All the world loves a clown! Actually, not so much. Let’s face it, clowns scare the bejesus out of people. When I tell folks that I trained as a clown I understand when they step back in primal terror and run away, screaming and sobbing.
Clowns stir up uneasy feelings even for the tough nuts. But fear not, kiddies, the clown has some helpful things to teach us about being free and alive and present when everything seems wretched, horrible, and hopeless.
Richard Pochinko, a visionary teacher and director, created the Pochinko Method, which trained performers to draw on their own anxieties and insecurities to create believable and compelling characters. These masked tricksters helped the audience take a journey into parts of themselves they would rather not see or know about.
By viewing these aspects of myself through the clown, I give myself a way to…