So You Want My Arts Job: Clown Doctor

A performing arts career that requires a nuanced set of acting and communication skills to succeed. What’s it like to be a Clown Doctor?
a group photo of two clown performers, one female on left and a male on right, playing with children

Sabrina Chan D’Angelo has been a Clown Doctor for almost 10 years, and is one of approximately 70 other Clown Doctors currently working in hospitals around Australia.

Based in Sydney, she works mostly at Sydney’s Children’s Hospitals in Westmead and Randwick, and in paediatric and NICU wards at Royal North Shore Hospital, as well as Bear Cottage (a palliative and respite centre) in Manly.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).