Circus Smirkus: Partners in Laughter

Part 1


Teaching the fine art of clowning to early adapters is the legacy of Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin and artistic director Troy Wunderlie. Lane Talburt produced this video on the 25-year-old youth circus.



Rob Mermin apprenticed under French mime artist Marcel Marceau before starting Circus Smirkus in 1987. Eight years later Rob took another newby clown under his wing at Ringling Bros. Clown College in Baraboo. Mermin's disciple, Troy Wunderlie, later became artistic director at the Vermont-based youth circus, now celebrating its 25th anniversary tour in New England. This video, is the first of a two-part series on Smirkus, in which Mermin and Wunderlie discuss the strong underpinning of clowning in this world-celebrated one-ring show: 


Video courtesy of Lane Talburt


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