Three clowns from Clowns Without Borders went on the 2009 trip to Haiti (left to right):
Four clowns from Clowns Without Borders were on the 2010 trip (left to right):
Selena Clare McMahan
ABOUT THE CLOWNS
January 2015, Tim was in Sierra Leone working to help people coping with the Ebola virus.
Sarah Liane Foster lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a clown, actor and teacher. She was drawn to Clowns Without Borders “to do work to affect the world for the better, and help people in difficult situations by doing what I’m trained to do.” Asked why she went to Haiti, she says “Haiti was the first place Clowns Without Borders invited me to go. We went on an expedition to Hurricane Jean-affected areas in partnership with Clowns Sans Frontieres-Canada and CARE. I was strongly affected by that first trip. I was struck by the immense strength and vibrancy of Haitians I met, even in the midst of incredible levels of poverty, disease and devastation. I began to learn more about the country, culture and language. I have now been to Haiti seven times with Clowns Without Borders.”
Suzanne is from Seattle, Washington and now lives in Los Angeles, California. She works as a clown, actor, director and teaching artist. She was drawn to Clowns Without Borders because, she says, “I love that the Clowns Without Borders mission is to bring joy. I chose to go to Haiti because it seemed like it would be a great learning experience. I was interested in understanding Haiti’s history and culture. I also wanted to work with Tim and Sarah since they are Clowns Without Borders veterans.”
Jan is from Manchester, Maine and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. He works as a professional juggler and clown. Asked what attracted him to Clowns Without Borders and the trip to Haiti, he says “ I’d been in social justice organizing since I was a teenager and also acting and juggling since a young age. I’ve always viewed the two as related in some way. I think all performers have to be humanitarians as well, if only in the limited sense that they have to connect positively with other human beings. I’d known many Clowns Without Borders volunteer clowns during my time living in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, and was happy to participate in several years of fundraising performances. For some time I’d been talking with the organizers about going on a trip. The trip they contacted me about going on was a performance/workshop trip to Haiti. Given the recent events there I thought it was an opportunity I couldn’t ignore. I wanted to visit the country for myself and to contribute some energy and humanity to the rebuilding of Haiti. After some years focused on trying to start my own circus career, I was also very interested in becoming involved again with activism, or at least a cause that spoke to me. Since the 2010 project depicted in the film I’ve continued to work with Clowns Without Borders, once on a return trip to the Haitian South, and also on projects in rural Indonesia and Lebanon.”
SELENA CLARE MCMAHAN
Selena is originally from New York City, but now lives in Paris, France. She works as a performing artist and clown. Asked how she came to work with Clowns Without Borders, she said, “When finishing my undergraduate studies, I heard about a grant to explore a theme you are passionate about for a year, to do something crazy that you’ve always wanted to do. The first thing I thought of was Clowns Without Borders. I won the grant, joined two Clowns Without Borders projects in Southern Africa, and spent the rest of the year with other humanitarian clown and social circus groups. Now, ten years later, what seemed like a temporary dream continues to be a major part of my work. Having grown up in between France and the USA, I was very interested to work in Haiti and my language skills were useful.”
As of January 2015, Anna was in Sudan.