Ron “Toto” Johnson

Ron "toto" Johnson

Ron “Toto” Johnson has been a clown his entire life. He started in 1977 at age 10 in his hometown of Naugatuck CT.  He graduated Ringling Clown College in 1985. He has since worked in circuses, theme parks, casinos, riverboats, parades, carnivals, and just about every other venue you can think of. He has performed all over the world, including […]

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Sad news from the Big Apple Circus: Grandma The Clown Resigns

Bary Lubin as Grandma the Clown

I read with a heavy heart the story about Grandma the Clown (Barry Lubin) ‘s resignation from the Big Apple Circus.   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/nyregion/big-apple-circus-grandma-clown-resigns.html It suffices to say that this is terrible news for everyone all around.  Of course, for the young girl, and for Barry, and for Barry’s friends, and for the Big Apple Circus, and of course, circus people […]

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APPLY: Chicago Physical Festival-Deadline Dec 11, 2017

PHYSICAL FESTIVAL CHICAGO is calling for proposals of physical theater plays for its 5th edition of the festival that will run in June 2018. An annual contemporary, visual, and physical theater festival based in Chicago, Physical Festival presents new forms of theater that are being performed around the world and in our backyard. In 2014, Alice da Cunha and Marc Frost […]

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Healthcare Clowning Call for Abstracts: Due Nov 20!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 20!   It’s not often that clowns get praised for being abstract, but here’s our chance! The Healthcare Clowning International Meeting (HCIM) is holding its 2018 meeting from April 4-6, 2018 in Vienna Austria.  The topic of the meeting is “The Art of Clowning- Connecting Culture, Health, and Science.”   CALL […]

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Brian Dewhurst celebrates 70+ years of clowning

Brian Dewhurst is the elder statesmen of Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas performers.  Currently 85, he’s been performing all kinds of circus acts for the past 70+ years, and since 1993, he’s been working as a clown, performer, and director for Cirque du Soleil.  He’s currently starring as the usher in the Cirque performance of Mystere. Dewhurst is featured in […]

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ClownAlley is Back! : Interview with B & B’s Clown Alley from 1908

I’m happy to say that ClownAlley, the late Pat Cashin’s excellent blog about the history of clowns and circuses, is back.  (It’s not currently at clownalley.net, but at it’s original place clownalley.blogspot.com) I have always been a big supporter of that blog, which has had some amazing photos and articles about circus clowns past and present. Friend of Pat’s  Beth Grimes […]

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American Theatre Clowning Documentary

Just discovered (thanks to Jim Moore’s Vaudevisual site)  this documentary about American theatre clowning from the American Theatre Wing.  Features Slava Polunin, David Shiner, Joel Jeske, and Brent McBeth talking about the clown, what works, what doesn’t and the work of being a theatrical clown. So what’s great about this video?  Well, clearly, one of the things I love is […]

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RIP Julie Goell

Sad news:  Julie Goell, the renowned musician, clown, and theatre teacher, passed away on Sunday. She was a teacher of mine (along with her husband Avner Eisenberg.)  She and Avner taught worldwide for a number of years, and I took at least two workshops with them at the Celebration Barn in Maine and at MotionFest.(If you read the obit below, […]

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