Clown Camp directed by Kenny & Brenda Ahern

For over 30 years, Clown Camp has been an intensive training ground for newcomer clowns and for seasoned clowns to hone their skills.

Clown Camp 2018 will be held June 10-15 in LaCrosse Wisconsin

Clown Camp 2018 will be held June 10-15 in LaCrosse Wisconsin

Clown Camp was founded and directed by Dr. Richard Snowberg, a clown for over 35 years and an inductee into the International Clown Hall of Fame.

Since 1981, over 6000 people from over 25 different countries have attended this program since 1981. Former staff and students can be found of 6 continents.

In 2016, Snowberg passed on CLOWN CAMP to longtime staff members Kenny & Brenda Ahern.  Kenny & Brenda had been teaching at the camp for over 20 years.  Their first year of operating the camp was 2017 and it was a success, with over half of the registrants already registered for the next year. Find out more about Kenny on his website

CLOWN CAMP 2018 will again be held at Viterbo University Fine Arts Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

There are over 90 hours of programming at Clown Camp.  Last year’s class workshops included:

  • Balancing Made Simple
  • Basic Balloons
  • Basic Mime & Movement
  • Behavior and Characteristics of Successful Therapeutic Clowns
  • Body Movements & Facial Expressions
  • Caring Clown: An Introduction
  • Character Development and Expression from the Inside Out
  • Clowning 101: The Basics
  • Clown Biz Basics
  • Clowning & Working with a Partner
  • Comedy Dance Moves
  • Comedy Magic
  • Creativity
  • Dare to Succeed
  • Developing a Caring Clown Character
  • Entertain with Origami
  • Entertaining as Santa Claus
  • Face Painting for Fun & Profit
  • Gospel Magic
  • How Did You Make That?
  • Improvisation & Spontaneous Play
  • Inexpensive Costuming for Beginners
  • Introduction to Performing on the Street
  • Make up Basics
  • Magic Shows for Young Children
  • Meet and Greet Jokes and Gags
  • One Club Juggling
  • Performing for Schools
  • Puppetry
  • Routining Your Show
  • Schtickerology
  • Skit Writing
  • Therapeutic Value of Clowns and Guidelines for best practice
  • Ventriloquism Made Easy


Photo from clown camp 2016

Photo from Clowncamp 2016

This year, there will be two special intensives on June 9 for intermediate and advanced clowns. There will be a Laughter Yoga intensive with Laura Gentry and a storytelling intensive split between storyteller Sara Slayton who will teach storytelling with voice and clown/master propmaker (and former director of the Clown Conservatory) Joe Dieffenbacher who will teach storytelling with props.  (We’ve feature Joe many times previously here on

The one day intensive costs $150, and the full week of Clown Camp costs between $600-800, depending on when you sign up and what else you sign up for.  This is exclusive of housing and food, which will cost more depending on what you would like.

Find out more online at or register directly at 


photo from Clown Camp 2016

Photo from Clown Camp 2016

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