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Sayda Trujillo

Sayda Trujillo shares her clown and activist experience encountering communities around the world and the transformative power of seeing and being seen with levity and ground.

Born in Montreal and raised in Canada, Guatemala and the USA, Sayda is a theatre artist specializing in voice and movement, as well as devising physical theatre performances. Teaching and performance experience abroad includes work in Guatemala, Ecuador, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Colombia, UK, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine with The Freedom Theatre and India. Her solo shows Banana Leaves, Definitely Oops, I Was Raised Mexican, and Win the War or Tell Me a Story have been presented nationally and internationally, most recently at Solo Fest in Izmir, Turkey. Sayda is an artist-volunteer for Clowns Without Borders, and currently serves on their board of directors. Her education combines a BFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts; a postgraduate certificate in Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre; and an MA in Voice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

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Liberating Terror
Essay

Liberating Terror

Clown and Activism

13 November 2020

Sayda Trujillo talks about white supremacy’s prevalence in clown pedagogy and shares how the invincible spirit of the clown has shaped her, “seeping through every tiny crack possible to make itself present to speak, to laugh, to sing, to bounce, to witness, and to encounter.”