The Acme Clown Company uses popular theatrical traditions to amaze, educate, and entertain audiences of all ages.
Based in Chicago, Acme primarily produces and promotes the work of its Boss Clown, Chief Bottlewasher, and Big Cheese, Adam Gertsacov. Occasionally, we collaborate with other artists or organizations to create bigger or different shows.
Adam teaches, performs, and creates new work using puppetry, circus, clowning, mask, commedia dell’arte, and improvisation. We’ve produced historical shows about PT Barnum and Henry Hudson, puppet shows for children and adults, strolling shows for fairs, festivals, and parks, and theatrical shows for theatres and festivals and even the occasional wedding Adam’s show The Acme Miniature Flea Circus has been performed in 37 states, 5 countries, been featured on Japanese and Australian radio and American television, as well as featured in articles in newspapers throughout the United States. It was even a question on Jeopardy!
Adam is the former Clown in Residence at Foxwoods Casino, the current reigning Clown Laureate of Greenbelt, Maryland, and has taught American clowning techniques to university students in America and abroad. He was a certified teaching artist in the schools in both New York and Rhode Island before moving to Illinois in 2014.
Adam is also the author and creator of the popular blog Clown Link: Links to all Things Clown and Wonderful.