Jon Monastero is currently performing as a clown with Cirque du Soleil in their international touring show TOTEM. Previously, he toured nationwide with the Handsome Little Devils in their Vaudeville Extravaganza Squirm Burpee. Other fancy theatrical credits include starring in four productions at the Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Holst's The Planets (as the Musical Astronomologist), The Spirit of the Cello (as the Spirit of the Cello incarnate) and twice in The Composer is Dead (Pall Bearer), Summersounds at the Hollywood Bowl (Jack Donkey), L'Histoire du Soldat (Soldat) a joint production with the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet and The School of Night (Harlequin) at the Mark Taper Forum for which he was awarded the 2008 Ticketholder Award for Special Events and Performances for his skill in commedia dell'Arte. He's also performed on stage in Stefan Haves' Cirque-A-Palooza at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Troubadour Theatre Company's circus show The Funky Punks at performing arts centers across Southern California. He is a founding member of Los Angeles' only commedia dell'Arte troupe, Studio Zanni which recently performed at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. In 2005 he created Living History in the Classroom which continues to educate and entertain middle and high school students throughout Southern California with programs about the life of an infantryman in the American Civil War and was commissioned by the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts Arts Teach to create a similar program about the life of a 'Doughboy' in the Great War after his well received pre-show performances during the run of War Horse at the Center. You can see what he's been up to on the big screen by visiting Jon's IMDB page.

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