About our Workshops
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Welcome Session and entertainment by Headliner Matthew “Phineas” Lish “I Think, Therefore I Clown”
A combination of juggling stunts, physics explanations, amphibians, a loaf of bread, a deck of playing cards, a banana peel, slapstick, and a carpenter’s saw, join Phineas in his one-man show that explores what is funny. You’ll find yourself wondering “How did he do that?” and more importantly, “Why did he do that?” It’s outrageous, action packed, family friendly, full of comedy, and low in calories. Also join Phineas as he tells Clown Alley Stories from The Greatest Show on Earth. As the youngest of twelve clowns that made up the World Famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Alley during the circus’ Final Farewell Tour and as one of the last two First of Mays, Matthew has a collection of wild, adventurous, educational, and emotional stories from his time touring with The Greatest Show on Earth. Join Matthew as he recounts some of his favorites circus memories.
Mario the Maker by Virtual ZOOM
It’s a party experience full of interactive goofball shenanigans, DIY magic and Mario’s’ s pandemic-popular punk rock dance party!
Friday, August 6, 2021
A visit with Kathy Keaton author of Prescription Humor
Kathy shares how clowns help not only patients but staff. Her book is full of true heart-warming as well as heart tugging stories she has collected over her four decades as “Piccolo.” “Prescription Humor” is a resource for fellow clowns as well as anyone looking for proof that humor and laughter truly are good medicine for our health and well-being.
Dal Sanders – Live show and lecture
Dal Sanders will perform a daycare/school show for a live child audience. Then the children will leave, and he will go over step by step the routines and ideas on how to perform and build a daycare/school show. 9:15-9:30am kids come in, 9:30-10:15am show, 10:15-10:30am kids leave, 10:30-11:30am lecture
David Pitts – Puppet and ventriloquism workshop
We will touch on speaking without moving your lips, sound substitutions and breathing exercises. We will work on how to make your puppet look alive and presentation skills. Bring your puppet and let’s have fun.
Matthew Lish - Juggling Workshop
Learn to juggle and incorporate juggling show techniques – Supplies provided
David Pitts – Cartoon drawing workshop - Everybody Can Draw Cartoons!
One of the greatest things about cartooning is how fun it is! There is no wrong way to do it and it’s all about developing your own style and expressing your own ideas! So much talent! So much fun!
Teri Stokes – Balloon art
Learn twisting and balloon techniques – balloon provided
Steve Axtell by Virtual ZOOM
Enjoy exploring the world of puppets and learn the process of the invention and production of puppets, routines and so much more. This will be a real treat to watch a master at work and learn the ins and outs of his amazing talent.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Matthew Lish – Making Stuff! Building Your Own Props (Lecture)
As a prop and puppet builder for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Matthew has been building high quality props for over a decade that have appeared on television, cruise ships, off-Broadway, and in theme parks. Exploring topics such as foam carving, painting, molding and casting, epoxies, and special effects, Matthew has ideas to take your props to the next level. There will be visual aids, but there will not be interactive prop building
Brittany Allen - Branding/Marketing Workshop
From your first impression to your final thank-you card (you DO send thank-you cards, right?), I’ll share basic, yet important tips for marketing yourself and your clowning business. I will also share ideas to help established clowns re-energize their marketing as well as tips you may not have thought of before. Let's make some plans to help you shine as much as your big red nose!!
Margaret Clauder – Storytelling workshop
Welcome to Storytelling with Margaret. In this workshop, we will share in the magic of creating and telling stories with our voices and bodies. Along the way, there will be tips, challenges, and guidelines to help you create your own storytelling activities. You will find out where Margaret gets her inspiration and some great resources for stories.
Suzy Wall - Face painting
Suzy will teach designs for Line work. Ideas and techniques to help make it easier to move that line and still get the WOW reaction.
Pricilla Mooseburger by Virtual ZOOM
All things you need to know about make-up and costumes.
Jr. Joey Workshops (Ages 10-16) – led by Brittany “Zoe” Allen and Matthew Lish
Come be a part of our Jr Joey workshops and get started on this awesome fun adventure called Clowning! We will teach some of the basics of clowning: makeup, movement, magic, just being silly and the art of "playing" when you clown. Feel free to bring just a few fun, colorful, wrong sized things that we can use to pull together our first "clown costume" and to be in our convention group picture. (example: shirt/shorts/pants/socks/hat/etc.). We will learn a lot and take one big foot in the right direction as well as have bunches of fun doing it!