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Visions and Voices- Medical Clowning, Atay Citron, Doutores d'Alegria (Doctors of Joy): Can Clowns Heal? A lecture by Dr. Atay Citron

Guide created for Vision & Voices events: October 6th, 2014, "Can Clowns Heal? A lecture by Dr. Atay Citron" and October 7th, 2014, "Doutores d'Alegria (Doctors of Joy)."

Lecture by Dr. Atay Citron

Can Clowns Heal? The Uses of Medical Clowning

A lecture by Dr. Atay Citron
Monday, October 6, 7 PM
The Forum Room, Ronald Tutor Campus Center 450

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, September 10, at 9 a.m.
USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.

Medical clowns bring the magic of clowning to hospitals and medical centers, engaging the healing powers of laughter and humor. The materials on this guide will help you learn about speaker Dr. Atay Citron, explore the traditions of theater, clowning, and medical clowning, and discover research demonstrating the power of medical clowns.

About Dr. Atay Citron and his work

Watch Dr. Citron's presentation "Professional academic training for medical clowns, the program at the University of Haifa's Theatre Department," from October 2011.

Introduction to Dream Doctors

This brief video shows medical clowns at work and discusses the origins and work of the Dream Doctors Project, an Israeli-based medical clowning non-profit.


These e-books are available to USC students, staff, and faculty.


These books are available to USC students, faculty, and staff.


Serious Play: Modern Clown Performance

Louise Peacock

Doheny, GV1828 .P43 2009

Performance studies in motion : international perspectives and practices in the Twenty-First Century

Atay Citron

Doheny, PN1584 .P457 2014

The rise of performance studies 

James Martin Harding.

Doheny, PN2041.A57 R57 2011


There are medical clowning organizations all around the world. The links below are to some of the groups with established web presences.