Archive for April 27, 2015

2015 Ringling Clown Auditions

It is that time of year again, Ringling is planning their Clown College Auditions and announced the dates for two auditions in 2015:

Saturday, July 18, 2015
10:00am – Noon
During the Worldwide Circus Summit
The Eastern States Exposition Center “The Big E”
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089

Note: Auditions will take place in the Big E’s Better Living Center Audition entrance will be located at Gate #2

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
10am to 1:30pm
American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201

For full details, see their website.

If you plan to attend, you must register. They have a form you can use on their website.

Here is a little more information from their website…

What do you look for in applicants to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College?

An overactive funny bone and a heart the size of Texas! Also: improvisational ability, a sense of timing, and a sincere desire to be a clown with The Greatest Show On Earth® are necessary characteristics of a potential applicant. Previous professional clowning experience is not required.

What happens when candidates are selected at an audition to continue being evaluated?

They will have an opportunity to see a performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and a more detailed application will be filled out. From there, potentially, another meeting and an intensive training session will be held. The entire process will be reviewed to determine if there’s a mutual fit, and if so, a one year contract could be offered.

Auditionees must be 18 or older and come prepared to show a 3-5 minute routine. This routine should display exaggerated facial expressions and body language, showcase any unique physical skills (juggling, unicycle riding, gymnastics, etc.) and demonstrate an understanding of their comedy, a sense of personality and a true desire to become a member of the world famous, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Clown Alley.

Auditionees should not wear any clown makeup and should not wear any costumes. Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn. It is preferred, but not required, that you bring a headshot and a resume to your audition.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clown makeup


Kelli Argot one of the clowns with the circus shows the group from the Baum School of Art in Allentown how she applies her make-up. Students brought their artistic talents to the PPL Center on April 4, 2015.