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The Clown UnMasked Series – A Comprehensive List 2010 – 2016

The Clown UnMasked

In 2010 I had a concept in my head one day that I should photograph my favorite subjects (Clowns) without their performance costume and makeup and match it with a performance shot. The ‘Unmask’ shot would be black and white and the performance shot in color.  I decided to call it The Clown UnMask. I began shooting in Feb. 2010 with one of the funniest clowns I know and admire. Glen Heroy.

I followed up with many more (almost 50) until I stopped shooting the series in 2016. Here is a comprehensive list of the performers (with links to the original posts) I documented in my ‘hallway’ studio. In the order in which I photographed them. Full post are reached by using the links. Some portrait are provided for visual excitement!

(The wall came down in 2016 so the series was discontinued)

Matt Mitler

Clowns ExMachina

John Leo

Eric Davis

Hilary Chaplain

Audrey Crabtree

Keith Nelson

Ambrose Martos

Joel Jeske

Amy Gordon

Rob Torres

Patrick de Valette

Tiffany Riley

Dick Monday

Julie Ferrier

Fred Blin

Tanya Elchuk

Nina Levine

Hew Parham

Mark Gindick

Peter Daniel Straus

Kevin C. Carr

Jeff Hess

Chris Allison

Drew Richardson

Lilli Sukula Lindblom

Mona Ray

Thom Monckton

Sampo Kurppa

Jenny Lee Mitchell

Michael Trautman

Jennifer Sargent

Maja Bieler

Helen Donnelly

James Godwin

Avner Eisenberg

Summer Shapiro

Neil Arthur James

Gustavo Pace

Didi Sanchezco

Kenny Raskin

Mooky Cornish

Adam Kuchler

Barry Lubin

Daniel Passer

Angela Delfini

Armitage Shanks

Matt Roper

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2014 New York Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret – Sept 18th, 2014

2nd Installment of the Clown Cabaret had “Deenie Nast” hosting the evenings festivities.

Deenie Nast performs at Clown CabaretDeenie Nast (Audrey Crabtree) was the hostess with the mostess at the Clown Cabaret.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_063Tiny and Tall from San Francisco showed an excerpt from their show “LOCKED UP”

Jeroen Bouwhuis performs at the Clown CabaretJeroen Bouwhuis from Amsterdam, Holland performed an excerpt from his show “A Few of My Favorite Things”.

Sexy dancers Animal CrackersAlso on stage were the wild and wonderful, sexy eccentric dancers ‘Animal Crackers’.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_206An innocent audience member got recruited to help Deenie get her shorts on. He actually held her up while substitute Nurse Minnie put them on.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_249Moving the show along were the two hysterical ‘mock opera’ men “The Donovan Ensemble”.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_315After getting nursed with some ‘pills’ Deenie Nast leans on the wall to introduce the next act.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_338Direct from “Queen of the Night” Revue clown, magician and madcap performer Dmitri Hatton turn up the heat.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_420Adding a delightful visual twist to the show was Flash Rosenberg who drew some wonderful icons based on audience comments.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_378By the end of the show Deenie had consumed too much liquid and pills. Off to bed for our princess MC.

The music was provided by Miriam Daly.

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Thursday Sept 25th will be the next Clown Cabaret. Hosted by Summer Shapiro.

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For more information on the Clown Festival go here.

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‘the.humanest’ – Incubator Arts Project – Directed by Peter Musante @St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery

The Incubator Arts Project presented a new theater work inspired by mathematician, WWII code breaker, and creator of Artificial Intelligence Alan Turing.


Directed by Peter Musante

The piece was developed  by the participants:

Sabrina Jacob, Drew Madland, Kaija Matiss, Corinne Robkin, Raphael Shapiro, Summer Shapiro.

I photographed the show near the end of it’s run. Here are some images from the production with a video interview with director Peter Musante.

the.humanist at Incubator Arts ProjectThe theater was set up for the participants on stage, the audience were the judges and facilitators were manning the computer and sound gear stage left.

Sean Brennan runs the technology.Sean Brennan composed the music and designed the sound and ran the tech for the show. Awesome integration!

the.humanest @ St Marks Church in-the-Bowery.Kaija Matiss telling her story to the judges as Sabrina Jacob and Corinne Robkin talk thru the microphones in the background.

Cast members of 'the.humanist' on stage at Incubator arts project.Participants assemble on stage at beginning of 2 rounds of conversations.

Drew Madland tells his story to the judges in the.humanestDrew Madland is very expressive in his conversation with the judges.

Raphael Shapiro delivers his talk with a podium.Raphael Shapiro delivers his talk behind a  podium.

Corinne Robkin performing in the.humanist at Incubator Arts ProjectCorinne Robkin dissects the apple in her very expressive conversation.

Summer Shapiro talks to the audience about her personal experiences.Summer Shapiro talks to the audience about her personal experiences.

Curtain Call for cast members of the.humanestCurtain Call (left to right) Drew Madland, Corinne Robkin, Kaija Matiss, Sabrina Jacob, Raphael Shapiro, and Summer Shapiro.

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Summer Shapiro – “Kinds of Light” presented at The Tank – May 2nd thru May 18th, 2013


Created and performed by Summer Shapiro

Summer Shapiro in "Kind of Light" at The Tank

Summer Shapiro summons the ANSWER from the Audience in her show "Kinds of Light"

Summer Shapiro summons the ANSWER from the Audience in her show “Kinds of Light”.

Summer Shapiro in "Kinds of Light" at The Tank

Summer Shapiro in "Kinds of Light" at The Tank

Summer Shapiro in "Kinds of Light" at The Tank


A lyrical, visual poem with comedy and absurdity.

