I’m in a 3+ year collaborative relationship with 4 other queer white clowns as we develop a show (and post show workshop or conversation) about our ancestry, the ‘white void’, reparations, the construction and practice of whiteness, and other ways to be inside our skins. My collaborators are: Chenda Cope, Patrick Costello, Sarah Lowry, and Travis Sehorn.
The 5 of us are coming from families of Quaker environmentalists, southern slaveholders, mill workers, Mormons, farmers, industrialists and holocaust survivors. Our families became ‘white’ at different times through a range of class, culture and geographic experiences. Through activism, DIY theater work, and friendship we’ve come together to invent this clown show about our whiteness, informed by our queerness, in an effort to enact antiracism and disrupt for our norms. Most of us have trained in Pochinko style clown work, in addition to being musicians, writers, puppeteers, visual artists, directors and a somatic therapist. Our project has been supported thus far by Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Maine where we had a creative residency in August 2018 and in July 2019.
Photo credit: Travis Sehorn, Patrick Costello, Nat May