Phil Burgers

We’re proud to announce that our next class, SEPTEMBER INTENSIVE, which will run September 2-6 2014, will be taught by the multi-award winning clown Phil Burgers (aka Dr Brown), whose clown antics have dazzled audiences around the world since 2009. Phil’s clown masterclasses in Australia, the UK, Spain, Croatia, and New Zealand have developed an amazing reputation for their unique qualities. We are delighted to welcome Phil to The Clown School for his first engagement in the US as a clown teacher, and we can promise that the SEPTEMBER INTENSIVE will be an unforgettable experience.

AlsoIMAG1281 starting September 2014, CLOWN SCHOOL FOR KIDS opens its doors, offering classes to Mini Clowns (ages 7-12) and Young Clowns (ages 13-18). Taught by accredited and acclaimed instructor Mike Funt, our kids classes promise to make art out of mischief and give a voice and a space to play to all youngsters who are itching to put on red nose and crazy costume.

Stay tuned for our regular Fall classes, starting mid-September, taught by David Bridel and Zach Steel, including SAVE THE SHOW, a Level 3 Clown Class.

And lastly, David’s book, Clowns: In Conversation With Modern Masters, co-written with colleague Ezra LeBank, brings together interviews with many of the world’s leading clowns. Scheduled for publication by Routledge in April 2015, the book promises a fascinating exploration of the world of the clown, in the words of masters such as Slava Polunin, Bill Irwin, David Shiner, Oleg Popov, Nola Rae, Lorenzo and Larry Pisoni, and many many more.

Be sure to join us for all things clown in 2014.

Isabella Fratellini
The Clown School


Join us for our next classes at The Clown School.

Our Spring Intensive promises three days of immersion in the beauty and wonder of clowning. Suitable for beginners and return clowns alike, our Intensives offer a unique and extraordinary challenge to participants who take the plunge and are willing to transform themselves. Variously described as “magnificent”, “incredible”, and “life-changing”, this is a rare opportunity to go in at the deep end. April 25, 26, 27, 10am-6pm, $425 or $375 if booked by March 1st.

Our next Level 2 class, Big Flop, is for returning clowns or those with previous clown experience who wish to continue their journey. Exploring the archetypes of the White Clown and the Auguste, participants uncover their greatest triumphs and their worst catastrophes, and begin the process of putting together their personal clown. Dates: May 4 – June 15, 2014 // Times 5-9pm (Sundays only) // Cost $525, discounts available for previous Clown School participants.

Come and join us!

Isabella Fratellini

Administrator, The Clown School


Our recent January Intensive was a sell-out and a great success. Read this blog to learn about the extraordinary experience of one of our participants.

Our next class, Trips ‘n’ Slips, begins February 2nd. We’ll be presenting a Level 2 class in April. And we have a very special guest lined up to teach our Summer Intensive.

Stay tuned and please join us for another one of our acclaimed classes.

Isabella Fratellini

Administrator, The Clown School


Clown School Founding Director David Bridel, in collaboration with clown aficionado Ezra LeBank, has been commissioned to write a new book – Clowns: Conversations with Modern Masters (publisher: Routledge, UK). The project brings together interviews with 20 of the world’s greatest clowns, including David Shiner, Renee Bazinet, Peter Shub, Aziz Gual, and more. In discussion with David and Ezra, these legends of comedy will reveal the origins, inspiration, and techniques that underpin their remarkable odysseys. Clowns promises to be a unique and definitive study of the art of clowning – straight from the horses mouths.