with Vivian Gladwell and Sarah French
August 6 to 10, 2014

Ipswich, MA

This course offers further practice of clowning with the focus on structure and relationship. The more demanding aspects of this level come from a need to practice a responsiveness to and awareness of your partner on stage, your audience and the images, stories and characters that emerge during improvisation. The teaching method will emphasize finding greater insights into the techniques of improvisation and performance, providing challenges and inspiration enough to take your understanding of this work forward.

The group is limited to 12

Course fee - $525

Deposit - $180

Times: This course begins Wednesday at 10.00 and ends Sunday at 13.00
Each day will be from 10.00 to 18.00

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The Courage to Be Workshop was unlike anything I expected. Defenses I had relied upon for so long, slowly began to peel away. I felt unbearably vulnerable...and at the same time liberated.
At the end of the week I felt that I had gained something intangible but very real. And magical.
E. M. from Concord, MA
- November 2013

“Thank you for the deep look into what is going on; in me and around me. Wow”
S.T. from Boston, MA - July 2013

“One of my goals in attending your "Courage to Be" workshop was to become more spontaneous and less stiff in my relationships with others. …What a delight! Many thanks.”
P. C. from Lenox, MA - November 2013

“The work was life changing… the exercises were miraculously simple and profound and effective. I wish the workshop had been two weeks.”
E. S. from Brookline, MA - November 2013

Vivian Gladwell

is a modern-day jester and the founder of Nose to Nose, which holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity. He lives in France and England and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. Browse this website for interviews and articles about the Nose to Nose approach to clowning.


Sarah French

has practiced clowning around the world with Jef Johnson, Julie Goell, and Vivian Gladwell. She recently finished “A Mystery You,” a meditation on the impossibility of separation which is she is adapting for performance. She was a practicing psychotherapist before turning, with relief and joy, to the paradoxical world of clowning. While she no longer practices psychotherapy, she embraces clowning as a related, if different invitation to celebrate full being. She holds an MSW from New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.