Board

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Moshe Cohen, Founder

Moshe, aka. Mr. YooWho, is the founder of Clowns Without Borders-USA as well as the ambassador for CWB-International. Since 1987, he has performed in Burma/Myanmar, Kosovo, South Africa, Nepal, Guatemala, Haiti, Croatia, Chiapas (Mexico), Sudan and Baton Rouge, LA. Moshe performs and teaches internationally. Over the past 25 years, he has given over 2000 performances in thirty plus countries. He teaches workshops exploring the expression of personal humor through physical theater and contemporary clown.

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Selena Clare McMahan, President

Selena McMahan spent her childhood divided between New York and France. In 2005 she received a yearlong travel fellowship from the Watson Foundation for her project « Contemporary Clown Circuit, performance across borders ». She moved to Paris in 2007 to train at the Jacques Lecoq theater school (2007-2009 professional course and LEM scenography course). She has also trained with John Turner of Mump and Smoot, Lory Leshin at the Samovar, and with the Brazilian company LUME. She is an actor-clown with the Parisian hospital clown company Le Rire Médecin, performing improvised and individualized interventions in clown duos. Selena speaks english, french, spanish, and portuguese. She acts, sings, dances, is a puppeteer, makes costumes, and directs. She has performed in : “800 Words” directed by Sonja Moser, “À la Recherche de l’Age d’Or” directed by Susana Lastreto of G.R.R.R, “Pop’pea” directed by Giorgio Barbario Corsetti at Théâtre du Châtelet. She directed the opera “L’Enfant et la Nuit” at l’Académie de Villecroze, and is artistique director of “Inclownito” with Cracheurs de Rêves. Selena has volunteered with Clowns Without Borders USA since 2005 and been a board member since 2010. She currently serves as president on the board of the International Federation of Clowns Without Borders.

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David Lichtenstein, Vice President

David Lichtenstein has been a professional performer specializing in street, clown, and variety theater for 25 years.   He has performed various versions of his one-person Leapin’ Louie Comedy Shows at festivals, theaters, and other events in 28 different countries across five continents. He’s also part of Wanderlust Circus in Portland and he has written reading encouragement and science themed shows that he performs at tons of schools and libraries.  He has organized and performed on several Clowns Without Borders expeditions in Chiapas, Guatemala, Haiti, South Africa, and Palestine.  And he hosts great CWB fundraisers in Portland, Oregon.  His wife Lisa Loving, a journalist, does even cooler stuff.

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Sarah Liane Foster, Secretary

Sarah Liane Foster has been creating, teaching, and performing theatre and clown since 2002, and has performed in thirty states and eight countries. From 2010 to 2014, Sarah assisted and then taught at Giovanni Fusetti’s Helikos International School of Theatre Creation in Florence, Italy. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Sarah has devised eight original shows with Portland’s Nomadic Theatre Co. She has been the recipient of a RACC Professional Development grant, the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship, and the Ben Linder Award for Most Inspirational Juggler. Sarah has regularly performed with Clowns Without Borders-USA since 2005, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

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Kolleen Kintz, Secretary

Kolleen Kintz is a clown, actor, creator, photographer, and musician. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two Dachshunds. She is so honored and overjoyed to be part of the CWB team. Kolleen joined the team as the DC area intern in 2011, and became a board member in June 2014. With CWB, Kolleen has traveled to Indonesia in 2012 and Haiti in 2013 and has helped manage social media/website, merchandise, and fundraising since 2011.

Kolleen is a graduate of Dell’Arte International and a protege of Dody Disanto at The Center for Movement Theatre in DC. Kolleen owns Photos By Kintz, a wedding/lifestyle photography company, with her husband, Bobby. Nothing brings her more joy and than sharing laughter with children and communities around the world. Kolleen is a singing, dancing, acrobatic fool who loves to play and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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Dianna Hahn, Treasurer

As an international educator and advocate for the arts, Dianna enjoys spending time to support CWB! Dianna has worked with a range of organizations developing international programs and training volunteers, students and educators for these experiences. She is currently the Director of Global Routes, an organization that offers authetic cross-cultural service learning programs for high school and Gap Year students. She has taught second grade, au paired in Paris, led students to explore the Caribbean, studied traditional tattooing in Samoa and most recently began dabbling in floral design. She has a masters in International Education from the School For International Training. While not a clown, she loves to be silly and laugh, which is a nice perk of working with so many who clown around!

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Tim Cunningham

Tim was roped into the work of Clowns Without Borders in 2003 when we was literally lassoed by an audience member during a performance with the clowns in Chiapas. Since, this graduate of the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre (’01) has performed with CWB in 11 countries outside of the USA. Within the borders of the US, Cunningham has performed, lectured and facilitated workshops about CWB’s mission and work and universities and high schools. He is currently completing a doctoral degree at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He aspires to bridge laughter, health, joy and play in culturally acceptable and innovative ways.

 

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Anne Olivia Eldred

Anne Olivia is a street fighter… sort of…
She has spent 23 years fighting for social and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally working on trade, development, and electoral issues and their social ramifications. Anne Olivia received her degree from Portland State University, was a Carnegie Mellon Fellow (Public Policy and International Affairs), and Studied in Barcelona at the Academy of Liberal Arts. She has worked in and with numerous non profits over the years, consulting, creating fundraising programs, and organizing with labor and community groups. She is a proud aunt and dedicated to improving the world her nieces, nephews, and all children will grow up in.

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Cathe Giffuni

Cathe Giffuni lives in New York City : )

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David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal, PhD, is the Director of Behavior Science for Columbia University’s Center for Family and Community Medicine. For 23 years, Dr. Rosenthal was a faculty member at the University of Iowa, teaching in the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, and Education. He was named Teacher of the Year by residents in the Department of Family Medicine and was given the College of Medicine Service Award. He was also the Director of Counseling and Health Promotion Services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Later he worked at La Bodega de La Familia and then served as the Executive Director of the Lower Eastside Harm Reduction Center in New York City. Dr. Rosenthal was a licensed marriage and family therapist and has served as president of the Iowa Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He has co-authored a number of books and academic papers and given more than 100 presentations in the United States and has conducted workshops in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Russia, and Greece. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of three non-profit organizations: Heritage Health and Housing, Clowns Without Borders and Kwah Dao. He has also participated as a member or board chair of other public health nonprofits, such as Iowa City Hospice, Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, & the Mid Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse.