Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College Auditions


2015 Clown College® Auditions Announced

Stay tuned for 2016 Clown College Audition Dates!

This is a once-in-a–lifetime opportunity to audition to become part of
The World Famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Clown Alley

Salt Lake City, UT - September 23, 2015

Wednesday, September 23rd
10:00AM – 1:30PM
EnergySolutions Arena
301 W South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Dallas, TX - August 5, 2015

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
10am to 1:30pm
American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201

San Francisco, CA - July 28, 2015

Tuesday, July 28 2015
10:00am – 1:30PM
Cow Palace
2600 Geneva Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94014

Anaheim, CA - July 28, 2015

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
10:30AM – 1:30PM
Honda Center
2695 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA

West Springfield, MA - July 18, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015
10:00am – Noon
The Eastern States Exposition Center “The Big E”
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089


Note: Auditions will take place in the Big E’s Better Living Center
Audition entrance will be located at Gate #2


About the Audition

Register using the form at the bottom of this page – please read this entire page!


  • What do you look for in applicants to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College? An overactive funny bone and a heart the size of Texas! Also: improvisational ability, a sense of timing, and a sincere desire to be a clown with The Greatest Show On Earth are necessary characteristics of a potential applicant. Previous professional clowning experience is not required.



  • What happens when candidates are selected at an audition to continue being evaluated? They will have an opportunity to see a performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and a more detailed application will be filled out. From there, potentially, another meeting and an intensive training session will be held. The entire process will be reviewed to determine if there’s a mutual fit, and if so, a one year contract could be offered.


Auditionees must be 18 or older and come prepared to show a 3-5 minute routine. This routine should display exaggerated facial expressions and body language, showcase any unique physical skills (juggling, unicycle riding, gymnastics, etc.) and demonstrate an understanding of their comedy, a sense of personality and a true desire to become a member of the world famous, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Alley.


Auditionees should not wear any clown makeup and should not wear any costumes. Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn. It is preferred, but not required, that you bring a headshot and a resume to your audition.