Clown 2

Class  Clown 2
Dates  October 29th - December 17th, 2017 (no class 11/26)
Times 5pm - 9pm, Sundays (only)
Location Live Arts LA, 4210 Panamint St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Instructor Zach Steel
Cost $399 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

Here we go! In this level 2 workshop we’ll fling open the door to the comic world and re-engage your pursuit of the most fragile, fearless, hopeful and hilarious of all creatures, the clown. From beneath the smallest mask in the world, the red nose, you’ll continue to encourage the clown’s endless curiosity, boundless enthusiasm and explosive insistence on fun (as well as reckless expression when the fun does not appear). You’ll learn to show and show – show it all including what you want to hide away from the world and defend from the audience – it’s apt to be what is most human and most interesting and funny about you! We’ll begin to play in groups (families, duos and trios) and develop the skills to find and then augment a game in improvisation with other clowns. 

Ages 18 and older.




Sacred Clown

Class Clowning for the Spirit through Ritual Clown Forms
Dates Saturdays, November 4th, 11th, & 18th
Times 5pm-10pm
Location Live Arts LA, 4210 Panamint St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Instructor Mike Funt
Cost $200

Since the dawn of humankind, Clowns have served as leaders in communication and healing process. Long before the clown was a staple in circuses and theatres, he featured as a prominent part in Tribal Rituals and Ceremonies in cultures all over the world. Borrowing from its shamanistic roots, this class will explore how Clown and Performance can be a place of shared communal, transformative experience. The class will explore Balinese Masked Clown Ceremonies, Hopi Rituals, ecstatic festivals like Mardis Gras and Carnivåle, Commedia dell’Arte, Noh, the Holy Fool Traditions, Heyokah, Clown Traditions of the Pueblo, Dakota, and Zuni Tribes, the Trickster figures of Coyote and Raven, and many more.

While this class serves as excellent actor and performer training, the focus is more on developing the self holistically and developing and sense of community with those around you, similar to the goals of Yoga and Meditation. The class will feature improvised clown activities, prepared pieces, personal story-telling, and discussion. A well-known clown once said, “The clown is not about making the audience laugh. The clown is about changing the way the audience breathes.” Join us for this and release your fearlessness and playfulness while finding the sublime in the ridiculous and the ridiculous in the sublime.

Ages 18 and older.

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Class  A Clown Masterclass with David 'DuSH' Barashi
Dates  November 13th-14th, 2017
Times 11am - 5pm, daily
Location Live Arts LA, 4210 Panamint St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Instructor David 'DuSH' Barashi
Cost $300 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

The Masterclass is designed for the theatre folks, street artists, performers, and clowns who wish to expand their professional toolbox.

For the past 20 plus years DuSH has been a clown. He’s been a clown in the streets and festivals all over the world but also and mostly – in hospitals and disaster areas, in Israel, Haiti, and Ethiopia, with children and adults, with PTSD and AIDS patients…

DuSH has clowned and taught clowning all over the world and now he’s coming to LA with his first Clowning Masterclass:

  • Clown silhouette: the costume, body language / rhythm.
  • Clown dynamics in the environment: audience at a theater and in the street, doctors, patients, and their families in hospitals.
  • Clown technique: Gesture-Action, verbal clowning, gibberish, and more.
  • Applications of clown work in the fields of medical and humanitarian aid.


"DuSH" in the Hospital (Medical Clowning):

Since 2003, DuSH has been working as a clown, through the Dream Doctors project, at Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem.

Working as an integral part of the medical team, he meets both children and adults at the various medical departments of the hospital.

In 2015, he was appointed to be the head of the Hadassah Hospital clowning unit.

In addition to his active work, he is the Professional Coordinator of the Dream Doctors, responsible for advancing the Project to Israeli hospitals as well as training programs, seminars and more.

Teachers and clown coaches worldwide are using the Dream Doctors methods.


"DuSH" in Humanitarian and Disaster Areas:

David has served as a medical clown in natural disaster zones worldwide (post tsunami, post-earthquakes) as part of various humanitarian delegations, the most important of which is the IDF Medical Corps and its Search and Rescue Unit.

During the Second Lebanon War and recent wars in Gaza, he worked as a medical clown in shelters around Israel and among population groups collaborating with medical, psychological support, and aid teams.

DuSH helped promote the process of having an official reservist position for medical clowns in the IDF Medical Corps; undergoing regular reservist training, nowadays are part of the IDF Field Hospital team.


"DuSH" Around the World:

- Thailand - after the tsunami disaster, January 2005

- Northern India - orphanages TCV, January 2009

- Haiti - (clown in the IDF delegation), earthquake, January 2010

- Nepal - (clown in IDF delegation), earthquake, May 2015

- Ethiopia / Uganda - the"Art-Joy-Love" Project(clowning in orphanages for HIV positive children, hospitals and various communal centers) since 2005.


Ages 18 & older.

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50% of proceeds from the workshop will go towards the production of "I Clown You," a documentary about the Israeli medical clowns.  For further information please visit:

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Class  Clown and Character Intensive
Dates  Tuesday, January 2nd - Friday, January 5th
Times 1pm-6pm, daily
Location Live Arts LA, 4210 Panamint St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Instructor David Bridel
Cost $399 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

David Bridel returns to bring you a joyous journey into clown archetypes. Find your inner schlub and your hidden drill sergeant as you learn the dynamic opposites of the clown world. Costume, red noses, and crazy improvisations plunge you into the carnival of human nature. Ideal for clowns who want to go further, actors who want to tap their full potential, and all who love the zaniness of clown training.


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Class  The World of Mask Intensive
Dates  Summer 2018, TBD
Times TBD
Location Live Arts LA, 4210 Panamint St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Instructor David Bridel
Cost $399 (discounts for previous Clown School participants)

A brand new class from theatre maestro David Bridel. "Every actor, consciously or unconsciously, longs for transformation." - Michael Chekhov. Enter the magical - and transformative - world of mask training, a stunning universe of creative physical exploration and psychological depth. Larval mask, full character, and half character masks scope out a journey into the unknown. For all who long to relinquish their analytical selves and experience the beautiful shock of true theatrical imagery.