ClassesBanner.jpg

* We are still confirming staff changes, minor changes may be necessary.

Listed alphabetically by staff name:

Brittany Allen

Clowning 101 The Journey Begins

Get started with the basics of clowning! Brittany will help you put your big foot forward into the fun world of clowning. Learn

character development, simple performance ideas, super easy ways to feel comfortable as a new clown, and other beginner elements you need to start on this journey towards being a great clown. Her sharing-and-caring style will teach you volumes in a short time!

(Note: Please also attend at least one of the Clowning 101 - Makeup Basics & Beginnings workshops, and some of the other Basics and Beginning workshops)

Hospital & Caring Clowning – How To & Overview

Success in a hospital, nursing home, shelter, or other care facility often depends on what you do (and don’t do), the props and skills you bring with you, and how you relate to and interact with the patient, family, and staff. In this workshop we will discuss tips, trick, techniques, and props for your visits as well as a few ideas on costuming and makeup.

Fred Baisch

Fun Stuff for Up Close

A clown workshop by Fred that doesn’t have any (well, much) magic in it! Learn how to engage a small group, entertain a line, or table hop with a variety of easy to learn routines and props. From the classic napkin rose, to dollar bill folding, to jumping paper clips, and more, this workshop will equip you with the skill to entertain almost anywhere with a variety of everyday objects.

 

Putting Together Your Six Trick Magic Show

You don’t have to lug a semi truck worth of equipment to perform a fun, entertaining clown magic show. With the right selection of a half dozen magic tricks, you can entertain for hours! Learn how your sponge magic, thumb tip, a deck of cards, change bag, a rope, and comedic accessories, combined with a little imagination and patter can form the basis of a great show.

Julia Bothun

Clowning 101 – Makeup Basics & Beginnings

Every clown face begins with a few strokes of makeup. From there the steps continue to a full face that will bring miles of smiles to you and your audiences. Julia and Annette will be your guides as you discover the look of your inner clown. Grab your makeup and let’s get messy on the road to a good face. Each hour will be devoted to a specific type of clown makeup. You may attend more than one workshop.

 

Auguste Makeup Basics & Beginnings (Friday)

Whether traditional, European, or ‘lite’, the Auguste makeup is the most natural look because of its flesh-tone base.

Character Makeup Basics & Beginnings (Saturday)

Usually a version of the Auguste, but also may include some whiteface designs, this makeup supports the look of a specific character (cowboy, kid, tramp, hobo, etc.).

Whiteface Makeup Basics & Beginnings (Sunday)

Neat, grotesque, doll, or in between, the whiteface makeup has a solid white base with colors for the features.

Makeup Coaching Clinic

Is your make up a mess? Trying to find or refine a new face? Feel like it is just not coming together? Don’t panic! Sign up for a Makeup Coaching Clinic for a bit of guidance. Experienced instructors will be helping you on your journey to a nice, clean, look that works for you.  

Silly Sing-a-Long Songs for Shows

If you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag, grab a bucket, because you don’t have to sound like Pavarotti (or even Havarti) to sing and enjoy these silly songs. You don’t need an instrument other than you voice, either. And you can get people to sing along and enjoy themselves too! Oh, and be ready wiggle, waddle, move, and groove, because some of these songs have actions and/or dances and you’ll want to join in. The key is to do it with enthusiasm and a sense of fun. Join Julia and get silly and get singing. 

You Can Ukulele

This class is for anyone thinking “I learned a few chords! Now what?” We will learn some basic songs you can use anywhere in your clowning. These could be used in hospitals, birthday parties, shows, parades, and any sing along. This class is open to all levels of ukulele knowledge because no matter where you are at, you will have a new song to play!

Super Fun Crafts for Clowns & Kids (Jam) 

Julia knows this is a JAM and not a class, but she doesn't want to have fun alone. Grab your craft supplies so you can play too! Check the list in the e-Workbook, but you’ll definitely want some art supplies easy to find around the house, like markers, scissors, glue, popsicle sticks, googley eyes, clothes pins, paper plates, and coffee filters. Beforehand make sure to do a little bit of looking online for easy crafts and Julia will show you how to make it fun for everyone! Pinterest is a great way to look up some ideas, so bring your supplies and get ready to make some crafts!

