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STORYTELLING AND THE CLOWN – A WEEK-END COURSE – near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

With Vivian Gladwell, Kristin Crowley and Angie Foster

We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
Joan Didion

“ The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.”
Zadie Smith

This workshop explores the nature of storytelling and clowning and the ongoing, living relationship between storytelling and the clown, and the clown and storytelling.  What do they have in common, and where and how do they meet each other?

There are stories we inherit and stories that inspire, stories that liberate and stories that captivate. The stories we hear, the stories we remember, the stories we hold, the stories we share – these stories and others shape our universe and our being. Can we escape them and be free? Do we want to? Where do they come from and what are their gifts to us?

We may find stories living in music, art, poetry, dance, song, in melodies, harmonies, dissonances, in nature also, and in the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, in the work we do and the way we do it. They may carry wisdom and innocence, joy and sorrow, wonder, horror, mystery, magic. How do we hear these stories and learn from them? What is their language? How do we find our freedom and our own tongue, so that we may share and learn from the stories living in and around us? 

This workshop provides an opportunity to explore the language of storytelling and the language of the Clown; to lose ourselves in both; and, perhaps, to find what is waiting there. 

First day: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Other days: 10am – 6:00pm
Last day: 10:00am – 3:00pm

lunch break on day 2 (1 hour to be decided with the group – bring your own food and drink)

Venue: Soltane CampHill, 224 NANTMEAL ROAD, GLENMOORE, PA 19343

Facilitators: Angie Foster / Kristin Crowley / Vivian Gladwell

For more information on the workshop or on options for accommodation locally please write to angie@nosetonose.info

Course fee: $290 (course fee only)

Deposit: $190 to hold your place on the course.


For more information on the workshop please write to angie@nosetonose.info

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.

Kristin Spaeth Crowley

Kristin did not come to clowning by choice, but was forced into it by wiser others who knew where she belonged. Her work as a clown and facilitator led to the fumbling discovery and recovery of a language she knows inwardly, loves, and could have lost. Her
specialities include weeping, falling in love, making mischief, and the invisible. She is grateful for the inspiration and example of those brilliant, talented generous people she has been privileged to work with or been touched by – artists, musicians, athletes, educators, poets, seekers, thinkers, healers, and other “ordinary” fearful and courageous spirits willing to risk and dare. She is amazed and astonished by her family, her parents and siblings, her children, and those she has claimed unjustly as her own, by those braver than she, facing the ordinary challenges connected with being alive, and by forgiveness. She is interested in presences and possibilities. She is informed by life and living, by beauty, ugliness, music, laughter, poetry, nature, stillness, cruelty, and compassion, by brave souls and tender hearts by the struggle to realize the impulse that initiated a wish to be, and by the work she has to do. The mistakes she makes: the limitations she must overcome, the struggles she faces in being and becoming, the gifts she has been given, and her sense of wonder, reverence, and gratitude inform and guide her in her work with others. She works with individuals, companies, institutions, agencies, and organizations. She still struggles and falls down.

Angie Foster

Angie FosterAngie Foster is a Clowning Facilitator, Actress, Director, and teacher.  She trained with Vivian Gladwell and is on the team of Nose to Nose of North America.  She has facilitated clowning workshops in the Philadelphia area and at the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California as well as Threefold Education Center in Spring Valley, New York and elsewhere in the country.  She teaches co-workers regularly at Kimberton Hills, Beaver Run, and Soltane communities.

She trained first as a classical actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  She has performed on Broadway in two productions as well as off-Broadway.  She did several years of experimental theater with Andre Gregory, as well as regional theaters around the country.  Other trainings include Spacial Dynamics with Jaimen Macmillan and Gestalt Training with Mariah Gladis.  She has been teaching Drama and directing plays at Kimberton Waldorf School for 20 years.  This form of clowning combines her passion for improvisation and theatre, her quest for what it is to be human, and discovering freedom through play.