Jeremy Aluma is an award-winning, Jewish-American theatre director and producer of Iraqi descent. He founded the internationally touring clown troupe, Four Clowns and served as artistic director during the first seven years. Credits include: Abraham & Isaac (MuBe Cultural Theatre, São Paulo, Brazil); Four Clowns (La MaMa, NYC); Pinocchio and Robin Hood (South Coast Repertory); Sublimity (Theatre Row, NYC); Lunatics & Actors (Shakespeare Center, LA); Henry’s Potato (REDCAT, LA); Beyond Dark (Odyssey Theater, LA); Jonah (Annenberg, Santa Monica); Crumble (Sacred Fools, LA); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Urban Theatre Movement, LA); and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Alive Theatre, Long Beach). Nationally, he has directed productions at Chopin Theatre (Chicago); Gremlin Theatre (St. Paul, MN); Exit Theatre (San Francisco); Indy Fringe Theater (Indianapolis); Space 55 (Phoenix); and Insurgo Theater Movement (Las Vegas) amongst others. He is the recipient of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Exchange International Grant, the City of Santa Monica, Annenberg Community Beach House Residency, and the Long Beach Arts Council Community Project Grant. Since graduating Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Directing, Aluma has attended prestigious training programs such as, the Master Conservatory program in Bali, Indonesia; Director’s Lab West; and The Actor’s Center in NYC. He continues to teach and take classes at The Clown School and is currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at The Theatre School at DePaul University. jeremyaluma.com
Kevin Klein is currently serving as Managing Director for Four Clowns. Four Clowns credits; Four Clowns @ 2010 Hollywood Fringe (as Angry Clown) Four Clowns @ Long Beach Playhouse, Sacred Fools, South Coast Repertory and 2011 National Tour (as Mischievous Clown), Robin Hood at South Coast Repertory (as Robin Hood) and Four Clowns: Romeo & Juliet (as Romeo & Nurse). Kevin studied clown at The Clown School under the tutelage of David Bridel and Orlando Pabotoy. In 2005, Kevin toured Los Angeles/Orange County with Shakespeare by the Sea, where he played Jack Rugby in Merry Wives of Windsor. Kevin has performed at the following venues in and around Los Angeles: Sacred Fools Theatre, The Artworks Theatre, Open Fist Theatre, South Coast Repertory, The Garage Theatre, and The Long Beach Playhouse. Regional theaters include: Neo-futurist, Chopin Theatre (Chicago), The Gremlin (St. Paul) and Indy Fringe Theater (Indianapolis). Kevin enjoys running, lifting weights, and playing various musical instruments in his spare time.
David Bridel is the Director of The Clown School in Los Angeles, and a Four Clowns company clown. Four Clowns credits; Lunatics & Actors (Writer & Co-Director) and Sublimity (Writer, Co-Director and as Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As playwright, director, choreographer, and teacher of acting, movement and clown, David's work has been seen at the Mark Taper Forum, the Ford Amphitheatre, the Broad Stage, the Odyssey Theatre, TEDxUSC, and the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble in LA, the BMI Musical Workshop and the "Bound for Broadway" series in New York, at Shakespeare & Company and Barrington Stage in MA, the Roy Hart Theatre in Malerargues, France; in opera houses in Los Angeles, Paris, Vienna, Munich, Mexico City, Guanuajato, and Santiago; on screen (PBS Great Performances Series and Dancing With The Stars); and at universities, festivals, and theatres in the USA, UK, Israel, China, Hong Kong and Brazil, including the National Theatre of China in Beijing and at the Stanislavsky Institute in Sao Paulo. He is the Associate Director of the MFA in Acting and Associate Dean for Global Initiatives in the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California.
