Back to All Events

Humanitarian Clowning


New clowns welcome! Last week our first group of 9 clown recruits took the first steps of their clowning odyssey and had a lot of laughs in the process. Humanitarian Clowning provides an opportunity for your inner clown to come out while giving back to your community and having lots of fun in the process.  Deriving from the European clown tradition which emphasizes connecting to our shared humanity through both humor and pathos, Humanitarian Clowning is about bringing joy to people in need in a fun, sensitive and caring way. It also involves creating a unique clown personality that is an extension of your own. This spring, RhizomeDC will be offering a series of 3 workshops designed to give a strong foundation in humanitarian clowning:

Sunday March 20 (3-5 pm)  - Games and exercises designed to create a strong group dynamic, communicate through gesture and movement, and instill greater confidence in your clowning repertoire.

Sunday April 3 (11 am-1 pm) - Develop your own clown personality, as well as a discussion of clown fashion and accessories and the ins and outs of humanitarian clowning. There will also be a group public clowning experience and feedback session.

The workshops are open to all ages- no prior experience necessary! Upon completion of all three classes you should feel confident to clown on actual humanitarian visits that the group will undertake.

Where: Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St NW (Metro: Takoma)
When: Saturday March 20, 3-5pm
Cost: $15/session, please register using the link below


Taught by:
Sally Brucker has clowned at hospitals, prisons, clinics, communities, and public squares in Guatemala and Ecuador. A licensed clinical social worker, special ed. teacher, art therapist and artist, she has worked with people of all ages in this area and around the world.. She was a cast member of DC Playback Theatre and London Fusion Playback Theatre.  A Takoma Park resident since 1985, Sally also creates ceremonies for individuals across the life-cycle. ( Sally loves nothing more than to share her skills, learn from the innate wisdom of others and to nurture everyone’s inner creativity.