The heart of what we do is Clown.
Clowns are emotionally present entertainers who playfuly engage their audiences to help them remember to feel optimism, silliness, and full of wonder.
As mascots of the misfits, we celebrate all of the absurd and magical things that make us all feel alive and human.
As creators of physical theater, we back up that lofty purpose with a broad array of variety performance skills, original interactive characters, and classically trained big top circus talent.
We are, as one of our young (and extremely wise) fans said, “more people-y than people,” and that’s what makes the Circus Freaks awesome.
Behind our philosophically-guided red noses…
We are an ensemble of passionate performing artists who take our creative direction from the clown-in-charge, Russ Sharek.
Russ has been described by reliable sources as a zen fool, benevolent supervillain, misanthropic community leader, clown father figure and Impish Cabaret Rasputin.
A self-described “student for life” in the world of theatrical clown, eccentric performance and variety entertainment, he has chased living circus legends around the world in hopes of gaining a small measure of the “clown wisdom” they possess.
Each time, he’s returned from these journeys with a head full of freshly acquired nonsense, and we’ve slowly evolved into a far wiser group of fools for the trouble.
The power to make believe.
Beyond our leader’s ever-helpful descent into madness, we’ve also received classical training from improvisation experts, mimes, mask performers, object manipulators, stilt dancers, and at least one grumpy Russian acrobat.
All of these experts worked with us behind the scenes for a single purpose: to expand our range of play into a superpower.
Play is more than a pleasant distraction. It is a magical ability to manifest a contagiously happy state, to discover games in the moment, and enjoy getting fully lost in them.
In a world that has gotten a little too grown-up, reclaiming that childlike state of wonder can not only re-humanize a gathering, it can inspire and remind people that they are capable of making their own magic too.
Let’s make some magic together.
In fancy marketing terms, this is the key moment where we are supposed to cleverly pivot the conversation into a call to action. While appropriate and arguably necessary, it also sounds exhausting and a little pushy.
It seems a lot more fun to say, “Let’s play together!”
- We have stand-alone (and stand out) variety acts that can drop into your existing and developing entertainment projects.
Need an entire show? We have experience creating fully-produced theatrical events.
Our clowns have a reputation for their fully-immersive shenanigans and environmental character performances. Invite them to attend your event!
Remember those playful skills we mentioned? Develop your own make believe superpowers by having us teach you and your organization.
Got a creative challenge for us? Bring it on!