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Joel Shura


Throw away your preconceived notions of the “bozo” circus clown with big shoes and squirting flowers and discover your unique inner clown that is just dying to come out and play! Benefits of clown training include an increased sense of creativity and playfulness, heightened vulnerability and willingness to take risks, and amplified ability to stay positive. No scary clowns in this workshop—I promise!


Simply put, you’ll learn how to improvise! Students will have the opportunity to jump onstage and explore all of the fundamental principles inherit in improvisation: agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and collaboration. Through the use of games and scene work, students will take creative risks, tap into their playful selves, and work toward a supportive “group-mindset”. Guaranteed to be a lot of fun!

State Standards

These presentations meet the following state education standards for high school students:


Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

TH:Cr1.1.IIIb Create a complete design for a drama/theatre work that incorporates all elements of technology.


Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

TH:Cr2-IIIb Collaborate as a creative team to discover artistic solutions and make interpretive choices in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.


Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.

TH:Cr3.1.IIIa Refine, transform, and re-imagine a devised or scripted drama/theatre work using the rehearsal process to invent or re-imagine style, genre, form, and conventions.

TH:Cr3.1.IIIc Apply a high level of technical proficiencies to the rehearsal process to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.


Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

TH:Pr5.1.IIIa Use and justify a collection of acting exercises from reliable resources to prepare a believable and sustainable performance.

TH:Pr5.1.IIIb Explain and justify the selection of technical elements used to build a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.