Angela de Castro is a leading clown practitioner and actor, teacher and speaker. She is one of the six first Dream Time Fellows at Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and award winner with the Arts Foundation. She was a member of the circus advisory forum at the Arts Council England and a juror for the Jerwood Circus Awards. She is a charismatic and respected speaker, appearing regularly for discussion panels in Britain (Total Theatre circus conference panellist, London International Mime Festival panellist) and Australia (Australia International Workshop Festival, Chaos and Synergy: Circus and Physical Theatre Conference). She has taught and directed many theatre and circus companies in the UK, Australia and Brasil, and has on-going relationships with the National Theatre Studio, The Performing Arts Labs, Circus Oz and drama schools in the UK and Europe. Her research into the state of clowning has led to profoundly transformative work within theatre, business and education.
Angela de Castro is the founder of The Why Not Institute in London, a new and unique organisation, dedicated to bringing together performance, teaching, professional development, events and resources connected to contemporary clowning. The Institute’s workshop seasons have included ‘Who Said Women Can’t Clown?!’, ‘Rolling in the Aisles’ and ‘Love to Laugh’’.
Having trained with Angela de Castro on her course "How to be a Stupid", Jolie Booth performed under de Castro's artistic direction in the HaHa Harmonics Clown Choir in 2003.