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Workshops (Edmonton): Introduction to Clown with Jan Henderson – Small Matters Productions

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Workshops (Edmonton): Introduction to Clown with Jan Henderson – Small Matters Productions

Introduction to Clown with Jan Henderson

 February 21-24, 2013

Edmonton, Alberta

Award winning instructor Jan Henderson teaches her 4-day introductory workshop, suitable for both performers and non-performers. Noses provided.

Using the fundamentals of mask technique, participants in this workshop will develop a clown alter ego based on their Inner Fool – the part that lives to have fun. This character will be explored through improvisation and a specialized use of props.  Come prepared to move, and to Play! 

Learn to:

  • Live in the moment
  • Shoot from the heart
  • Thrive on change
  • Laugh at failure
  • Enjoy the healing power of humour

Jan Henderson’s clown workshops have been a catalyst for creative awakening for people from all walks of life, including researchers, designers, entrepreneurs, health care professionals,  fine artists, and more. 


  • Instructor: Jan Henderson (assisted by Christine Lesiak)
  • Dates: February 21-24, 2013
  • Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (28 hours of instruction)
  • Location: University of Alberta Fine Arts Building (FAB), room 3-121
  • Cost: $400 if you register before January 25th, $425 after January 25th.  
    • A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your registration
  • Maximum class size: 12 participants
  • For more information or to register contact:

Presented by Small Matters Productions (

Jan Henderson

Jan Henderson is one of Canada’s leading clown and mask teachers. She studied and performed extensively with clown and mask teacher, Richard Pochinko, and in 1975 co-founded with him what is now the Theatre Resource Centre, Toronto. From 1982 -1992, Jan was co-artistic director and performer with internationally acclaimed Small Change Theatre. She is on the Creative Faculty for the Leadership Development program at the Banff Centre, facilitates workshops through her company, Fool Moon Productions (, and is a recipient of Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award. Currently, Jan teaches clown and mask in the drama department at the University of Alberta where she has received two awards for excellence in teaching. She is also co-artistic director of Edmonton clown company, Small Matters Productions, whose critically-acclaimed shows have toured festivals in Western Canada, the Toronto Festival of Clowns, and the New York International Clown Theater Festival. Jan’s most recent show, Fools for Love, was an official holdover of the 2012 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.


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