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FINDING THE GAME with community – a 3 day in person clowning course – Ghent, New York, USA

with Sarah French and Vivian Gladwell

An invitation to lose & discover yourself in play.  

Finding the game is the radical act at the heart of all clowning improvisation. 

Where do games come from? In this workshop, we’ll explore these possibilities:

  • Games are found, not conceived. 
  • Games come to us through our listening. 
  • Games live within us & in the spaces between us. 
  • Games grow wherever there is freedom, pleasure & irreverence. 
  • Games can seem silly & sometimes profound. 

Starting with the empty canvas, the silence & the unknowing that precedes every true act of creativity, we’ll commit to exploring the spaces between us, where doors of imagination open & much is possible.  

The course is of interest to anyone wishing to use clowning in a spirit of self-discovery & creative learning. Come to explore clowning for the first time, or return for more! 

On the third day of our course, we will invite the community to find the game with us, to celebrate our playfulness together!

 All are welcome.

No prerequisites. Experienced and beginners welcome. 

Saturday May 13 to Monday May 15, 2023

Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm with a lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Monday: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – with lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
A community event with invited guests from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Closing circle 3:30 to 4:30

We can provide you with a list of possible accommodation options and prices in proximity to the venue. 

Pot-luck lunches. 

COURSE FEE: $ 340 Course fee only

DEPOSIT: $ 120

For enquiries please email Sarah: sarahfrench@nosetonose.info

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To book a course follow the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.  Submit the form with your details and we will let you know how to proceed with payment. Your fee is REFUNDABLE  MORE than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a $40 admin fee for refunds.  If the course is canceled your fee will be refunded in full.

Fees are paid online.

For more information about our way of teaching clowning and our style of work you can read the website articles.


Sarah French

For as long as she remembers, Sarah has been interested in how people play. She was a practicing psychotherapist when she stumbled into the paradoxical world of Clown, which set her on a very enlivening path, despite her hesitations & fears. She has collaborated with Vivian Gladwell of Nose to Nose, since 2012. She considers that she has many teachers, including the spinner dolphins of Hawaii, who are the clowns of the sea. In 2015, Sarah created OOFA to share and promote discoveries with larger communities. 

OOFA offers clowning workshops & creativity labs, & makes books & games that are playful, if not also practical (The Book of Greetings, The Dance of Pants & Other Dances, Party of Animals…). Sarah’s approach to teaching is inspired by her adventures as a social worker, psychotherapist, English language teacher, elementary school teacher, actor, museum docent, & more. 

In 2021, Sarah moved to Ghent, NY, & started Fool Tree, a center for the playful arts, where she continues to facilitate clowning workshops & community events. 

*Sarah also gives private sessions to support individuals on their pathways to wholeness. 

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 speaks French and English fluently.

Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).

He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in 2006, Nose to Nose Germany in 2008, NTN Italy in 2016 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.

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…)

He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.


Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to mail@nosetonose.info and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: Just click on the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.

Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just click on the link Click here to enquire and fill the form. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.