Pirate School!

is the madcap, swashbuckling one-man family vaudeville show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel.

Pirate School! has enthralled, emboldened and delighted thousands of families for over 18 years with it’s own mischievous blend of clown theater, slapstick antics, adept magic and puppetry, zany music, rich special effects score and it's signature brand of boisterous full-audience participation. 

David Engel is an accomplished, award-winning entertainer performing over 250 shows a year at theaters, festivals, libraries, and corporate events nationwide.

David has worked in TV, commercials and film and has been seen on stages across the US, Europe, Singapore and China. He’s played for notable companies as Steppenwolf Theater, 500 Clown, Redmoon Theatre, and for twelve years as a “clown doctor” with the Big Apple Circus’  world renowned

in-hospital Clown Care Program.


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Created and Performed by David Engel                              

Featured in

New York Magazines

“Best of NY: Kids!”

“The Buccaneer stops here.”   ~NY Daily News

“The runaway hit of our festival!”

~Director, National Civil War Naval Museum & Southern Pirate Festival, Columbus, GA


~Director of Programming,

NY Aquarium, Central Park Zoo

Wildlife Conservation Society, NYC

"How did you do that?

I don’t understand how you did that."

~Phillip Glass, Composer

"That was great!

Just great!"

~James Gandolfini, actor

The Sopranos

“I can say with confidence

that David is one of the top tier performers in New York.”

~Entertainment Producer

Big Apple Circus, NYC