Clowning for a Cause

  • Alma_Matters
  • 13 Jul, 2021

Clowning for a Cause

By Alma_Matters

July 12, 2012

Episode #82:

 Cleo Handler: Yale Paved the Road to becoming an Actor, Writer, Director.


Cleo Handler graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theater.

The summer after Freshman year, Cleo signed up for a course called “Arts and Public Health in Action: Study of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland.

This course took her to South Africa and Swaziland to work with an organization called Clowns Without Borders.

And yes, they did a lot of clowning.

Cleo and her classmates researched HIV/AIDS and all the Public Health messages around the crisis, and developed their own Clown Personas.

They performed for school kids, visited hospitals. 

They worked with mothers2mothers to educate HIV positive mothers to be nurses in the community.

Clowns typically mean an evening of fun and laughter

Clowning to educate about HIV/AIDS could mean a lifetime of smiles in Swaziland.

 In the Podcast with Cleo, we discussed this and other experiences at Yale University:

  • The Obsession with Theater
  • Why Yale?
  • Student Run Shows 
  • Enriching Summer Experiences
  • Advice to Applicants

If you are college-bound, this Podcast is a must listen to be inspired and motivated about your own future.

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