Who is Jef Johnson?
Performer, Director, Public Speaker, Foolosopher, Jef Johnson is considered a leader in the field of performance and contemporary clown. His research and practice are based in "state of clown" - empathy, naive experience, creative consciousness, "the emerging game," patterned behavior, and social identity. A principal artist (2005-2009) in the company of Slava's Snowshow, (Off-Broadway, Broadway, and International Tours). Jef has also worked with Cirque du Soleil as clown animator, special artistic consultant, and workshop director. Founding director of Jef Johnson's Clown Lab in New York City, he is also a master faculty member at Nouveau Clown Institute in Barcelona, Spain. He has served as Director of Faculty for l'Auguste Rendez-Vous and Auguste Studio, Montreal. He is a contributor to Über den Clown [Richard Weihe], along with Dimitri, Popov, Leo Bassi, Gardi Hutter, Pierre Byland. His pedagogy is featured in Pedagogía Teatral y Expresión de la Intimidad, by Irlanda Paredes Hernandez. Jef has conducted over 500 masterclasses and workshops worldwide. His work has been commissioned by many universities and companies, including: Cirque du Soleil, Slava's Snowshow, Camp Broadway, Scuola di Teatro Dimitri (Switzerland), Atelier Teatro Fisico Philip Radice (Italy), National College of Art and Design (Ireland), American Circus (Chile), KICS International School in Khartoum (Sudan), International Theater Festival for Youth (Egypt), University of Salford (England), International Clown School at Pim Theater (Portugal), Texas Renaissance Festival, University of Houston, University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania, Colombia University, Wesleyan University, New York University, CUNY, SUNY, and in Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART), Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), TEC Monterrey, Universidad de Quintana Roo (UQROO), Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ), Universidad de Guadalajara (UDG), among others. His workshops have been supported by grants from the embassies of the USA and Spain, and many national and state departments of cultural interests. His works include OPEN SPACE, AZAR, SOGNO AL SILENZIO DEL PIANO, SOGNO A LUME DI CANDELA, SÓTÃO, MANANTIAL, WHITE NOISE, O-RÀN-GÉ, ANDA Y ONDA (with Diana Gadish Bonas), SENCILLO, PINCHE SHOW.