Our Victoria Clown Troupe
Goldie (Amanda Ricks)
Amanda Ricks received her Bachelor's degree in drama from Concordia University in Montreal and her Master's degree in Drama Therapy from NYU. She is a Registered Drama Therapist with the National Association of Drama Therapy. She currently works for Community Living British Columbia as a case facilitator and has a private counseling practice. Amanda has also been a Senior Rehabilitation Counselor at Bellvue Hospital in New York City and a facilitator in Community Development in Northern Manitoba First Nations, but her favorite job was being a professional clown in Montreal. She likes to work, but play is way better!
Stretch (Scott Smith)
Scott has always been a clown (refer to his high school yearbook for confirmation of this) but it was a bad street mime in San Francisco in the ‘70s that got him thinking he could do a better job of it. Heading back to Toronto he took to the streets as well as studying mime, clown and commedia dell’arte. It was there that he also taught mime classes for children and performed in children’s theatre. Upon arriving in Victoria in the early ‘80s, it didn’t take him long to set up his Rent-A-Joke business at the Inner Harbour but the demands of a growing family precipitated a career-drift back to his work as an early-childhood educator (where his clown remained very active). Now, with that chapter closed, Scott still thoroughly enjoys his diminished time with children but he is also thrilled to be spending more and more of his days cavorting with the Sunshine Clown Society.
Ruby-Dooby (Rebecca Ataya)
Mimsy (Ann Sorensen)
Bungle (Jim Ricks)
He has several clown characters including Dr.Bungle, Phoologist and lecturer on Humor