The American Clown Academy is an all-inclusive week long training experience with a wide variety of North America’s premier authorities in clowning. The ACA is located in Forsyth, GA just 45 minutes south of Atlanta. Workshops and Lectures will cover everything from dance choreography to proper pie throwing technique, hospital clowning to circus clowning. The Academy will not only give you practical and personal advice on your makeup, costume, and newest clown performance piece, but also allows you the chance to showcase them before an audience.

What To Expect:

If there was a typical day at American Clown Academy, it would begin with a self serve style breakfast in the mess hall surrounded by faculty and students. Don’t worry if you are an early bird, the coffee has been on since 7:00 am.
Following breakfast, it’s off for morning stretches and choreography class. The level of dance is welcoming for students of any ability, but every student will need to learn their part for the end of the week showcase. From morning dance, we head up to the classroom for a workshop and that will take us right to lunch.
Lunch is served with plenty of seating in the mess hall, so whether you are connecting with professors or building life-long friends you will have a seat waiting for you. After Lunch it’s off to break-out sessions for coaching before more classes and workshops. 
Dinner is prepared at camp and will be served with some of the best fellowship you’ve ever had. When it comes to serving sizes, the cooks exaggerate just as much as we do in class.  Once your tummy is satisfied, back to classes, performances, and ACA Presents.  If you want more there is always something else going on from one-on-one teaching to brain storming sessions.
By the time you retire to your cabin, normally you would fall fast asleep, if it wasn’t for the excitement of what is planned for tomorrow.


The American Clown Academy strives to provide the best clown experience in the Nation, yet still remaining affordable to every level of clown. One way we are able to do this is by partnering with Timber Lake. Timber Lake Retreat Center’s lodging is done bootcamp style! Males and Females bunk in seperate cabins so that you have the true camp experience. No private rooms are available to students. Some special considerations may be made in very specific situations. Timber Lake is not your typical youth camp with wooden bunks, mess hall, and shower house.  It’s a state of the art facility that provides a rustic feeling with all of the comforts of home! You will need to pack linens, a few towels, pillows, and maybe even an air mattress. We will email you a complete list of items you should bring a couple of months before camp! 

NEW to us this year in the cabins is a FULL kitchen. You have 24 hour access to a FULL kitchen complete with Oven, Stove, Full Sized Refrigerator, Dish Washer, Deep Sink, Microwave, and plenty of storage!

If you have special foods or snacks you want during the week…Label them and bring them on!

This is your kitchen to use, just PLEASE KEEP IT CLEAN

Group Movement (Choreography):

Whether you are a morning person or not, group movement will get your body moving and energy flowing. We will be choreographing our opening and closing numbers for the Community Showcase. Whether you have dance experience or two left feet, we have a place for you.  It’s time to wake up and get moving!

One-on-One Time: 

There isn’t ANYWHERE ELSE you will have the opportunity to have such a talented staff available to you for observations, insights, coaching, or brainstorming. Whether at the dinner table or during free time, our faculty is always available and excited to encourage you in every way possible. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity. 

This is what the ACA Experience is ALL about! Take advantage of the time you have with some of the true Masters of our Art Form!  



 “The Big Top Show”- Showcase:

You will learn a ton while at ACA, now what? It’s finally time to show what you’ve learned. Each year the ACA students have the opportunity to give back to the community that has hosted them with a community performance. You will have a chance to AUDITION for a spot on the community showcase as well as show off your new dance skills and walk around routines. The showcase allows students to put into practice what they have been learning as well as give back to the community. The showcase is always followed by a huge pizza party as we talk over the nights’ events and celebrate together.

If you have ANY interest in being a showcased performer in the Big Top Show then you need to prepare a performance piece to Audition with on the FIRST day of camp. This can be a skit, a magic routine, a skills act, or anything you are fairly comfortable performing in front of audiences. We ask that routines be between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. Please come to the audition with ALL your MUSIC and PROPS ready to go. We will have a jury of Faculty members that will watch the Auditions and make notes for the performer to take to their COACHING sessions. Yes, we ask that if you Audition for the show you still utilize the COACHING sessions to make a great routine even better! We will post who made the show on Wednesday at Lunch! 

“The Mighty Pie Fight”:

There is a right and a wrong way to make a pie, and there is a right and a wrong way to throw a pie. You will learn both at the Mighty Pie Fight. Learn how to make a soap cream pie the historic way as well as tricks the circus still uses. What is the point of making all these pies unless you are going to throw them? Learn multiple pie throwing techniques plus various pie routines that still work today.

“Wet and Wild Water War”:

Wow, what a pie fight! You are a mess! Let’s get all that soap off while enjoying the American Clown Academy’s water fight.  Whether you are familiar with the “Busy Bee” gag, the “Washer Women” gag, or any of the other “spit gags” in clown-dom, knowing how to spit, spout, or spray is a needed skill. At the American Clown Academy, you will spend an afternoon learning this invaluable clown skill.


The American Clown Academy boasts the most knowledgeable staff in every area of clown around. If your desire is to join up with one of the remaining circuses, or become a corporate entertainer, you will have the opportunity to talk with those who know what it takes.  What are you interested in: Magic, music, ministry, or mime? We have a teacher for you. Do you like comedy, character development, or circus skills? We have a teacher for you and your desired area of performing!

“Lights, Camera, Action” Center & Much Much More:

There are many other opportunities that await you this year at the American Clown Academy. We will have a professional photographer on campus all week to take pictures of camp as well as to provide you with professional head shots or promo shots.  We  will be offering make-up designs and hints. In the past we have even had a rodeo clown teaching lasso roping and barrel rolling. You never know what will be available.