The Clown Institute is a professional clown arts lab
dedicated to researching and delivering intensive workshops and regular classes in the art of theatre clowning.
Its pedagogical practice is founded upon the Poetry of Nonsense manifesto:
Alicia Gonzalez is a performer and coach specialising in clowning and the creation of original and physically-told narratives for stage and screen.
She discovered clown in New York studying with Virginia Scott. Her fascination for this art was immediate and this began a succession of experiences in clowning, both on stage, in hospitals and now online. She later trained in Paris, France at Ecole Jacques Lecoq with the likes of Jos Houben and then later with Eric De Bont in Spain.
Alicia now utilises physical training as central to the actor and clown. Inspired by the teachings of Lecoq, her clown approach and research is focused on the poetry and the metaphors that traverse and express out of the clown to help us reach an absurd profundity, a deeper understanding of the human condition, of the universal that goes beyond the personal. She’s facilitated clowning and movement classes for actors at Laugh Masters Academy including a long list of other amazing and reputable art centres, academies and theatres across NSW.
She’s an ensemble member for Clockfire Theatre Company, for who she’s written and performed in A Hunger Suite, We, the lost company, The Natural Conservatorium for Wise Women and most recently Night Parade of 100 Goblins for Sydney Festival. She is also Associate Director of children’s book and show The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch.
For Choo Choo Troupe she writes, tours and performs live and online comedy shows. Her latest achievement is touring family show You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid the Cheese across regional NSW. She’s also performed at the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy and Fringe festivals. She’s proud to be known as Dr Ding Dong, a medical clown doctor for children’s hospitals.
When she’s not trying to find absurdity in the everyday idiosyncratic human condition, she enjoys eating croissants.