Dennis Burkholder

Simple Web Sites (Your Landing Page)

An internet presence is essential for entertainers today. It has taken the place of the Yellow Pages and flyers as the foremost way that people who want to hire you, find you. But your website does NOT have to be complex with lots of bells, whistles, links, drop downs, and other content – especially if you are just starting out. A simple landing page that is clean, clear, concise, and professional looking, that tells people who you are, what you do, and how to contact you, may be all you need. Let Dennis show you the steps to creating this easy and inexpensive marketing tool that you can’t afford to do without.

Don Bursell

The Creative Mind – Brainstorming & More! 

With 1000s of different clown skits and magic tricks available to us, why do so many people choose to do the same few things over and over? How can you make your performance different from everyone else's? How can you come up with creative ideas? Where do you look? Who do you talk to? Don will give you a truckload of ways to be creative, and will show many of the oddball things he has developed, or found in his years of performing. If you say, "I don't have a creative bone in my body," Don will show you differently. You ARE creative, and Don will prove it!

Ed Chee

Mind Blowing Balloon Sculptures

Not for the beginner or faint of heart, this workshop focuses on advanced, multi-balloon, sculptures that are next level awesome. Ed will take you through all the twists, turns, and steps that it takes to make some top level balloon art. He will share time saving tips, techniques to improve speed and dexterity, shortcuts to super sculptures, and how to add flair to your process. Grab your balloon kit with a variety of balloons, scissors, and get ready to pump up your balloon game!

Randy Christensen

Clown Humor

Randy discusses his seven favorite comedy categories that all clowns should understand and incorporate into their clowning. Visual comedy and verbal comedy work with specific principles that bring surprises and laughter. Find the styles of humor that click with your individual clown and use others to round out your performances.

Annette Darragh

Clowning 101 – Makeup Basics & Beginnings

Every clown face begins with a few strokes of makeup. From there the steps continue to a full face that will bring miles of smiles to you and your audiences. Julia and Annette will be your guides as you discover the look of your inner clown. Grab your makeup and let’s get messy on the road to a good face. Each hour will be devoted to a specific type of clown makeup. You may attend more than one workshop.

 

Auguste Makeup Basics & Beginnings (Friday)

Whether traditional, European, or ‘lite’, the Auguste makeup is the most natural look because of its flesh-tone base.

Character Makeup Basics & Beginnings (Saturday)

Usually a version of the Auguste, but also may include some whiteface designs, this makeup supports the look of a specific character (cowboy, kid, tramp, hobo, etc.).

Whiteface Makeup Basics & Beginnings (Sunday)

Neat, grotesque, doll, or in between, the whiteface makeup has a solid white base with colors for the features.

Hospital & Caring Clowning 911

Most of the times your room visits as a Caring Clown go pretty smoothly. Hey, you’ve got a routine for your rounds and all is on track. But then you enter a room, the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife, and everything goes south. What do you do? Annette will give you some tips and techniques she uses to turn the situation around, and when to gracefully just exit.

 

Makeup Coaching Clinic

Is your make up a mess? Trying to find or refine a new face? Feel like it is just not coming together? Don’t panic! Sign up for a Makeup Coaching Clinic for a bit of guidance. Experienced instructors will be helping you on your journey to a nice, clean, look that works for you.

Mike Fixer

“Stool Samples” & “Free Shakes” Make-a-Long

Looking for a new parade or walk-around prop? Mike will show you two great props (“Stool Samples” and “Free Shakes”) that you can use for parades, walk-around, room visit and more. He will review how they are made and used, then conduct a step-by-step make-a-long session with you so that you can add them to your future appearances. (NOTE: Pre-purchase of one or both kits from PMO is recommended. There will be a limited number of each prop kit available, so order yours early (no later than April) to be assured of availability and delivery.)

