Clown College: 50 Years of Serious Fun
Founded in 1968 by Irvin Feld, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus College, produced over 1500 graduates, many of whom went on to become professional merry makers. Learn about life in this remarkable and influential institution from three distinguished graduates.
Collecting Recollections features fascinating people with fascinating stories to tell about their lives - The Ringling, the circus, Sarasota- and more. Get your tickets in advance for these intriguing, informal, and informative interview sessions. Reception to follow.
► Tues, Feb 6 | Chuck Sidlow, Class of 1977, Circus Arts Conservatory, Outreach Human Service Manager, professional clown
Chuck Sidlow is a professional comic, comedian, clown, entertainer and much, much, more! He is a producer, director, announcer, master of ceremonies, and consultant. Originally from Philadelphia, Chuck Sidlow began developing his distinctive talents at Atlantic City’s famous "Steel Pier." He also studied the physical aspects of arena entertainment under guidance of some of the most famous professional wrestlers of the 60’s and 70"s. Sidlow further honed his skills as a student at Clown College as a member of the class of 1977.
► Tues, Feb 20 | Peggy Williams, Class of 1970, Former Education Outreach Manager, Feld Entertainment, professional clown
As a speech pathology major working with the deaf and hard of hearing, Peggy thought clowning might sharpen her nonverbal communication skills. She became interested in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and became the first female graduate. She later joined the teaching staff at Clown College, became the assistant performance director for the Blue Unit, the Performance Director of the circus’s tour of Japan, and Education Outreach Manager for Feld. Entertainment.
► Tues, Mar 6 | Robin Eurich, Class of 1975, Circus Arts Conservatory, Outreach Education Associate, professional clown
Robin Eurich works for The Circus Arts Conservatory’s Sarasota’s Education Department and is a member of the Sailors Circus team of coaches, Past experience include his role as Rusty the Handyman on WGN-TV’s “The Bozo Super Sunday Show.” He was an instructor for The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and also performed improve at The Comedy Store. Robin was presented with the Nancy Roucher Arts Education Award at the 2016 Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County’s annual “Celebration of the Art”.
Collecting Recollections is made possible in part through the generosity of Linnie E. Dalbeck Memorial Foundation Trust.