Veteran New York-based variety performer David Engel has been delighting family audiences since 1989 with his special blend of theatrical clown antics.
David performs over 250 shows a year entertaining thousands of families at theaters, festivals, resorts, museums, libraries, schools, and private events. His signature show, Pirate School! tours performing arts centers and festivals nation-wide.
David has performed in forty U.S states, eleven European countries, the Caribbean, Singapore and China. For thirteen years he's worked as a clown-doctor with the Big Apple Circus’ renowned in-hospital Clown Care Program. David's work has won various awards and been featured in New York Magazine’s “BEST OF NY: KIDS!”
Hallmarks of his “action clown” shows include eccentric props, magic, bubble-play, puppetry, a rich musical and special effects score, and loads of active on-their-feet, full-audience participation. David’s work aims to incite curiosity, empathy, and empower todays increasingly distractible youth.
"How did you do that?"
Phillip Glass, Composer, NYC
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for the tremendous performance! Olive was bewitched and has already asked for you again next year and all the parents are asking, "Where'd you find him?!"
Dad, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
“David was an absolute joy to work with, so professional, genuine, and enthusiastic about his work. I received so many rave reviews from children and parents."
J. Duque, Director of Family Programs, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
"It was a pleasure to present “Pirate School!” for the second time at the Stockton Performing Arts Center. The show was wonderful and the children were awestruck...”
S. DiPietro, Stockton Performing Arts Center, NJ
"It was all just amazing...never a dull moment!"
L. Fahie, Director, Carriage House Day Camp, Cohasset, MA
“You exceeded my expectations. I’ve never seen anyone handle a group of 4 year olds like you."
Dad at a Pirate Party, South St. Seaport Museum, NYC
“I can say with confidence that David is one of the top tier performers in New York.”
K. Manocchia, Producer of Special Events, The Big Apple Circus , NY
“…If you want children and parents to go home remembering how much fun the library can be, then you should definitely add David Engel to your list of performers. He’s too much fun to miss.”
M. Gabrielle, Children's Librarian, West Babylon Public Library, NY
“…it is so great to have parents come up to me afterwards and thank me
for choosing such an awesome performer!"
S. LaSpata, Children's Program Coordinator, Manchester Library, NJ
"Best money I ever spent..."
Mr. V, Gold Coast Library, Glen Head, NY
“The runaway hit of our festival!”
Director, Civil War Naval Museum & Southern Pirate Festival, Columbus, GA
“I could see the spark of adventure light up in my 5yr old pirate's eyes.”
Karen. K, Mom, Brooklyn, NY
"That was great! Just great!"
James Gandolfini, Actor, NYC
“Our sold-out crowd raved after the show, and we can’t wait to have David Engel back!”
B. Fasolino, , The CENTER For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
"David incorporates themes of reading and literacy without being heavy-handed, adjusting his shows to the age level and understanding of the kids in the audience."
C. Baker, Youth Services Librarian, Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, NY
"...your performance was very hard to top!"
L. Gauvin, Recreation Supervisor, East Hartford Parks & Rec, CT
"A fabulous addition to the festival...the kids and parents responded tremendously to your wonderful show!"
K. Prokesch, Director of Special Events, Long Island Maritime Museum, NY
"Head and shoulders above any program I've ever seen."
S. Cavello, Palisades Park Library, NY
“He is the consummate children's performer and entertainer; able to mesmerize both adults and kids with his winning humor, savvy skills and brilliant patter!”
K. Gersch, Producer, CircuSundays & Acrobrats, NYC
“I highly recommend him to any venue looking for a professional performer to provide quality family entertainment.”
D. McGowan, Entertainment coordinator, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
J. Frimer, Director of Special Programs, NY Aquarium, Central Park/Bronx Zoo, NY, NY
“Absolutely one of our favorite acts over the last few years.
I cannot recommend David Engel and his show highly enough.”
J. Revels, Artistic Director, Orlando Repertory Theatre, FL.
"The librarians of Westchester County are raving about Pirate School!"
B.Bishop, Director of Children’s Programs, Somers Library, NY
"We got awesome reviews from all the parents. They all love you!"
K. Ermilio, B.S.A, Pack 86, Blue & Gold Dinner, NJ
“I got messages from a few moms that evening saying their boys thought it was the best party they ever went to.”
J. Rho, Satisfied mom, NY, NY
"Hurry up! Take this opportunity to book a quality program.. .I highly recommended him."
S. Chan Vice-Chair, NJLA Showcase Committee Head of Children's Services South Brunswick Public Library, NJ
"An unparalleled family performer."
G. Wray, Director of Family Programming, Ocean County Library System, NJ