Inner Clowning

(Justine MacDonald)

(Ann Sorenson)

(Nayana Fielkov)

I have sought ways to open, support, and heal unresolved trauma in myself (sometimes mistakenly identified as anxiety and depression) since 1995. I discovered inner clowning in 2000 and knew immediately that I had discovered a powerful art form.  Inner clowning uses shadow work, movement, sound, gesture, emotional expression, and authentic impulse. This is to “bypass the thought process”[1] and be in emotional honesty with oneself as performer and with the audience in a playful two-way conversation that transforms.  Inner clowning is exceptionally potent in its ability to integrate unconscious aspects of self towards wholeness[2],[3] while humour lightens the intensity of the process. I am currently interested in a physiological approach for emotional availability and a psychological-artistic framework for personal development as articulated by David McMurray Smith (Pochinko lineage) and through a mentorship with Nayana Fielkov.

Workshops available online or in person. LET’S PLAY!


[1] Wallace, I. (n.d.) Richard Pochinko: False Face Society.  Retrieved from www.richardpochinko.com

[2] Carp, C. (1998). Clown therapy: The creation of a clown character as a treatment intervention. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 25(4), 245-255.

[3] Coburn, V. & Morrison, S. (2013). Clown through mask: The pioneering work of Richard Pochinko as practiced by Sue Morrison. Bristol: Intellect.