Jeff Smithson at Ted-X: “Our body is a mouth that never stops talking”


Take a look at this video clip of a mesmerizing Ted-X performance by Institute faculty and clowning impresario Jeff Smithson.  An alumnus of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College and advocate for the power of play and performance everywhere, Jeff has brought his skills at pantomime, slapstick and silliness to pediatric wards and executive coaching seminars alike. At Ted x Moses Brown School,  Jeff tells the audience how he uses breath, stance, expression and gesture to connect with others:


Our body is a mouth that never stops talking…We can bring our attention to our bodies…We can choose to be in touch with our breath….we can become more present with another person….to surrender our own agendas and meet them where they are.

Jeff is a featured guest faculty at the popular Institute workshop:  Laughing Matters! with Mary Fridley and Marian Rich.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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