QCP #029 | Dan Griffiths, founder of The Church of Clown | Praising Folly, A Peek into the Toolshed and The Life of a Performance Artist
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SAY HELLO TO DAN! Website: http://www.dangriffiths.us/ Kapoot Clown Theatre Skit Video How Much - Created and Performed by Dan Griffiths Donut Goat at the Barber Shop


Dan Griffiths is a multi-talented, experimental performance artist, award-winning theatre director, teacher, and founder of the first Church of Clown in San Francisco. He founded the Clown Workshop, Clown Zero, and KAPOOT Clown theatre. Some of his recent gigs include teaching clown at The Wu Qiao International Circus Festival in Shijiazhuang, China. He also did work as a clown doctor and trainer for the Big Apple Circus and a director of CLOWN ZERO, a Medical Clowning Unit residence at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

For almost 35 years, since 1988, he has performed original theatrical works across the country and around the world. He studied at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and has served on the faculty Clown Conservatory San Francisco, The School for Mime Theater, Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Indiana University Northwest, and Academy of Art University. Dan holds an M.A. in Experimental Performance from New College of California and an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Art from the California Institute of Integral Studies.




  • What type of people does clown/ theatre attract?
  • Teacher Compensation
  • Humanities
  • Observations on Waldorf Education
  • What is the mimetic realm
    • Why do people hate mime performance?
  • How to be more comfortable in performance?
  • Gastro Absurdo
  • Clown Conservatory
  • How to deal with a performance gone bad?
  • Taking the temperature of the room



  • Kettle Chips
  • How to evaluate an experimental performance
  • Overcoming a failed performance
  • Accepting Foibles
    • Dan's follies
  • Being Inflexible
  • Difference between a lifelong  vs a day one performer
  • Times to be serious
  • Frederico Fellini
  • Greatest Joke Ever


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