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Take it From Medical Clowns: Humor Can Heal

  • October 29, 2014
  • By Allison Engel     
Creative actors make the best medical clowns, students at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts learned from three clowning experts.


Actors at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts took a week’s full of workshops from three experts in the growing profession of medical clowning: Karen McCarty, creative director of community programs at New York City’s Big Apple Circus; Atay Citron, founder and director of the medical clowning program at the University of Haifa, Israel; and Wellington Nogueira, who worked in the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit before returning to his native Brazil two decades ago to start a sister program, Doctors of Joy. They learned it is less about circus costumes and tricks than using improv techniques to reach “an audience of one” — a hospital patient.