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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

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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

Sabine leads a group dance

Different Realities

CWB – USA is on tour along the Balkan Route, traveled by migrants fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East and North Africa. Sabine Choucair, longtime CWB collaborator and founder of Clown Me In, witnesses the different realities faced … Continue reading

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Reaching the Dream Land

CWB – USA is on tour along the Balkan Route, traveled by migrants fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East and North Africa. Sabine Choucair, longtime CWB collaborator and founder of Clown Me In, writes about lessons best learned … Continue reading

The Value of a Show

People often ask, “Why clowns?” Sometimes, our performers ask, “What am I doing here, as a clown?” Clowning can be confusing, especially amidst the complexity and scarcity that surrounds human migration. As Dustin learns more about the lives of the audience … Continue reading

Balkans 2019

A Place With No Name

Some refugee camps are on maps. Many are not. As CWB – USA travels along the Balkan Route, we work with local organizers to gain trust and access to refugees who gather in informal or temporary “camps.” Often, migrants’ experiences … Continue reading

A clown hugs children in a refugee camp

The Game

Clowns Without Borders performances are a time of levity for people whose lives may have none. In Bosnia, Dustin and Sabine talk with audience members about their experiences of being refugees, specifically of playing “The Game.” Sabine: It’s day two … Continue reading

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2019 Goals: Meaningful Impact and Connections

CWB – USA’s scope is growing. From 2015 to 2018, our audience doubled in size. Each year we steadily increase the number of workshops, performances, and people served. It’s exciting to see that outcome, but it is not our goal. … Continue reading

Clowns shot from the back, facing an audience seated on a hillside

Did CWB – USA Meet Its 2018 Goals?

Laughing Matters! This is the core of our work at Clowns Without Borders – USA. Our artists see and experience laughter’s impact on an audience. You’ve probably glimpsed this in our photos. You’ve read our final statistics from a tour. … Continue reading

Naomi and Leah read a newspaper

No Comedy Without Conflict

Conflict is at the heart of most comedy. But if everyone gets along, there’s not much to laugh at. No Comedy Without Conflict? One of the great joys of physical comedy is watching a fight unfold. Clowns are relatable because … Continue reading

Bekha juggles in a cement bunker

What Is Protracted Displacement?

What does displacement look like? The UNHCR estimates there are 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide: 40 million internally displaced people (IDP); 25.4 million refugees; and 3.1 million asylum seekers. There are also an estimated 10 million stateless people, or … Continue reading