Board of Directors
David Rosenthal, President
David M. Rosenthal (President) has had a number of different jobs during his lifetime: waiter on a freighter, junior high school teacher, family therapist, faculty member and director of a harm reduction center. He has given academic presentations all over the world, has a number of professional publications and produced/co-directed a number of video documentaries (with Dr. Michael Teague and Steven Henke). David received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Management Programs in Health Policy and Management in the Mailman School of Public Health and a behavioral faculty member in the Center for Family and Community Medicine, Columbia University.
Moshe Cohen, Founder
Moshe Cohen, a.k.a. Mr. YooWho, is the founder of Clowns Without Borders-USA. Since 1987, he has performed in Burma/Myanmar, Kosovo, South Africa, Nepal, Guatemala, Haiti, Croatia, Chiapas (Mexico), Sudan and Baton Rouge, LA. Moshe performs and teaches internationally. Over the past 25 years, he has given over 2000 performances in over 30 countries. He teaches workshops exploring the expression of personal humor through physical theater and contemporary clown.
Erin Crites, Vice President
Erin Leigh Crites is an international theatre artist, educator, and purveyor of make believe. In the past ten years, Erin has traveled extensively to explore the global community and create bonds through theatrical play. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Idyllwild as an ensemble member of Fiasco! Physical Theatre and a full-time instructor in the theatre department at the international boarding school, Idyllwild Arts Academy. She joined Clowns Without Borders in 2010 after receiving her MFA in physically-based ensemble theatre from Dell’Arte International.
A long-time clown, Selena McMahan was the recipient of a year-long travel fellowship from the Watson Foundation for her project “Contemporary Clown Circuit, performance across borders.” She moved to Paris in 2007 to train at the Jacques Lecoq theater school. She has also trained with John Turner of Mump and Smoot, Lory Leshin at the Samovar, and with the Brazilian company LUME. She is an actor-clown with the Parisian hospital clown company Le Rire Médecin, performing improvised and individualized interventions in clown duos. She is the artistic director of “Inclownito” with Cracheurs de Rêves. Selena has volunteered with Clowns Without Borders USA since 2005 and been a board member since 2010.
Sarah Liane Foster, Board Representative to CWB – International
Sarah Liane Foster is a deviser, performer, director, and teacher of clown and physical theatre. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and has performed in 30 states and eight countries. From 2011 to 2014, Sarah was on the faculty of Giovanni Fusetti’s Helikos International School of Theatre Creation in Florence, Italy. Now based in Seattle, Sarah performs with Room Circus Medical Clowning at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Sarah has volunteered with Clowns Without Borders-USA in Haiti, Southern Africa, Colombia, and Turkey, and has served on CWB-USA’s Board of Directors since 2007.
Kolleen Kintz, Secretary
Kolleen Kintz (Secretary) is a clown, actor, creator, photographer, and musician. Kolleen is a graduate of Dell’Arte International and a protégé of Dody Disanto at The Center for Movement Theatre in DC. Kolleen owns Photos By Kintz, a wedding/lifestyle photography company, with her husband, Bobby.
Dianna Hahn is an international educator and advocate for the arts. Dianna has worked with a range of organizations developing international programs and training volunteers, students and educators for these experiences. At one point she was even the director of CWB USA! She currently is the Associate Director at the Gap Year Association. She has a masters in International Education from the School For International Training. When not working, Dianna can be found dancing, spinning, jumping, and giggling with her husband and toddler.
Cathe Giffuni is retired. She has been a board member of CWB-USA since 2015. She lives in New York City.
David Lichtenstein has been a professional performer specializing in street, clown, and variety theater for over 25 years. He has performed his one-person Leapin’ Louie Comedy Show at festivals, theaters, and other events in 28 different countries across five continents. He’s also part of Wanderlust Circus in Portland and he has written reading encouragement- and science-themed shows that he performs at tons of schools and libraries.
Gulshirin Dubash is originally from Mumbai, India, and has spent the last several years making theatre between the United States and India. She has been faculty at Interlochen Arts Academy since 2011. Having received her MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in California, her work is grounded in the pedagogy of theatre practitioner Jacques Lecoq (physical theatre: Commedia dell’Arte, melodrama, clown, street theatre, devised work).
Martha Neighbors, Treasurer
Martha Neighbors (Treasurer) has been fundraising in the arts for more than 20 years, including with Big Apple Circus, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Doug Varone & Dancers. Currently, she is the director of development at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in New York City. Martha also serves on the board of the A.S. Neill Summerhill Trust, which supports Summerhill School in England, of which she is a proud alumna. She has an M.A. in art history and museum studies from the University of California and graduated summa cum laude from Hunter College in New York.
Sayda Trujillo was born in Montreal and grew up in Canada, Guatemala, and the USA. She is a theatre artist specializing in voice and movement. Her training combines a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts; a post-graduate certificate in Physical Theatre from the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre; and a Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London where the training included Vocal Anatomy, Accents, Vocal Pedagogy, and Practice as Research. Her graduate work culminated in her Master’s Thesis, “Latino/a Voices: Reconsidering the ‘Natural,’ ‘Familiar’ and ‘Cultural’ in Freeing Vocal Expression.” Sayda is full-time faculty at Dell’Arte International.