Back Where I Started. — Home

Twenty-nine years ago, in 1991, I came to Atlanta to perform at Oglethorpe University. I performed in a tent in the middle of a field. Now, in 2020 I’m back at Oglethorpe University, once again performing under a tent in a field. In 1991, I worked for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. I completed one of … Read more

Black Clown Matters — Home

I’ve been a professional clown for over 20 years. I began this career working for the Big Apple Circus in their Clown Care Unit in 2000. We performed in children’s hospitals. I’ve always found this work to be rewarding. It’s a combination of artist, service, and community that has been consistent throughout my professional clown … Read more

A Salve for the Soul. — Home

“…my soul has grown deep like the rivers.” From the poem “A Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes. “The man with the real sense of humor is the man who can put himself in the spectator’s place and laugh at his own misfortune.” Bert Williams I’ve done a lot of soul searching about clowning … Read more

A Call for Black Laughter.  — Home

A Call for Black Laughter. I’ve been a medical clown for 21 years. With medical clowning, I found my calling. This work requires a performance skillset and a personal vulnerability to be impacted by the patients and families we see. Part of this vulnerability requires that the clowns meet the patients where they are. This … Read more

The Music Continues. — Home

Healthcare clowning has always been close to my heart. Over the years, I’ve watched some programs begin working with adults and eldercare populations. Eldercare clowning is especially close to my heart because of my experience with my mother, Florence Gordon. Mom played the piano at church. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom … Read more

Clown Time at the Hospital — Home

A few notable moments from my most recent day clowning at The Children’s Hospital Piedmont in Columbus, Georgia, with dr. tiny, aka Ron Anglin. Ron is doing an excellent job of organizing and maintaining our clown presents in Columbia. Thanks for his work during the pandemic, we are still hospital clowns. After doing our check-in … Read more