Aitor Basauri at Tamasha Developing Artist's Actor/Director labs 2010



“Aitor has boundless energy. He loves what he teaches and he loves to teach. Aitor’s easy, even temperament is as genuine and reassuring as it is compelling and empowering. His enthusiasm for what he does is evident and contagious. He approaches his students as he approaches the material … with humor, with clarity and authority, with knowledge, and with profound respect.”
Jane Nichols
Professor at The Yale School of Drama


Clown masterclass

1 Day Clown Masterclass with Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri

Saturday 30th November 2013, 10am-6pm
Location: London

Deadline: 12 November 2013

This opportunity is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds. Suitable for students, professionals and non-professionals, 18+.

A 1 day workshop with Aitor Basauri, Spymonkey co-founder, and one of the most eagerly sought-after teachers in the field. Aitor was born in Bilbao, Spain. For the past 20 years he has been teaching and performing clown all over the world, regularly holding sold-out master classes in London and New York. Aitor has been staff tutor at École Philippe Gaulier Paris; taught for Cirque du Soleil/Cirque du Monde Foundation, New York Clown Theatre Festival, Celebration Barn Maine, and at universities, institutes, and festivals to students, professionals and clown doctors all over the world including Madrid, Berlin, Damascus, and Taipei. He is a co-founder and performer in the internationally renowned clown company, Spymonkey. His teachers include Philippe Gaulier, Cal McCrystal and Pierre Byland.

If you have seen a Spymonkey show, thought 'I would love to learn how to make people laugh but I am not a performer' then you are the perfect student. The less you know the better! Aitor will teach you how…

In this Clown Masterclass, you will learn to further discover what makes you funny, hone your skills and practice making an audience belly laugh! Through clear and specific instruction, Aitor will support you to develop and hone your comedic skills in a safe and fun environment. This positive group dynamic will allow you focus on following your impulse, being adventurous and taking risks. Start to truly understand yourself as a performer and be ready to laugh until your face hurts!

“It was fantastically liberating. The workshop is about being yourself and tapping into what is uniquely funny about you. At first it was pretty intimidating to stand in front of the group with out acting-up or spouting rehearsed funnies, but in time with encouragement, help and expert guidance from wonderful tutor Aitor Basauri it becomes a joy to lose yourself in the moment and improvise…The group were perhaps the warmest and most generously supportive bunch I have ever had the privilage to work with and that undoubtedly added to the security I felt. Failing or ‘flopping’ became as much fun as getting a laugh, nearly.”  Workshop participant

Cost: £50 per day
[Please note that payment must be received in advance, upon email confirmation that you have been allocated a place. If you cancel your place on or after Tuesday 19 November then we will be unable to refund your fee. This is to ensure we can continue to hold masterclasses at this subsidised rate as they rely on a minimum number of confirmed participants.]

It's easy to apply: Send us an email with your CV/Headshot or Spotlight Link and 300 words on why you want to do the masterclass. Please send to Felicity on with “Clown masterclass” in the subject line.

Deadline: 12 November 2013

We ask that participants inform us of any requirements before the workshop so that the tutor can adapt to and accommodate needs as necessary. For insurance purposes, Tamasha takes no responsibility for accident or injury. 

If you have any further questions or queries, please contact Felicity at the office on 0207 749 0090 or