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Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown
Though she sees her work as serious, U of M theatre professor Sarah Brown doesn’t avoid clowning around. In fact, she encourages it — à la Patch Adams.

Brown, on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Israel for the academic year, is teaching several workshops on “medical clowning” to students at the University of Haifa. The Israeli school is the only university in the world to offer a bachelor’s in medical clowning.     “The course is designed to help children cope with hospital stays and long term illness,” Brown says. “It’s a course of study that teaches students not only about performance and clowning, but also about medical therapies so that the performers can ultimately become an integral part of the medical team.”

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