An Introduction to Clowning
with Vivian Gladwell &
Sarah French
March 3 to 5, 2015

Brooklyn, NY

As the author Philip Pullman put it,
"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."

The course is an invitation to explore the multitude of stories around and within us. From the moment we look at the world stories come to us, effortlessly and mysteriously. By listening and being receptive we create stories out of thin air.

"It seems to me that this is the message which the clown is trying to convey to us, that we should participate through the ceaseless flow and movement, that we should not stop to reflect, compare, analyse, possess, but flow on and through, endlessly, like music. This is the gift of surrender, and the clown makes it symbolically."
Henry Miller "The smile at the foot of the ladder"

Expect to embark on a personal journey toward discovering your unique way of being clown.

No previous experience of theater or clowning is required. Those experienced in acting and clown are also welcome to connect to the here and now of this approach.

Course fee - $380

Deposit - $140

Times: This course is from 9 am to 6 pm each day.

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Register by February 6, 2015.



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

Sarah French

Sarah French was a practicing psychotherapist before turning, with relief and joy, to the paradoxical world of Clown. Sarah sees clowning as an invitation to celebrate full being. She has practiced clowning around the world with Jef Johnson, Vivian Gladwell, and the wild dolphins of Hawaii, who are all research partners in a lifelong study of play. Sarah facilitates playshops on her own and with other collaborators. She holds an MSW from New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Vivian Gladwell

Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway).