Zoom: Demystifying Failure Through Play – A Clown’s Guide to Learning on Saturday, 11 07 2020 at 12:30 p.m

Southern California Chapter

of the California Association for the Education of Young Children


Demystifying Failure Through Play – A Clown’s Guide to Learning

There is a spontaneous, fearless, and playful part of yourself just waiting to get out, and there’s only one thing stopping it: your fear of failure. Failure is vital to the learning process; in fact, it is probably our first and most important learning tool.

Experimentation, risk, and curiosity drive the learning process from the very beginning of our lives, but as we grow and develop anxiety around being wrong, we lose the valuable tool of failure. Professional Clown and Teaching Artist Mike Funt invites you, in this workshop, to explore the power and benefit of a healthy relationship to failure through play, connection, and vulnerability. The workshop includes improv and theatre games designed to encourage participants to “celebrate their failures in public” as well as group discussions and reflections on participants’ existing relationship to failure. Mike brings his years of training and performance experience as a clown to help you discover a silly, curious, and mischievous learning mindset that is rooted in humility and not afraid to fail.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use play to diminish a fear of failure and encourage students to take healthy risks.
  • Learn how to use vulnerability to build confidence and innovation.
  • Learn how to use connection to develop equitable and inclusive collaboration.


Featured Presenter:  Mike Funt

Mike Funt travels the globe performing and directing as a clown, director, and teacher. Funt has led workshops in clown, mask, and circus arts in China, India, Japan, England, France, Brazil and all over the U.S., with his home base at The Clown School in Hollywood. Funt is also a regularly performing clown and performer in the circus, in the theatre, theme parks, cabarets, comedy clubs, and through the relief efforts of Clowns Without Borders and medical clowning. For years, Funt served as the Artistic Director of the internationally-touring, multi award-winning clown troupe Four Clowns.

Clown training includes work with Philippe Gaulier, Stefan Haves and John Gilkey of Cirque du Soleil, Avner the Eccentric, and instructors from Ringling Brothers. He has also studied with play expert Dr. Stuart Brown and works with Brown’s National Institute for Play. Funt has trained extensively in Laughter Yoga with Dr. Madan Kataria.

Additionally, Funt is a Mentor Leader for PlayMatters!, a committee of the Southern California Chapter of the California Association for the Education of Young Children. 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.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

12:30 p.m. – Log on/Welcome/Introductions/Resources

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Presentation by Mike Funt

2.5 hour Zoom Webinar

2.5 hours of Professional Development


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