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Naomi listens to a patient's heartbeat with her stethoscope

Haiti, Eight Years Later

This year marks the 8th anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. CWB – USA has maintained a long-standing relationship with the people of Haiti, commencing 17 distinct projects and sharing smiles with over 66,000 people. … Continue reading

CWB after a performance in San Salvador

Even Heroes Cry

In 2017, CWB – USA toured to El Salvador. Two of our volunteer clowns, Coi Coi and Ana, wrote about their experiences and Ana also included the following reflection on what it felt like to leave, after the intense work of … Continue reading

St. Maarten performance

Spreading Joy, With a Red Nose

CWB – USA’s final project of 2017 was a joint effort among colleagues from the USA, UK and Brazil chapters. Four clowns traveled to the island of St. Maarten, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma. CWB – USA clown Alex O’Brien … Continue reading

Kaitlin performs in Haiti.

Laughter Transcends All Languages

Geoff Marsh, aka Gypsy Geoff recently toured to Haiti, along with Kaitlin Kauffman and our very own Development Director, Naomi Shaffer. During this tour, CWB – USA participated in a special partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières-France (MSF-France), leading workshops for hospital … Continue reading

Geoff high-fives a little girl as she spins a plate.

Our Point of View

Geoff Marsh, aka Gypsy Geoff recently toured to Haiti, along with Kaitlin Kauffman and our very own Development Director, Naomi Shaffer. During this tour, CWB – USA participated in a special partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières-France (MSF-France), leading workshops for hospital … Continue reading

Geoff cheers as a boy spins a plate.

A Humbling Experience

Geoff Marsh, aka Gypsy Geoff recently toured to Haiti, along with Kaitlin Kauffman and our very own Development Director, Naomi Shaffer. CWB – USA has a long and strong relationship with many communities in Haiti. During this tour, we participated in … Continue reading

Everything We Do Is Powerful

Our St. Maarten tour is wrapping up. For this tour, a group of international Clowns Without Borders members, from the USA, UK and Brazil, came together to perform for the people of the island of St. Maarten, which was hit … Continue reading

Clowns work with MSF caregivers in Haiti

Helping In Ways We Can’t See

Geoff Marsh is currently in Haiti, along with Kaitlin Kauffman and our very own Development Director, Naomi Shaffer. For this special tour, we’ve partnered with Médecins Sans Frontières-France (MSF-France) and will lead workshops for hospital staff, as well as our … Continue reading

Spinning plates in Haiti

The Room Shifted, and We Shifted Too

Kaitlin Kauffman, Geoff Marsh and Naomi Shafer are currently on tour in Haiti. For this special trip, Clowns Without Borders – USA has partnered with Médecins Sans Frontières-France (MSF-France) and is performing in hospitals and leading workshops for hospital staff. Naomi … Continue reading

Watercolor drawing of CWB in Less

Laughter Is a Renewable Resource

Whenever possible, we take engagements to share our work by giving workshops and presentations, like we did at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and University of Virginia. Program Director Molly Levine and Development Director Naomi Shafer recently presented to an informal … Continue reading

Girls pose with a clown

Part of the Solution

Hannah Gaff and Leah Abel, along with Sabine Choucair, recently returned from a multi-week tour in Lebanon. For this project, Clowns Without Borders partnered with Clown Me In and its related project, We Must Clown. Leah and Hannah reflect on … Continue reading

Children laughing in Mexico

“Where’s the Clown?”

Moshe’s thoughts from Mexico City, where he is partnering with the 5th Encuentro Internacional de Clown, and a group of Mexican performers. The initiative is called the Brigades de Risa, or The Laughter Brigade. Read his first post here. Mexico City … Continue reading

Group of clowns

The Solidarity and Support Are Real

The Laughter Brigade’s goal is to offer moments of levity, especially for those who have lost their homes in Mexico’s recent onslaught of earthquakes and aftershocks. Moshe Cohen reports from the road, during his informal CWB partnership with the 5th … Continue reading