January 8 – April 1, 2019
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM + Studio hours.

SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES AT THE END OF EACH TERM.

Tuition: $6,000 + Volunteer hours (some need-based scholarships available)
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


HOW TO APPLY

 

Please submit the following:

Application materials may be emailed to: clownconservatory@circuscenter.org or by mail at 
Circus Center | Clown Conservatory Applicant | 755 Frederick Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.

 

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Don't delay – apply today!

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