What are all of these ping pong balls on Church Street? Oh, it’s Michael Trautman! He’s back, and we’re thrilled! Michael Trautman began studying mime in 1976, and in 1977 was invited to become a founding member of MIMEWOCK, a Kansas City-based school, and performing company. He went on to train with Tony Montanaro at Celebration Barn, working with Tony for over twenty years. In 1987, Michael trained with Jacques Lecoq at Ecole Jacques Lecoq. Throughout his 40+ years as a performing artist, he has been having fun traveling throughout the world and has achieved a very high level of fulfillment from providing comic relief to those in need.
Variously identified as a visual comic, performance artist, new vaudevillian, mime (gasp), physical comedian, storyteller, magician, and a fool, he claims only to be a clown…and not a very traditional clown at that. He has appeared in the New York International Festival of Clown Theater, Festival D’Ete in Quebec, the Just For Laughs Festival, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was featured on WOW! The Most Awesome Acts On Earth, The Statler Brothers Show, CCTV in Beijing, China, and Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde on France 2 TV.
He has little discretion. In the 1999-2000 season, Michael was the star clown in the national tour of OOPS! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show directed by Tony Walton. From 2006 until 2010 Michael has had the pleasure of working with Mr. Walton on the Broadway-bound production of Busker Alley starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close. From April 2016 until April 2018, Michael joined the staff at MAINE CIRCUS ACADEMY, in Portland, ME where he served as the Artistic Director of the Youth Performance Troupe.
Street Performers will be up & down the Church Street Marketplace Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11-10 p.m.; & Sunday, 11-6 p.m.
All busking shows are free, but we encourage you to show your support by tipping generously!