Moshe Cohen (Mr YooWho) creates, performs and teaches in the world of ‘the funny.’ For 38+ years now, he has pursued excellence in the elusive art form called Clown, seeking to bring more lightness and laughter into the world through his actions, be it as a teacher, a performer or actor.
Moshe discovered his funny as a street performing juggler on Rue Prince Arthur in 1983. He embraced the role of funnyman, or as they say in Quebec, amuseur publique. A pathway quickly opened leading to European Street Theater Festivals, Canadian Children’s Theater and Folk festivals, Theaters, Varieté, Circus … 35 years later, Moshe performs his one-man show Mr. YooWho’s Holiday on stages world wide for audiences small & tall of many cultures. In his 35 year performing journey, he has crossed the stages of all sizes. In festivals such as Anjos Do Picadeiro (Brazil), Winnipeg Children’s Theater Festival (CAN), Barcelona Olimpiada Cultural, or Les Accroches Coeurs (France), as well as theaters such as the Guanzhou Civic Theater (China), Teatro Jordi Isaacs (Cali, Co), Klein Komedie (Amsterdam) and the Noh Space in San Francisco.
Moshe teaches in Clown/Film/Theater Schools, Zen Centers, Spiritual Learning Centers, Corporations, Medical Clown Groups, Conferences, Universities, and NGO’s. His pedagogy has evolved over 26 years of teaching and continues to expand in the exploration of the world of non-verbal humor.
He began teaching Clown in 1993 at the San Francisco Circus Center. In 2001, Moshe started teaching Clowning Your Zen workshops with Roshi Bernie Glassman, shifting the focus from performing to lightening-up, creating mindful, collaborative communication, and personal well-being.
Moshe continues to teach with Zen Masters offering workshops interweaving Zen meditation and Clowning practice. He often trains Health Care Clowning groups internationally. These workshops focus on inner-and-outer clown connection, non-verbal expression, improvisation, re-vitalizating, resiliency and self-care.
Lightfulness, Sacred Mischief and Clown + Zen Trainings
Moshe offers team building and trainings working with diverse professions such as software engineers, health-care workers, therapists, social workers and teachers. Lightfulness, developed over a year-long team project (2015-2016) with the open source group @ PayPal, offers skillful tools in presence, active listening, and pathways to en-lighten collaboration in working groups. For more information, please visit the Lightfulness website.
After a 1987 trip to perform in Guatemalan refugee camps in Chiapas, Mexico, and a 1991 trip to perform in South African township schools, Moshe joined Clowns Sans Frontieres for a 1994 tour to Croatia. He then started Clowns Without Borders USA in 1995. In 2006, the organization incorporated as a 501(c)3 non profit. CWB – USA operates thanks to the professional clowns who donate their time while on tour.