Before becoming Artistic Director, Mike Funt served for two years on the Executive Board of Four Clowns as the Director of Touring, and has worked with the company for the past five seasons. Four Clowns credits: nationally touring The Day They Hung The Elephant (writer/performer) including as guest artist for the 2014 Georgia Theatre Conference, That Beautiful Laugh (performer), Sublimity (assistant director & stage manager), and Somewhere Like Earth (conceiver/writer). Additionally, Funt works with local LA Clown Troupe, The Innocents, and is a highly-respected and sought after teaching artist who travels the world leading workshops in clown, mask, and circus arts. Other favorite past performances include Jean Lafitte in his original slapstick comedy show, Jackson-Lafitte: A Vaudeville, Capitano in several Commedia dell'Arte shows, Clown 1 in The 39 Steps, and Orgon in Tartuffe. Funt has directed many shows utilizing his personal brand of physical performance including Servant of Two Masters, a stage adaptation of the 1971 film, Cold Turkey, and his own translation and adaptation of Moliere's, The Imaginary Invalid. He is an instructor at The Clown School and has taught physical improv at iO West and iO in Chicago. Clown training includes work with David Bridel at The Clown School, Philippe Gaulier, Aitor Basauri, Stefan Haves and John Gilkey of Cirque du Soleil, Avner the Eccentric, Aziz Gual, and instructors from Ringling Brothers. He formerly taught at the San Francisco Comedy College and served five years as head of the Theatre Department for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program.
Jon Monastero is currently serving as Education Director for Four Clowns. Four Clowns credits; Lunatics & Actors (as Dr. Duchenne). Monastero has performed in multiple special events with Cirque du Soleil and is part of their active database of clowns. He has been on stage at the Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in four productions; The Composer is Dead (2008, 2013), The Planets (2012) and The Spirit of the Cello (2009). He's also been on stage in The School of Night at the Mark Taper Forum, Summersounds at the Hollywood Bowl and L'Histoire du Soldat, a joint production of the San Francisco Ballet and SF Symphony. Jon is 1/2 of LA's premier physical comedy duo, Ten West which has received audience and critical acclaim across N. America since 2005, and is also a founding member of LA's only commedia dell'Arte troupe Studio Zanni. Monastero has trained at The Clown School with both David Bridel and Orlando Pabotoy. www.tenwest.net and www.studiozanni.net
Amir Levi is currently serving as Outreach Director for Four Clowns. Four Clowns credits; Four Clowns(as Nervous Clown) and Robin Hood@ South Coast Repertory (as Sheriff). Levi's LA theater credits include Absolutely Filthy (Sacred Fools), The Chrome Warrior (Lyric-Hyperion), Merry Wives of Windsor (Porters of Hellsgate), Male Matriarch (Long Beach Playhouse), Amir Levi: Closer to Myself (The Coterie at the Renaissance Hotel), Balm in Gilead (Coeurage), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Urban Theatre Movement), Long Beach Poppin' Play Festival (Alive Theatre). New York: Male Matriarch (FringeNYC 2011), Te Busco (45Bleecker), Age of Pie (Atlantic Theater Conservatory), Turning (Working Man's Clothes), several performances as a dancer with companies Ann & Alexx Make Dances, Philippa Kaye Company, and Amirs company, The Poisonous Ladies. Internet: Unicorn Plan-It (unicornplanit.com). Film: Special Needs. Upcoming: Amirs next concert, Bound to You. www.theamirlevi.com
Raymond Lee is currently serving as Design Director for Four Clowns. Four Clowns credits; Four Clowns (as Angry Clown), Robin Hood at South Coast Repertory (as Little John, Prince John, Friar Tuck & Will Scarlet), Four Clowns: Romeo & Juliet (as Mercutio, Lord Capulet & Friar Lawrence), That Beautiful Laugh @ 2012 Hollywood Fringe (as O'Precious) and Lunatics & Actors (as Pepe). Raymond Lee is a Los Angeles native. He has performed at several venues in and around Los Angeles, some of which include: The Ahmanson Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Sacred Fools Theatre, The Carpenter Center, Open Fist, The Hayworth, UCB, The Queen Mary, The Garage Theatre, and other venues. Regional theaters include: Neo-futurist, Chopin Theatre (Chicago), The Gremlin (St. Paul) and Indy Fringe Theater (Indianapolis). Favorite television credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Ben and Kate, Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, Trophy Wife. He has appeared in over ten national commercials and on his days off you can find him playing at The Clown School or hanging out with his momma. www.theraymondlee.com.