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Sound and Music by Sean Brennan

Lighting by Simon Harding

Set by Mary Olin Geiger

Press Agent: Emily Owens

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Part of the Series “Flint and Tinder” at The Tank/A Curated series of exciting new independent theater showcasing feriously imaginative emerging artist making work that spans (and often flagrantly combines) physical theater, puppetry, dance, clowning, and more. Curated by Josh Luxenberg and Jon Levin of Sinking Ship Productions. Maggie Baker is the series coordinator.

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For tickets go here!




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Vaudevisuals Interview with Summer Shapiro – “Kinds of Light”

One afternoon last week I interviewed Summer Shapiro. She was smiling and happy talking about her new performance project “Kinds of Light”. After 2 years of absense from the  project she is working diligently on it for a May 2nd showing at the Flint and Tinder Series at The Tank in NYC.

On Sunday, May 19th from 1pm to 6pm Summer will teach a workshop titled ACCESSING THE DEVISER: A on-your-tippy-toes workshop in creating from play. The curriculum will focus on a variety of performance and devising elements, a few being: how to structure your play, dynamism, story structure, physical comedy techniques and authencity. For more information visit:


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The Clown Un_Mask – Summer Shapiro – New York City

Summer is currently preparing/rehearsing for her new show “Kinds of Light” which opens May 2nd and runs thru May 18th at The Tank as part of ‘FLINT & TINDER‘ series.

Legs and All with Summer Shapiro

Summer Shapiro performing in her show ‘Legs & All’.

Summer Shapro in "In the Boudoir".

Summer Shapiro performing her show ‘In The Boudoir’ at the NY Clown Theatre Festival 2012.

Summer Shapiro poses for the Clown Un_Mask

Summer Shapiro poses for the Clown Un_Mask series.

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“In the Boudoir” – Summer Shapiro – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure

“Matters of the heart can be messy and In The Boudoir delights in making a mess. San Francisco comedienne Summer Shapiro, returns to the New York Clown Theatre Festival for her fourth time with this deceptively simple story of a young female clown’s love life. Veering erratically and erotically between exactitude and befuddlement, control and rashness, beauty and broken, Shapiro plays with the consuming need to be liked and revels in the futility of such a hunger.”

Summer Shapiro upsets the scene with clown like absurdity.

Summer finds a volunteer audience member to partake in her festivities.

Summer Shapiro and volunteer enjoy dinner for two.

Summer Shapiro lets down the ‘bed’ to make the boudoir complete.

Pillow fight ensues as the couple gets upset.

Keith Nelson (a 2nd Volunteer) fights with the first volunteer for Summer’s love.

Keith Nelson and audience volunteer duel for the love of Summer.

Curtain call for the cast members.

Summer Shapiro takes a moment.

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For more information about Summer Shapiro go here!

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2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret – Sept 13th, 2012

Hosted by Fantasy Grandma

Fantasy Grandma hosts the NY Clown Theatre Festival CABARET

Summer Shapiro dances with audience volunteer in excerpt from IN THE BOUDOIR

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Billy Schultz performing as Gooper Junior in the “Re-enactments of Country Life”.

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Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown perform in the “Vindlevoss Family Circus”.

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Z Smith performs as Pepito in ‘Pepito’s Big Date’.

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Fontaine and Bernie are Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith in “We’re Not Here”.

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Mona Ray performing an excerpt from her one-woman show “Don’t Run, RUSH!”

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Mister & Missus Clown perform in “Blind Love”.

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Check out the upccoming shows and Cabarets at The New York Clown Theatre Festival.


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NY Clown Theatre OPENING NIGHT Preview Cabaret – Sept 7th, 2012

At the end of the day (after the Clown Parade and Pie Fight) The New York Clown Theatre Festival hosted a PREVIEW CABARET with a sample selection of some of the upcoming shows scheduled for the Festival. Here is a few photographs taken at the PREVIEW CABARET!.

Audrey Crabtree and Robert Honeywell host the Opening Night Cabaret

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Cirque This presented an excerpt from their MACHINATIONS show.

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Poe and Mathews perform a misadventure in the middle of nowhere.

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Nina Levine performs an excerpt from her show THE QUITTER.

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Emmet and Merril Garrick perform an excerpt from their show TO OPERA WITH LOVE.

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Denni Dennis and Kate Taylor perform an excerpt from UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS

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Jeff Seal and Chris Manley perform  an excerpt from their show NEON LIGHTS.

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Alan Fessenden performs an excerpt from WHAT IF I’M DEAD.

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The Company “LA PIARA” from Mexico City perform an excerpt from GUERRA.

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Summer Shapiro performs an excerpt from IN THE BOUDOIR.

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Will Shaw performs and excerpt from his show DEADPAN ALLEY

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Small Matters Company from Edmonton, Canada performs FOOLS FOR LOVE.

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For more information on these and other NY Clown Theatre Shows go here!

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Best of 2010 – New York Clown Theatre Festival

Thinking about the upcoming 2012 Edition of the NY Clown Theatre Festival I remembered doing lots of photographs at the 2010 Festival. Here are some of the highlights from that great, fun Festival. Hope you will come out to this years!

Eric Davis hosting an evening of Clown Cabaret at the Festival.

Peter Musante and Summer Shapiro performing in the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Gabriela Munoz performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Butt Kapinsky performing on location for the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Will Shaw performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

There were lots more clowns at the 2010 Festival and you can see them all here.

Consider attending this year’s shows as they are all new, from all over the world in a very intimate theater. THE BRICK.

For more information on the festival go HERE!