NCI 2016 Course Schedule is now available  click here

January 15, 16, 17, 2016

Plymouth, Massachusetts

            What's New This Year?

NCI 2015 was another fun filled year. Now we are looking ahead to the 27th annual Northeast Clown Institute. which will be held January 15-17, 2016.

We are going to test out a new make-up skills evaluation program in place of the make-up competition this year. Here’s how it will work: On Saturday afternoon all students (that’s right this is open to all students regardless of year) who chose to participate will get into make up in one of the designated classrooms. You will need to complete your make up, be changed in to costume and in the lobby outside the ballroom by 4:00 p.m. We will divide you up according to clown type (white face, auguste, tramp/hobo and character). Each group will be brought into the ballroom and each clown will be evaluated by a panel of experts. There will not be a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. Each student will be evaluated based on his/her skills and receive a score reflective of his/her accomplishment. The attendance packet you receive on Sunday will contain an evaluation sheet which provides your score and comments from the evaluators. The higher your score the more points you will earn. Please Noteto receive the Craftsman or Master award you must have attended the institute a minimum of three years

For the fifth year and above students we are offering the judging classes which cover: make up/costume and balloons & skits. We are also working on classes about: circus skits and clown movement.

The vendor room will be filled with the usual cast of characters providing: costumes, shoes, makeup supplies, magic props, walk around gags, balloons and more.

For the 2016 NCI Banquet We are very pleased to welcome the star of Ringling Bros. and the Big Apple Circus, & inductee in the International Clown Hall of Fame ... the one and only "Grandma"!

If you are a first year student please click here to visit the "What To Bring" page 
and see our list of recommended items to bring with you. We are arranging with Simplicity at Clown Supplies to have a low cost introductory make up kit available for you to use as you get started and decide what type of clown you want to be.

As always if you have suggestions for class topics or other things you feel would improve the institute we want to hear from you.

The NCI board members and instructors look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. We expect another fun, educational weekend for all. If you have any questions as you prepare for the Institute please contact me or any member of the board with questions.

Bump a Nose,


Andrew E. Matlins

Dean, Northeast Clown Institute

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