 

John Hadfield

Object Manipulation - Better than Juggling (and so much easier)

What happens when you juggle? You make a mistake, and everyone knows it. They laugh (at you, not with you). You do a perfect routine and someone shouts “Can you do 5?” Uggh. Manipulating something natural, or something you’re wearing or carrying is unexpected - it’s a surprise and it’s fun - and you can pretend it’s spontaneous. Today we will work on some basic, fun, spinning and turning moves with a hat, a dish or two, and a cane. The moves are all related (and easy, with a little practice!

Dave (and Dana) Hill

The Strolling Entertainer (aka “Magic on the Move”)

Grand Openings or festivals require you to entertain & greet many people, usually over a large area. This presentation of comic routines & simple self-working magic will make you the “star” at any event. Also covers basic costuming & props, and most importantly, who to contact & how to get these high paying, high profile jobs.

Karen Hoyer

Develop Iconic Characters

Nursing Homes and Senior Centers are ideal venues for presenting larger than life iconic characters. You could be The Cowgirl or The Pirate, Mother Nature or Elvis, Supergirl, an Opera Diva, Hamlet or a Fairy Princess. It's still clowning but coming at it from a different angle. And built into each character is a bit of vaudeville shtick to engage your audience.

 

Mime: The Language of Clowns

As a clown you need to use your whole body to communicate. Mime is the art of using movement to create physical characterizations, express emotion non-verbally, and tell a story without depending on words. For clowns, mime is a vital tool for making physical choices that will take us out of everyday life and into a clownesque world of play.

Christopher Hudert

Puppet CPR! – Bringing Life to Your Puppets

While the ‘breath’ of the puppet is important that, alone, is little more than life support. You brought them to life, so now bring the spark of life to them so they can LIVE! Give them CPR: Character, Presence, and Relationship. Come explore the simple, little things that help determine who/what the puppet is as a character, what makes it present and real, and how it relates to you and the audience. Together, these elements will bring your puppet pal (and performance) to life. If you have a puppet, bring it, but you can come alone too! Hint: for a head start, use the worksheet in your welcome pack before this workshop.

Treating Your Clowning as a Business

Treat your clowning as a business and your customers will see and treat you as a professional (even if your clowning is just a hobby). You will land more gigs and have less stress. Christopher will share his tips and techniques that help minimize the drudgery and maximize the fun!

Brian Ivory & Alyshia Turner

Make Me Laugh! The Art of Joke Telling 

Telling jokes is an important clowning skill to entertain audiences both young and old. This interactive session will focus on how select, refine, and deliver jokes (e.g., meet-and-greet, parades) that best convey your clown character. Knock-knock jokes, criss-cross jokes, and telling jokes in tandem with a partner will be covered. A handout with 800 clown-friendly jokes will also be provided.

 

Jane Kinney

All About the Red Nose Reader Program                                           

The Red Nose Reader program promotes literacy, kindness, empathy, and respect for diversity through the art of clowning. During a visit, a certified Red Nose Reader will read a story, share a message, and playfully interact with the students. Come and learn all about the Red Nose Reader program and how you too can help build a positive image that real clowns are caring, helpful, and kind people who want to spread joy and laughter.

 

Stacey Kuhn

Caring for the Laugh Maker’s Spirit                                           

It is hard to give the healing gift of laughter to others when we are suffering as laugh makers and struggling to find joy ourselves. Life can be trying, even in the best of times, but 14+ months of pandemic is even more trying, by any standard. The care and feeding of our spirit has become even more essential. Stacey Kuhn, both clown and Licensed Behavioral Analyst, presented this program for the first Joyful Journey and it was so needed and so well received that she has updated it and will be presenting it again. You don’t want to miss it. 

Matthew Lish

Introduction to Prop Design & Fabrication

A great prop helps define your character, tells a story, and makes you stand out from the crowd. Learn the basics of designing your own props and how to "plus" store bought ones to make them your own. Plus, a live carving demonstration so you can make your very own foam props.

