Sherbert the Clown
Story Pirates University

For entertainment meets education: meet Sherry Layne.

I'm a Los Angeles-based arts educator, children's entertainer, writer, improviser, puppeteer, puppet builder, and clown, who may or may not tote around a red nose in her purse*.  I studied film and television production at Chapman University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and improvisation with iO West and Upright Citizens Brigade, earning a fine, artsy bachelor, but I had to share him with the rest of the class.  A compulsive need to talk with my hands led me to the art of puppetry, training at Sesame Street veteran Michael Earl’s Puppet School.  Now, instead of talking with my hands, I talk TO my hands.  More about puppets here!

I have worked behind the scenes writing creative marketing content for major motion pictures, as well as original material for television, stage, the web, and even party games.  Read about some of my favorite projects.

As a teacher, I have over a decade of experience nurturing youth in the arts, leading a variety of performance and writing workshops across the country.  More on that here.​

Additionally, I am an active member of the Story Pirates, a nationally recognized children's media organization.  Not only do I direct and perform with the company throughout Southern California, I am also the Associate Education Director of the Los Angeles branch.



*I do.  There’s also a harmonica in there.


I've travelled nationally leading workshops for kids, teens, and adults in:​






and more!

Each class is tailored to the group, whether it's for one or a hundred and one.  Have something in particular you want to work on, either in private sessions or with your group?  Just ask!

"Sherry is a talented, knowledgeable, and passionate teacher who has incredible skill at instilling that same passion in her students. She is caring and tuned into her student's needs and abilities which lets her adjust her lesson plans to better reach every student in her class. 

She creates a supportive and caring environment in her classroom so every student feels safe and is an important part of the ensemble.

Sherry's students leave class smiling, laughing, and excited to go back and learn more."

Laura Grandi-Hill

Co-Director of the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy


Featured Writing Projects

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Off the Shelf - puppet series - A pair of reluctant readers go to the library for an after-school program to help with their reading skills, and find themselves encountering more than they bargained for with a group of quirky librarians, and a library that’s a world in itself.

Beautiful World - The Beautiful World is a visionary and highly imaginative children’s television show for the modern age.  Every episode teaches preschoolers a new character-building word through music, make-believe, and more as they travel through Truthor's Playhouse, Rainbow Reef, Spaceship 1Love, and beyond.

PuppeTorah - Interactive children's theatrical series with focus on Jewish ethics, using puppetry, mask, music, and improv.  Four  one-acts produced by Babonazo Productions: "Generosity," "Choosing the Right Words," "Sorry," and "Being Positive".

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The Baub Show - Interactive talk/variety vidcast hosted by Bob Merrick that serves up cocktails, musical performances, and sketch comedy.  Reoccuring segments include: Quantum Sleep, Little Desie's Letters to Celebrities, & More or Less Lost.

Reel Teens - “The hardest part [of being this age] is finding someone who will understand you like no other.” –Jacqueline (age 15).  Real high school students star as 3 groups of high schoolers with 3 weeks to produce 3 very different films dealing with what it truly means to be a modern teenager. Developed over a semester of interviews and improv exercises with students from the Ambassador School of Global Leadership in downtown Los Angeles.

Murder Mystery Games:

I Now Pronounce You Dead - 15 players and up - Chicken, fish, or murder?  An uninvited body crashes the already tense wedding reception of a bride and groom from two feuding families. Guests must look past their differences to dig up evidence and discover the killer amongst them while still saving room for cake.

Singin' in the Rainin' Blood - 20 players and up - The movies may be talking, but the guests aren’t when the controversial director of Hollywood’s newest motion picture drops dead at dinner. Guests must sift through the secrets, lies, and schemes to single out the killer before someone else ends up as dead as silent cinema.

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