Jeff Raz is an American clown ", actor, teacher, and director. He founded and served as director of the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco, California, the country's only remaining professional clown training program from 2000 to 2010. As a performer he has had leading roles with Vaudeville Nouveau, Make*A*Circus, Pickle Family Circus, and Cirque du Soleil.
In the summer of 2011, he played Aristophanes/Playwright in his play The Road to Hades, performed by the Shotgun Players of Berkeley, California. He recently performed with California Revels.
Raz has taught at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and the San Francisco School of Circus Arts. He wrote solo plays Father-Land, about a secular Jew's understanding of the Holocaust, and Birth Mark, about adoption.
- Lisa Drostova (2001-12-19). "It Takes a Clown". East Bay Express.
- Sam McManis (2003-06-13). "Caps and gowns for the clowns:Final exam for S.F.'s Clown Conservatory based on kids' laughter". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Annette Bercut Lust (2002). From the Greek mimes to Marcel Marceau and beyond. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 0-8108-4593-8.
- Michael Grossberg (2007-05-24). "Cirque du Soleil clown takes highflying role seriously". Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on 2013-01-21.
- The Road to Hades play-bill
- jeffraz.com - professional website
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