What do we teach?


Q:  What do we teach at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp?

A:  Everything!

   Maybe a better question would be… “What don’t we teach???”

If you’re willing to learn it, we’re willing to teach it!

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Click to download the schedule to see how each hour is jam-packed!


Consider us like a clown college:

We offer our curriculum much in the same way as a college does: one major course and many minor electives.

COURSE : You will meet with the same instructor for 2 hours every morning, studying one — and only one — of the main courses.

WORKSHOPS : After lunch, you can choose from many different Afternoon Workshops each day! These cover every aspect of clowning, children’s entertainment, business, and performance. Sometimes the staff will be teaching portions of their course in a shorter Workshop format. We recommend you try all our staff. If you like them, then perhaps next year you will want to take a course from another staff on another subject!

Don’t know which Morning Course to choose?

pep talkRelax, we’ve gotcha covered. As part of your registration, you will receive a free P.E.P. (Personal Education Plan) Talk by way of a phone call from Tricia Manuel (aka “Pricilla Mooseburger”). Your P.E.P. Talk will help you get the most out of your time at Moose Camp.

After getting to know what sort of clowning you wish to do, Tricia will give you the best suggestions for which Course and Workshops to take. For more information about your P.E.P. Talk, go to the “What Makes Us Different” section.

We have been tweaking our schedule and clown training educational system since 1996, and it has evolved into the best clown school in the country (in our humble opinion).

Don’t believe us?  Read the testimonials from past students.






Advanced Show Creation

– Sean Carlock

This course will give you the opportunity to walk out of Moose Camp with a full, ready-to-rehearse show complete with introductions and music pre-recorded puppet scripts, and the confidence to get out there and do it. This clinic will help you put it all together in a cohesive way that will boost your professional image. You must provide all of the material and props needed to do the show. This means you either have to drive with a car full of awesome to camp (ROAD TRIP!) or box it up ahead of time and mail it.  We will do little to no actual writing of material. Intros and possibly puppet scripting for recording purposes but you MUST have 5 to 10 solid pieces already written. They can be interactive songs or stories or magic tricks or a juggling routine, etc, etc. This will take some work and prior planning on your part but will be WELL worth the effort!

* Course size is limited to the first 5 students who register for it

NOTE: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character developed before taking this Course.

clown schoolClowning 101

Annette Darragh, Tricia Manuel, Kristen Stewart

Learn the funny art of clowning from the ground up. You will be introduced to make-up, costuming, character development, and performance skills. Their team-teaching approach will seamlessly interweave the skills that will start you on the road toward being a great clown. You will learn volumes in a short time! You will be putting on make-up every day. When you leave Moose Camp, you will have all the basics you need to begin your new life as a clown.

If you have never put on make-up before, then Clowning 101 is the right Course for you!


Eccentric Clown Characters

– Iman Lizarazu

Back by popular demand! If you missed the opportunity to learn from my course two years ago, this is your second chance! This course will use the same approach I taught with previously, but the new focus will be on your unique clown character. We will address three areas: balance and control of the space, meeting and establishing complicity with the audience and with partners, and problem solving as a method of working on stage. After this introduction, we will explore ways of creating material and finding character. The focus is on activating the internal emotional state of the audience and helping the actor to always be interested rather than interesting.

* Course size is limited to the first 15 students who register for it.

NOTE: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character developed before taking this Course.

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Hospital and Caring Clowning

– Jay Stewart

Clowns can bring joy and laughter where it is needed most when they step through the doors of a hospital or nursing home.  You will find this work challenging but hugely rewarding.  Learn how to create material and work with a partner; explore music and skills that entertain, distract and redirect; discover how to “read the room” and make the right choices; and, above all, experience the joy of connecting with an open heart.  Jay brings experience performing in playrooms and patient rooms, making the rounds in hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers, working solo and with a partner.

This course includes a visit with residents in a local care facility, with Jay supervising visits.  It creates the perfect safe and supportive environment to reach out as a Caring Clown.

Note: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character in place before launching into this specialized field.  Please bring any skills you want to share: musical instruments, puppets, juggling, magic tricks, poems, songs and jokes.

fred baisch magicMagic for Clowns

– Fred Baisch

Learn a little of everything in this course.  Fred will show you basic manipulation and misdirection, pocket magic, funny shtick, patter for gags, and bits of business for performers. He will also give you LOTS of ideas for routines! This course will give you lots of ideas for meet & greets and walk-around clowning. He has decades of experience doing birthday parties and corporate events, so be sure to take notes! You will come away with plenty of practical material you can use right away when you get home.

NOTE: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character developed before taking this Course.

karen hoyer clownPuppetry & Storytelling for Clowns

Karen Hoyer


Your puppet takes a breath and looks around – suddenly, magically, it is alive! Now your puppet is your partner and the challenge is to develop material. You’ve learned to manipulate your puppet, you’ve explored voices and partnering – now it’s time to tell the story. You have a story in mind but your puppet might have a better idea and that will cause all sorts of problems. The focus will be on the relationship between your clown self and your alter-ego that comes alive in your puppet. We’ll brainstorm situations, conflicts, conversations and complications. Create a short duet with a beginning, middle and end – polish, rehearse, and perform!

Course Requirement:

Bring a puppet that you have worked with previously, one that’s beginning to have a voice and a style of movement. Puppets with mouth action – muppet style for example – will work best.

The Clown Summit

– Facilitator: Stacy Long-Kuhn

Walkarounds, Routines, & Events

– Mike Fixer

You’ve explored the basics of clown make-up, character development, and costuming.  Now, you’re ready to take the next step.  But, how do you pull it all together into a performance?  Where do you go?  What do you do?  Join Mike to explore the next steps to becoming a successful Clown.  Learn how to create your own comic props and routines, whether performing solo, with a partner, or with a group.   Gain an understanding of various types of walk-around props and where you can find items you can use to develop your own personal gags and routines.  Spend some time with Mike to acquire information about some of the places and types of events where you can put your clown training and skills to use.  Top all of this off with the data you need to help you successfully book your performances and you’re on your way to successful, fun-filled entertainment experiences for both you and your audiences.


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But wait — the education doesn’t stop there!

Besides the Balloon Jams and Make-up Labs, there are also late-night Magic Jams, and early morning Comic Movement, and lots of other clown training opportunities through out each day.

At Mooseburger Clown Camp, the learning never stops!

Click to download the schedule to see how each hour is jam-packed!


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