Juggling Basics & Beginnings

Learn to juggle in less than an hour! Will you be an expert by the end of the class? Nope. But we will map out the path to success so that, with practice, you will hit fewer speed bumps and potholes on your juggling journey.

Tricia Manuel

Cartoon Movement for Clowns

Let's be more animated in our clown performances! Let Miss Moose show you how to add those funny looks, moves, and takes to help you be more comic in your clown performances. It's fun and it's easy - once you know the secrets!

 

Simple/Lite Makeup & Costumes for RNR & Caring Clowns

While the full-out ‘circus’ look, with big, bright costumes, wigs, and makeup, is a lot of fun, it isn’t always appropriate. There are times that call for a simple, intimate, look that still says ‘clown’ and ‘fun’ without blasting it over a loudspeaker. Tricia will walk you through the steps of developing costumes and makeup that work well for Red Nose Readers and Caring clowns.

Brenda Marshall

Storytelling for Clowns

Clowns are storytellers too! Learning stories, incorporating them into performances, storytelling techniques, and the opportunity to share a favorite story are all included.

Rex Nolen

Put the Funny in Your Failure

Murphy’s Law says, “If Something Can Go Wrong, It Will.” As a clown, sometime those failures are unintentional, and other times planned. Either way, learning to put the funny to them will make them a positive part of your performance. Rex will show you how to create happy accidents and how to stay happy when accidents find you.

Sponge Magic Fun for Everyone

Disappearing sponges, multiplying sponges, circle to square, rabbits everywhere, and many other tricks are available. They look so easy when they are demonstrated, but you have a hard time getting the hang of it. Rex will show you how to make these tricks a solid part of any appearance as a clown magician. These pack small but get a big return!

Chris Shelton

Physical Comedy: Trips, Slips, and Shtick!

Learn how to move and use walks, trips, takes, pacing, postures, gestures, timing, shifts, reactions, levels, etc. to enhance your performance without injury. We'll examine facial, body, and vocal expressiveness, pacing, energy, and physical levels, and how movement makes our actions speak louder than words.
 

Writing Comedy into Routines, Gag, and Shows

Whether scripting a gag or a full stage show; whether you are good at ad-libbing or not; whether it is a pure farce or a themed school show; it is still important to find specific places to add comedy to all we do. Whether it is verbal humor, physical comedy, deadpan, character, or one-line jokes, as clowns we are duty bound to invoke kids of all ages to laugh! Join the funny!
 

Neal Skoy

Writing Comedy

The elusive art of writing funny things… How do you take a situation, or a skill, or a prop and make it hilarious? We will discuss how to write comedy, how to compose material, and how to write a full out comedy act. Be ready to take notes and brainstorm in this ride in the think tank!

DJ Weiss

Comedy Juggling

While it is great to be a skilled juggler, it is more important to be entertaining! Learn some simple funny moves to add comedy to your juggling routine. With practice and as you improve you can add more tricks but, in the meantime, add the funny now! 

 

Makeup Coaching Clinic

Is your make up a mess? Trying to find or refine a new face? Feel like it is just not coming together? Don’t panic! Sign up for a Makeup Coaching Clinic for a bit of guidance. Experienced instructors will be helping you on your journey to a nice, clean, look that works for you.

Regina Wollrabe

Mime & Movement: Basics & Beginnings

Have you heard the expression “Actions speak louder than words”?  Of course you have, and it holds true for mime and clowning too. But you don’t have to be a classic mime or a physical comedian to use body language to communicate through actions and movement so that your comedy carries even when you voice doesn’t, because mime principles apply to both verbal and non-verbal clowning. Regina will share tricks and tips that will help you become more physically expressive with clear, concise, actions that support your comedic intent.

Joshua Zehner

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

While a lot of comedy comes from wild and zany ideas and situations, much more comes from the comic actions and reactions (or viewpoint) within what is an otherwise ordinary thing. Joshua will share his techniques in helping you developing your comedic lens – the clown’s way of seeing adventure in everyday life. Let’s showcase what’s amazing about you and bring that sense of fun to your clowning.