Tears of a ClownThe Clown School, LA’s home for the best in clowning and related disciplines, is thrilled to announce a full roster of classes for the Fall and Winter of 2015-16:

  • Tears of a Clown, a Level 2 Clown Class, starts August 30
  • Commedia dell’Arte with Virginia Scott, Levels 1&2, will run September to November
  • Level 1 with our partners at Second City will launch in September
  • Bim Bam Bom, a Level 3 class, will culminate in December

Meanwhile, stay tuned for our latest Puppet-Making class, taught by Bob Beuth, a new class in Ritual Clowning with Mike Funt, and a stunning offering in early January – Circus Intensive, with Stefan Haves.



51STo6gVtMLThe Clown School, LA’s venue for all clown matters, offers a range of extraordinary classes for everyone interested in the discipline this summer, fall and winter.

And check out Clowns: In Conversation With Modern Masters, co-authored by Clown School Artistic Director David Bridel, available now.

Our upcoming classes are as follows:

  • The legendary Dr Brown is back for a new series of Masterclasses starting May 17.
  • Clown School Artistic Director David Bridel offers a Summer Intensive, June 22-25.
  • We unveil our latest class, the Grotesque Clown, with Alex Suha, starting July 12.
  • Finish the year with our Level 2 class Tears of a Clown and our Level 3 class Bim Bam Bom, taught by Zach Steel and David Bridel.
  • Stay tuned for more updates and new Virginia Scott and Bob Beuth classes to be announced soon!

The Clown School is your place to break the rules; to find out just how crazy your creativity can be. Come and join us; you won’t regret it.

Isabella Fratellini

Administrator, The Clown School




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