"A DYNAMIC DUO THAT'S SMART, FUNNY, AND STINGS JUST A LITTLE."
"THESE TWO CLOWNS OWN THE STAGE WITH THEIR BRILLIANTLY DUMB IDEAS."
"COCKY ENOUGH TO TRY THE IMPOSSIBLE AND EARNEST ENOUGH TO OPEN OUR HEARTS WHEN THEY FAIL."
"KATE AND ILYSSA ARE TWO OF THE MOST HILARIOUS AND RIDICULOUS CLOWNS I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH."
"THEY COMBINE SUBLIME PLEASURE WITH BRILLIANT IDIOCY."
"I CAN'T EVER GET ENOUGH OF THEIR MADCAP BUFFOONERY!"
Kate is a New York City based comedian and actor. Over the past year, Kate has been devising work with and has studied clown with some of the world's most sought after teachers, including Philippe Gaulier, Aitor Basauri, Zachary Michael Fine, Hilary Chaplain, and Lucas Caleb Rooney. As an actor, Kate has worked at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Ithaca Shakespeare Company, and the New Ohio Theatre in NY. Kate's sketch team, Group Kid, performs every other month in The PIT Striker, their mainstage theatre. Check out her content at www.kate-owens.com
Ilyssa has studied clown with Aitor Basauri of Spymonkey Theatre Company, Christopher Bayes, Zachary Michael Fine, Carter Gill and so many others. Ilyssa’s most recent clown training has been in July 2018 when she ventured across the Atlantic Ocean to get whipped into shape by Philippe Gaulier, The Tormenter himself. “She has eh good pleasure,” Philippe Gaulier remarked after watching her on a Wednesday. Through 2017 and 2018, Kate & Ilyssa have created shows that reveal their hopes and dreams in a bi-monthly run at The PIT Loft in NYC. Ilyssa is super excited for what the future holds collaborating with Kate and working with director Aitor Basauri on a full-length production in 2019! Through much of the 2010s, Ilyssa was teaching children and young adults in public schools on Long Island. Now, she is taking a break from teaching in public school to live a more truthful existence in pursuit of the clown as well as relinquishing the last drops of her dignity to the crippling heat of Bikram yoga.