The Dr. Clown Foundation currently employs 53 professional artists from different backgrounds (circus, theatre, dance, music, early childhood education, teaching, psychology, gerontology and special education). They all share a common passion for clowning and have completed specialized training in this field as well as in the specific therapeutic clowning approach used by the Dr. Clown Foundation.
Our artists work in both the Dr. Clown and the La Belle Visite programs. They each play two distinct characters: a clown doctor and a member of the Labelle family. Artists always work in pairs and wear the traditional clown’s nose. Their goal is to establish a personal relationship with the patient and his or her entourage rather than to put on a show. Clowning provides moments of play and laughter that help strengthen the resilience of people in difficult situations.