Jon Monastero has performed as a clown with Cirque du Soleil in multiple special events in Los Angeles. Other fancy theatrical credits include performing in three different shows at the Disney Concert Hall with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra; Holst’s: The Planets (as The Musical Astronomologist), in The Spirit of the Cello (as The Spirit of the Cello) and in The Composer is Dead (Pall Bearer), as well as The School of Night (Harlequin) at the Mark Taper Forum, Summersounds (Jack Donkey) at the Hollywood Bowl and L’Histoire du Soldat (Soldat) with the San Francisco Symphony. He has also been on stage with the award winning Four Clowns in Lunatics and Actors directed by David Bridel and Jeremy Aluma, clowned with the Troubadour Theatre Company’s circus show The Funky Punks directed by Matt Morgan, and appeared in Stefan Haves's Your Town Follies at the El Portal Theatre. Here are more fun and impressive performance related factoids: Jon was awarded the 2008 Ticketholder Award for Special Events and Performances for his skill in commedia dell’Arte in The School of Night, wrote and starred in sixteen episodes of Vatos in Space for Serial Killers at Sacred Fools Theatre, and was among a select group of artists asked to participate in the Soltanoff-Findlay Project with the Center Theatre Group. Jon is a force of nature in the world of arts education having multiple shows on the roster of the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts and Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center's Arts Teach rosters including Ten West's The Fracas Bros. and Quest for Character.  And there's more! Including his commedia dell’Arte troupe Studio Zanni and Civil War Living History in the Classroom - a workshop about the life of a Civil War soldier which he created and presents in schools across Southern California. Jon also performs in the award winning educational show The Bully Dudes, working with David Prather, Keith Berger and Sharon Diskin of The Chameleons Magical Mime Troupe. And, of course, Jon is a proud member of Ten West - the LA-based comedy troupe that has garnered critical and audience acclaim across N. America.

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