Zach Steel as Abraham


Zach teaches a workshop at the Latin American Film Institute

The Clown School and partner organization Four Clowns has completed its latest residency at the Stanislavsky Institute/Latin American Film Institute and the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (MuBE). A series of workshops led by David Bridel and Zach Steel, attended by the public and students from the Institute, have been very successful, and the collaborative Four Clowns/Latin American Film Institute production of Abraham & Isaac is the third installment of the company’s Old Testament cycle. Thanks to LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs and all our friends in Brazil!


The Clown School is proud to announce a new Puppet-Making class, led by master mask-and-puppet maestro Bob Beuth, running April 19 to May 17, 2015.

Bob studied with Julie Taymor in New York and Mirek Tretjnar in Prague, and has created numerous puppet and mask designs for the theater and private commissions. In 2014 he built the marvelous puppets for Four Clowns’ production of Noah at the Annenberg Beach House.

Spaces in Bob’s class are very limited. Book now to avoid disappointment!Puppet Making copy



We’re thrilled to announce our programs for 2015.

MG_1827-200x300Commedia dell’arte with Virginia Scott starts January 11th 2015. This is the first time that this acclaimed master teacher is offering a class in Los Angeles, and it’s going to be amazing: a full 7-Sunday session devoted to the amazing masks of the Italian Comedy. Expect to be thrilled and challenged as you plunge into the bawdy, irreverent and hilarious world of the Commedia. Perfect for beginners or clowns who want to expand their range and discover new possibilities.

10556333_820479964662472_4669024909985851616_nOur new Level 1 Class at Second City opens Saturday February 7 and runs through March 21 (Saturdays only). We’re so happy to continue our collaboration with the extraordinary and influential Improv house, who are hosting us for the second session running. Clown School instructor Zach Steel is fast becoming a favorite for his blend of individually-tailored challenges and his deep grasp of what it means to be a clown.

Zach continues teaching with our new Level 2 Class: Tears of a Clown, this time hosted by The Clown School, which runs Sundays March 28 through May 17. Take your clown to the next level in this glorious exploration of clown archetypes and your own creative freedom.

And keep your eyes peeled for more! In summer 2015 we expect to launch more classes with the phenomenal Phil Burgers, while Clown School Artistic Director David Bridel will be on hand to offer one of his legendary Intensives. In the Fall, David will offer a new Level 3 class culminating in a public performance.

Come and join us!

Isabella Fratellini

Administrator, The Clown School


The Clown School is thrilled to announce that Virginia Scott, master clown and commedia teacher, will lead our first ever Commedia dell’Arte class starting January 2015.

Commedia with Virginia ScottVirginia, certified in the Christopher Bayes clown technique, will plunge participants into the no-holds-barred world of the commedia. Don’t miss this chance to study with one of the USA’s most extraordinary teachers in a discipline that will open up incredible freedom and playfulness for the performer.


Winter promises all kinds of wonders at The Clown School in 2014/15.

Our current class, taught in a new partnership with Second City, is off to a flying start. Meanwhile our Level 3 Clown Show, which is open to the public and free of charge, will take place between 7 and 9pm on October 19 at LiveArtsLA in Eagle Rock. You are invited to come and enjoy the clowning and the company at this very special event!

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September Intensive

Next up, the extraordinary Phil Burgers aka Dr Brown will return to teach a series of special Sunday evening masterclasses, starting October 26th. After Phil’s recent September Intensive for The Clown School, one participant wrote: “I have taken several clown workshops in the last few years, and this one stands out as a favorite. I really had an amazing time and learned so much about myself.” Go here to book your place for this incredible workshop.

And starting in January of 2015, we are absolutely thrilled to present Virginia Scott’s Commedia dell’Arte Class. Virginia has assisted clown master Christopher Bayes for eight years, is a certified teacher of Bayes’ approach to clown and commedia, and is a highly regarded specialist in her own right as a director, deviser, and teacher with an international pedigree. Don’t miss this chance to embark upon the extraordinary journey of the commedia with one of the USA’s top experts in the field. Sign up here.

It’s going to be a wonderful season at The Clown School. Come and join us.

Isabella Fratellini

Administrator, The Clown School