Kendall Cornell, Creator and Director.
Read all about Kendall and her solo clown work here.

Amanda Barron  Off-Broadway: Mindgame with Keith Carradine and directed by Ken Russell. Helen of Troy in The Beauty Project (LMCC), Lady M in Macbeth (HERE Soho), Einstein's Dreams, The Changeling (The Culture Project), Twelfth NightMuch Ado About Nothing, The Rover (Lincoln Ctr. Clark Theater), Writing To Vermeer (Lincoln Center), Gloria, Mrs. Garrud's Dojo (Theatre of the New City), Living London/Hellmouth (NY Int. Fringe Fest.), Putzi's Progress (Abingdon Theater), Terminal (Vital Theater), A Silent Exchange (Greenwich St. Theatre), Medeamaterial, Destroy She Said (Schapiro Theater).  Film & T.V.: One Fall, The Demon Lady, The Good Shepherd, Apparition, The Insect God, Tea Before Honour, Bloom, The Lovers, Law & Order: CI, and Still Life. You can see more of Amanda at www.amanda-barron.com

Carla T Bosnjak is a theater artist and performer. You can usually see her playing all over NYC and the world with her family gypsy punk rock band "BAD BUKA" where she sings/screams in English and Croatian and plays the tambourine dangerously. Badbuka.com

You can also catch her at LaMaMa where she is either teching, light designing or performing. Her life long dream has been to be a clown and she is overjoyed to be a part of the troupe. BUBO hvala ti za podršku!!!

Julie Kinkle has been with the troupe since it's inception in 2005. She has been doing some form of theatre since the age of twelve. She performed pantomime for 2 years with Creative Arts Theatre Co and was a member of the improvisational group Wingnuts.  She’s had the privilege of playing traditional male roles numerous times including Pentius in the Bacchae and a formidable General in the war play East West. In 2010 she performed a rare speaking role in Strauss's Intermezzo at the New York City Opera.

Michaela Lind hails from Stockholm, Sweden.  This natural brunette with portuguese blood can understand six languages, and sang Abba medleys alongside the Chinese Children’s Opera in Beijing, China in 2000. In the cold north, she played Shakespeare at Steninge Castle of Stockholm, and gained experience in experimental and modern theater. After further theater training at the Russian acting school GITIS, she crossed the atlantic to New York City. Most recently she has received her degree in Ritual Focus Performance Techniques, but not before popping over to Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a tupperware trunk filled with life size puppets. michaelalind.tumblr.com

Diana Lovrin recently returned to New York from her quasi-celebrity life in Croatia and Slovenia to reinvent herself as a clown and to sing, dance and shake some bad-ass shakers with her family’s Gypsy Punk Rock band, Bad Buka. She’s played on many stages with a vast array of bands as a front-man and back vocalist, in small smoky jazz clubs to large festivals worldwide and on TV screens. She’s acted and performed in TV & Web commercials, Croatian and Slovenian soaps and drama series, and in theater and musical theater. To stay supple and invigorated Diana also practices yoga, meditation and various dance forms, and highly recommends the the mental concentration practice of crunching potato chips in odd places.

Lucia Rich is a recent transplant to NYC, trading the mountains of Colorado for the towers of Manhattan.  She has an MFA in Physical Theatre from LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts), and has created numerous collaborative theatre, dance and puppet pieces with groups such as The Octopus League, Helander Dance Theater, and Margarita Blush Productions. She is a lover of movement, extreme body language, yoga, Lindy Hop, and dreams where she can fly. In general, Lucia thinks talking is overrated. In the 10th grade she and her best friend won the Iowa state mime competition. Lucia has an extensive Laffy Taffy wrapper collection that she keeps, color coordinated, in a glass box.

Maria Smushkovich had a great time studying directing at the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS) in Moscow. At the time, she was one of the few young woman directors who worked in repertoire  theaters in Russia. 'Equus' by Peter Shaffer was among her best directing achievements. Not settling for a single career track,  Maria took off for new lands and fortunes. On this journey, she helped to build "Gesher" theater in Tel-Aviv as associated director, wrote a play, got married and had a son, and played in various shows. Then Maria followed her husband to US, directed a few plays in the NYC, including Vieux Carre by Tennessee Williams in TSI, and her own one act comedy 'New Eliza Doolitle'. For the last 5 years Maria is a member of Kendall Cornell's Clown Ex Machina troupe, performing in all shows, improving her clowning skills, and enjoying it more and more. She also performed with Julie Kinkle an original clown piece at The New York Clown Theatre Festival 2006 at the Brick theater.

Virginia Venk has been with Kendall and the amazing troupe since its inception. In addition to joyfully jumping around as a clown she has continued to perform in New York.  Plays include Ionesco's The Lesson (Soho Repertory Theater)  Samuel Becket's Rockaby (Westbeth), Pennylyn White’s Bocca Alla Lupa (Access Theater), Harold Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska  and  No Dogs allowed by Shel Silverstein (TAI Theater). Her latest independent film Tommy and Sabrina Get Divorced will open this fall. Directing credits include a festival of one-acts at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Virginia is also a corporate coach with TAI, devoted lover of yoga, a singer and has just discovered a love of writing.  Reading all those books since the TV went off did help, and now it’s 10 drafts (nobody said it was easy) into an original film.  She is also currently working on her first one woman show.  And would like all to know that there is nothing better though than a clown jam! You don’t need even need the peanut butter, but that’s good too!

Christine Bodwitch learned the art of hiking without shoes in Indonesia.  In her spare time, she likes to freestyle rap and rummage through other people’s garbage. She also makes a mean borscht. She has been choreographing, teaching and performing dance for over 15 years and created a dance company that made science, sculpture and movement pieces. She is a mother of a 4 year-old girl, a dog named Fig and a cat named Moss. She was thrilled to channel her inner death metal singer in one of the clown shows and hopes to keep finding other hidden people through clown.

