• So, what did this [a2ru] conference really have to do with the arts? Actually, quite a lot. Even though it wasn’t explicitly a traditional conference about the fine arts, I felt like there was an underlying message that artists should always be part of the larger conversation about creativity and innovation. After all, artists have the unique trait of being communicators by training.

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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.