Volunteer as a Performer

Clowns Without Borders exists thanks to the incredible performers who donate their time while on tour with us. If you are new to clowning, we recommend honing your skills before applying.

Overseas conditions:  CWB covers artists’ airfare, food, lodging, and other trip expenses.  You will be performing and teaching a lot, probably in severe conditions.

Clowns Without Borders USA is part of CWB International, an international federation of sister organizations in 15 countries, which all have separate programs and websites. You do not have to be from the United States to work with CWB-USA, but you might check to see if your country has a chapter if you’re not in the USA.

Clowns Without Borders works with people who:

  • Are professional clowns or circus performer who can entertain large (and small) audiences
    without language or cultural reference
  • Can collaborate with other performers to quickly create material, and maintain a schedule of 2-3 performances a day
  • Are experienced travelers, adaptable, physically fit, emotionally stable, and have strong team work capacities
  • Express cultural humility in new and challenging circumstances

If you meet all of the requirements listed above, we welcome you to fill out the form below.

Some projects require special skills. Please let us know if you have:

  • Professional teaching experience in clown, physical theater, or circus skills
  • Play a (portable) instrument
  • Speak a foreign language

Can I volunteer if I am not a performer? If you have other professional skills you’d like to share, please go here.

Thanks for your interest! 

Volunteer Performer Self Evaluation Form

We need concise details about your professional-level skills and experience in performing and teaching to evaluate you as a potential volunteer.

Please Include:

  • A video link and a website link
  • 2 professional references for your performing and teaching
    abilities and include their contact information. (it’s especially helpful to
    list someone who has volunteered with Clowns Without Borders)

Please fill out the form in English or Spanish.

Volunteer Performer

Do you have 10-15 minutes of solo material ready for a crowd of 300 or more without language or cultural reference?
Describe your professional level skills in clown, physical comedy, physical theater, circus, music, and other performing arts:
List briefly your professional performing experience:
Do you have experience with creating collaborative theater very quickly? Describe briefly your experience.
List briefly your high-level training in physical theater, circus, and other entertainment arts.
What skills do you teach proficiently?
Describe your professional experience teaching theater, circus skills, and other related arts.
Do you have experience teaching with little or no language? Or teaching difficult populations or working with kids/adults in crisis? Briefly describe your experience.
Please list two professional references for your performing and teaching abilities and include their contact information. (it is especially helpful to list someone who has volunteered with Clowns Without Borders):
Have you been on a CWB trip before? Done social clowning/theater with other organizations or other kinds of humanitarian projects? Tell us briefly:
What languages do you speak well?
Do you have experience traveling or living in developing countries or crisis areas?
Do you have any additional skills that may be useful on a Clowns Without Borders project such as project management, fund raising skills, writing skills, first aid, etc.
Performing/teaching website, if you have one:
Video link - can be YouTube channel or URL, or a page on your website:
You can upload a performing/teaching resume here. No photos please.