Jen Davis is currently serving as Co-Grants Director for Four Clowns. She recently moved to LA from the Pacific Northwest where she finished her BA in Theatre and helped to start a number of small theatre companies. Since being in LA, Jen has written a column for Bitter Lemons entitled The Belly of the Beast. She recently began study at The Clown School with David Bridel.
Turner Munch is currently serving as Co-Grants Director for Four Clowns. Four Clowns credits; That Beautiful Laugh @ 2012 Hollywood Fringe & Long Beach Playhouse (Director) and Four Clowns @ 2011 San Francisco Fringe (as Mischievous Clown). Munch has trained with The Clown School with David Bridel and Orlando Pabotoy for three years. He continues to assistant direct Nancy Keystone and the Critical Mass Performance Group with their on-going new works Alcestis and Ameryka.
Four Clowns credits; Four Clowns (as Sad Clown), Robin Hood at South Coast Repertory (as Maid Marian), Lunatics & Actors (as FIFI) and Four Clowns: Romeo & Juliet (as Juliet & Benvolio). Alexis studied clown at The Clown School with David Bridel and Orlando Pabotoy. Alexis has performed at the following venues in and around Los Angeles: Sacred Fools Theatre, The Artworks Theatre, Open Fist Theatre, South Coast Repertory, The Garage Theatre, and The Long Beach Playhouse. Regional theaters include: Neo-futurist, Chopin Theatre (Chicago), The Gremlin (St. Paul) and Indy Fringe Theater (Indianapolis). Alexis is way better than you at killing Zombies; you can try to battle Alexis if you want, but you will lose.
Connor Kelly-Eiding is currently serving as Co-Assistant Marketing Director for Four Clowns. Four Clowns credits; That Beautiful Laugh @ 2012 Hollywood Fringe & Long Beach Playhouse (as Peking Duck). She is a graduate of the BFA acting program at USC’s School of Theatre and has trained with The Clown School for the past two years. She has performed on many stages across Los Angeles, including The Antaeus Company, the Ivar Theater, the Pico Playhouse, the Asylum Lab Theatre, a bunch of theatres on the campus of USC, a warehouse in Atwater Village, a parking garage in downtown Los Angeles, and several others. Connor is also a member of the Mechanicals Theatre Group. She has provided the narration for audio books for Audible Inc and Penguin Audio, as well as voice over for several industrials and a kids’ computer game.
Julia Davis is currently serving as Assistant Education Director for Four Clowns. Four Clowns credits; Robin Hood @ South Coast Repertory (as Maid, Solider, Archer & Henchman) and That Beautiful Laugh @ Long Beach Playhouse (as Clown). Davis has appeared in For the Birds (presented at The Getty Villa with the Troubadour Theatre Company), Servant of Two Masters at Archway Theatre, and Forget My Name at Son of Semele. She clowns around regularly with Four Clowns, The Clown School and The Troubadour Theatre Company. She is also a member Actor's Equity and the Antaeus A2 Ensemble. She earned her BA from San Francisco State and her MFA from USC.
Adam Carpenter is currently a Company Clown for Four Clowns. He is a graduate of NYU's Experiment Theatre Wing and has studied with The Clown School since 2011. As an improviser, Adam continues to perform at UCB: NY&LA, Second City, and Improv Olympics. Adam regularly collaborates with Zach Steel and their work has been produced at such prestigious theaters as La Mama, the Gene Frankel, and PS122 in New York. Adam and Zach are currently in rehearsals for their upcoming show Flipping Houses For Fun & Profit.
Dave Honigman is currently a Company Clown for Four Clowns. Four Clowns credits; That Beautiful Laugh @ 2012 Hollywood Fringe & Long Beach Playhouse (as Tom One Klepton), Lunatics & Actors (Stage Manager) and Four Clowns @ South Coast Repertory (Stage Manager). Honigman was in Turner Munch’s Bitter Lemons award-winning Porter’s MacBeth and is on the Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Café team, serving you steamy lattes and “Et tu Brute”s. His work can be found on the internet and probably in his mother’s scrapbooks. His favorite form of humor is self-deprecation; he only wishes he were good at it.