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A panorama shot of Naomi, Andres and the audience

Audience of One

Six months ago, CWB – USA wrapped our last performance in Myanmar. Over the course of the tour we spent 60 hours on planes, six hours a day in the car, and performed for over 9,000 people. Amidst all those … Continue reading

Women Have the Moral Authority

Marisol Rose Shapiro writes about the situation on the ground in Tijuana. The 2019 Tijuana tour was unlike any CWB – USA has ever done. The team performed at the border, as families waited in line to learn who would … Continue reading

Colorful balloons are laid out on a cement surface

Sharing Love

Darina Robles is the founder of Llaven nü, a social circus program in Mexico, and frequent CWB – USA collaborator. She writes about meeting a special little boy during the Tijuana tour, in which CWB performed for migrant families at … Continue reading

All the clowns squeeze inside a wooden picture frame

In Their Own Words

CWB – USA actively collects feedback from project partners and hosts as part of our commitment to ethical work. During our recent tour to Palestine, we asked our audiences to describe their experiences and interactions with the clowns. These conversations … Continue reading

Clowns Without Borders leads a workshop for Palestinian children

Workshops for Kids

Our project partner, Diyar Theatre, offers classes to youth and adults. As part of this tour, CWB led a few workshops for Diyar Theatre’s students. Ania Upstill and Matthew “Poki” McCorkle share their experiences leading a workshop.  Ania Today we … Continue reading

Four clowns fit into a picture frame

Working in Translation

The majority of CWB – USA performances are free of language, however language (and translation) are often essential for our clowns to travel and create their show. In multi-cultural teams, the artists adapt and learn how to collaborate with each … Continue reading

A handful of unicycles hang on a whitewashed cinderblock wall

Negotiating Borders

Our name, “Without Borders,” speaks to the ethos of our organization, but in many ways is a misnomer. Often, negotiating borders, visas, and checkpoints takes a significant amount of time on each tour. For many of our audiences and collaborators, … Continue reading

Dustin stands in front of the group of kids at IIOM

Each Person Is an Individual

Dustin J. Allen reflects on his participation in the 2019 Balkan Route Tour. He writes about the need to see people as individuals, with their own aspirations, fears and dreams.  My tour with Clowns Without Borders USA is all wrapped … Continue reading

Palestinian Clowns

Welcome To Palestine

Matthew “Poki” McCorkle and Ania Upstill are in Palestine for a two-week collaboration with Diyar Theatre. The tour started with workshops for Palestinian clowns. Ania shares their first experience of the workshop. First Workshop Teaching our first clowning workshop in … Continue reading

Molly Rose and a local partner touch pinkies in Friendship Park

Ojala Que Nos Vemos

During CWB – USA’s recent tour to Tijuana, the team performed at the border as families waited in line to learn who would be granted asylum interviews. In this blog, team logistician Molly Rose writes about the difficult living situations and … Continue reading

A little girl peaks sideways as she watches the clowns perform

Balkan Tour Diary: Part 2

CWB – USA board member David Lichtenstein is on tour with Clown Me In founder, and longtime CWB partner, Sabine Choucair, and Dustin J. Allen. The three are traveling along the Balkan Route, walked by migrants from North Africa and … Continue reading

Group photo after Moshe's workshop in Guatemala

Meditation, Resilience and Clowns

Clowns Without Borders USA founder Moshe Cohen is in Guatemala leading workshops for social workers, mental health professionals and educators. Moshe has a long history of clowning in Guatemala, starting in 1996! Today’s workshop is held in Guatemala City, and … Continue reading

Silhouetted against the sun

Balkan Tour Diary: Part 1

CWB – USA board member David Lichtenstein is on tour with Clown Me In founder, and longtime CWB partner, Sabine Choucair, and Dustin J. Allen. The three are traveling along the Balkan Route, walked by migrants from North Africa and … Continue reading