Clowns in the Hospital?! That's Bonkers!: Conversations with Professor Zach Steel About Medical Clowning

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Keith Administration Building (KAM), Mayer Auditorium
1975 Zonal Avenue , Los Angeles, CA 90033

JOIN US for a HEAL and MESH Academy Lunch & Learn event, featuring Professors Zach Steel and Caitlyn Conlin. USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty members and practicing medical clowns Zach Steel and Caitlyn Conlin will demonstrate for you the positive effects clowns can have on patients and their families in the hospital.

The practice of Medical Clowning goes beyond being merely an entertainment service. The clown’s unique adaptability and environmental sensitivity allows them to receive what they are being given from room to room and use it as inspiration for joyful interaction. Rather than imposing a preconceived idea of fun onto an audience, the clown is constantly relearning what fun is from their audience, empowering the patient to become the author of their own creative and healing experience. This is the source of the clown’s ability to transform the hospital environment from a colorless one ridden with pain, anxiety, and boredom into one where there is possibility of joy, hope and companionship.

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