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About The Founder of Clown Spirit

Barnaby King is an internationally recognised clown practitioner who bridges the worlds of live performance, clown coaching, and academic research.


His book, Ridicule and Resistance: Clowning as Social Practice in Colombia, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen in 2017. In 2009 he founded the ClownEncuentro International, an annual festival of clowning in Colombia.


He is also the founding CEO of Clown Spirit, a pioneering online resource for clowning. And when he’s not busy doing all those things, he loves to direct and perform in all manner of clown shows, such as his latest creation, Ship of Fools, a collaboration with clowns from Sweden, France and UK.

Barnaby is driven by a desire to make clowning available to more and more people, so that they too can experience the joy, lightness and connection that it has brought to him over the years. This is the motivation behind programs such as THE CLOWN CONNECTION (an 8-week deep-dive into all things clown), CLOWN4LIFE (a small group coaching program) and CLOWNX (masterclasses with experts from all over the world).

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