Melinda Ferraraccio - Training includes a BFA in Theatre from Niagara University, intensives with the School of Physical Theatre in London, and The New York Goofs Ultimate Clown School.  Performance work includes Nat’l Tours: Peter Pan (Wendy) with Theatreworks USA, The Miser (Marianne), and The Three Musketeers (Constance) with National Theatre of the Performing Arts. NYC and Regional Credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot), The Rover (AGT), Much Ado About Nothing (NYRF) In the Belly of the Beast With Two Backs (Here! Arts Center).  When she’s not clowning around Melinda teaches yoga to both children and adults, theater and art to preschoolers, holds a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and works to provide creative outlets for the siblings of children fighting pediatric cancer.

Kathie Horejsi is a performer and mommy blogger in Brooklyn.  Her shows include: Valuable Job Skills; Let Go, Go On; and Nailing Jello to a Tree.  She made her clown debut in a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of the musical Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and ten years later graduated from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in Florida.  A degree from the University of Montana School of Journalism led to employment as a reporter, columnist, lobbyist, UPI stringer, and Congressional staffer in Washington, D.C.  She has performed as a featured clown and stilt-walker at Nagasaki Holland Village, Japan; cruised the Inside Passage, repeatedly, as a deckhand on the M/V Spirit of Discovery; and paddled a kayak through sea ice when working summers in Glacier Bay, Alaska. 

Emily James is a performer, writer, clown, multi-media artist and clairvoyant who was born in Greenwood, South Carolina.  She has studied clown with Mick Barnfather and Phillipe Gaulier and improv comedy at the Magnet Theater. In Ilvesjoki, Finland, she created a video piece "Forbidden Fields" and used her love life as the medium for "Not Really Love Letters".  In Austin, TX, she created theater installation pieces with the Furry Animal Debutante Society for people stuck in traffic jams and made a series of videos called "Desperately Seeking Johann".  Her short movie, "Hairbit," was shown in film festivals in Tennessee and Switzerland.  Apparently they have a similar aesthetic.  Who knew?  Well, she did.  She's a clairvoyant. She most recently performed her new show CHANNEL ONE at the 2010 NY Clown Theatre Festival at the Brick and also completed a run at Triskelion Arts with her duo James and JF. Their blog is www.jamesandjf.blogspot.com.

Ishah Janssen-Faith is a performer, clown and writer. She most recently co-created and performed "Channel One" as part of the duo James and JF at the NY Clown Theatre Festival at The Brick Theater. She trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier in London and went on to co-create and perform “A Pig Behind Their Eyes”, and “Napoleon In Exile”. In New York, Ishah is the Artistic Director of Coffee Cup, a theatre co., with whom she has co-written and starred in Turning Tables (Collective:Unconscious), Standing Clear (Access Theatre) and We Are Being Held (undergroundzero festival at PS122). Strictly as an actor, she has most enjoyed playing Olivia in “Twelfth Night” and Margherita in Dario Fo’s “Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay!”. She has performed various clown pieces at HERE, New York Downtown Clown Revue, The Moon and Galapagos. More info: www.jamesandjf.blogspot.com

Mona Le Roy is a dancer, a clown and mother of two boys. Mona's favorite places she has performed at include the American Museum of Natural History, Windows of the World, UP&CO Gallery, and the Slipper Room. She teaches traditional Brazilian and Middle Eastern Dance as well as obscure choreographies from cult films and music videos. Mona also persuades grantmakers to support causes she believes in, makes imaginative, elaborate costumes, builds websites, bakes delicious desserts, can install tongue and groove flooring, and can change diapers in the dark.

Judi Lewis Ockler  is an actress, stunt performer and vaudevillian.   NYC credits:  The Jaded Assassin (Ohio Theatre), Carmen (NYC Opera), Barefoot in the Park (Amateur Comedy Club).  She is an associate artist of the NYC theater companies’ Lady Cavalier Theatre Co and Flying Fig Theatre Co, and has performed/choreographed in oodles of their productions. Regional credits: title roles in Peter Pan, Sylvia; As You Like it (Phoebe), The Three Musketeers (Constance). Stunt credits include the feature films Across the Universe, Enchanted, andThe Nanny Diaries, and TV shows 30 Rock, Kings, Law and Order: CI.  Judi is also co-creator of The Pirate Circus, a children’s show playing throughout the tri-state area (www.thepiratecircus.com).   She now teaches stage combat at AMDA and The School for Film & TV, NYC.

Clare O’Sheeran is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theater MFA program. She is a classically trained singer, a self taught gardener and full time Pilates instructor. She recently performed with the Ragdoll Engine Collective in Triskellion's Comedy in Dance Festival and is a part of the HiveMind Theater Company. She has long loved physical theatre and clown, and is thrilled to be working with Clowns Ex Machina.

Alyson Perry is based in Brooklyn, Bikes & Homemade Bread. She concocts confections, tart and melancholy. Plays with objects: is a puppeteer with Erin Orr, Kate Brehm, Theodora Skiptares and also performs junk-puppet street shows across the U.S. and here at home. Is a believer in the inner life of discarded / pedestrian materials and would like to show you. She climbs up, crawls around, becomes upside down (acrobat); tosses and catches (juggler), considers herself a tall person (is not a tall person) and will walk on stilts to be so. She enjoys enlivening spaces and is designing and installing a mural in Philadelphia (summer 2011). She formed a troupe: The Ragdoll Engine…we make shows. Also, she observes the future unfolding (NYC teaching artist). Enjoys magic, encounters, coin tosses, the sound of bells and when the sky turns blue. BFA from Tisch (Theater & Photography).

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