Thursday, February 5, 2009

NYC Clown Anna Zastrow Brings Smiles to Kids in Cambodia and Thailand

Here is a great story that everybody needs to know about. Anna Zastrow, who is a NYC-based actor and clown (her credits range from Jean Cocteau Repertory's Romeo & Juliet to Breathe...or you can die!, her one-woman clown show in the 2006 FringeNYC festival), spent the last three months of 2008 in Thailand and Cambodia, where she taught clowning to disadvantaged children. "Through clown play," she writes, "the kids will have the opportunity to exercise their self-expression, spontaneity and imagination, building their self-esteem and sense of possibility & accomplishment."

Anna has documented this extraordinary, worthy project in her blog, and I wholeheartedly recommend that you read about her journey. The blog is filled with great photos and observations about these two Asian countries along with vivid descriptions of her work with the kids:

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