Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 19 June 2022
  •  to Friday, 24 June 2022

    Starts 19:30 on first day - Finishes 12:30 on last day

    Where: Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex

    Tuition Fee: £410

    Deposit: £180 non-returnable deposit secures your place.

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SHORT COURSE: Healthcare Clowning - exploring the clown’s role in a medical environment

SHORT COURSE: Healthcare Clowning - exploring the clown’s role in a medical environment

With Vivian Gladwell and An Valenteyn.   'The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.'  ~ Voltaire


Working in a healthcare environment such as a hospital or a medical institution, clowns require skills such as: empathy and sensitivity to people’s space, communicating without words, moving with ease through charged emotional situations and staying connected with heart whilst assessing the needs of the situation.

As clowns we connect to patients, their family, the medical staff, our clown partner and ourselves. These connections are the ground out of which our work grows. In a medical environment our audience often has to cope with their own fragility and questions.

Our responsibility requires us to learn how to better listen and connect in moments of pain or stress.

This course offers an introduction to healthcare clowning and is for anyone who has begun or is already on this journey.

The group is limited to 12

PREREQUISITE: This course requires participants to have some experience of clowning.



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Vivian Gladwell

Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently.

Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).

He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in 2006, Nose to Nose Germany in 2008, NTN Italy in 2016 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.

He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)

He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.


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An Valenteyn

An was born in Belgium where she lives and works. She trained as a social worker and went on to study mime and movement theatre at the Lassaad International School in Brussels – a school influenced by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq. 

She became so inspired by clowning as a playful and authentic way of being and living in the moment that in 2006 she joined the Cliniclown team in Belgium working as a hospital clown. She is also a coach and a trainer for new members of the team.  

In 2015 she met Nose to Nose. She is currently training as a Clown facilitator with Nose to Nose. She also performs as a clown and actor in music theatre.


Nose To Nose

Emerson College Education Partners, Nose To Nose, run clowning workshops in France, Germany, Italy and North America and Online as well as in the UK here at Emerson College.

'Created in 1990, Nose to Nose brings together our diverse experiences in the fields of theatre, community building, teaching, storytelling, play therapy, counselling, Special Needs and organisational consultancy. 

As facilitators, we believe we stay true to the spirit of clowning when we flow with the creative process of each person, when we nurture its emotional expression and the emergence of the imagination and when we facilitate and free actors to find their own clown, unique and grounded in their relationship to the audience.

By focusing on the individual we go straight to the heart of clowning, which is the search for authenticity both in the social or personal dimensions of our lives.' - Vivian Gladwell

For more information and course details of all Nose To Nose courses please visit https://www.nosetonose.info/uk/course-dates.


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