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

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

group2Weekend Introduction to Clown with Jan Henderson

June 14 & 15, 2014

By popular demand! Master clown teacher Jan Henderson offers a 2-day introductory workshop, suitable for non-performers and performers. Noses provided.

Using the fundamentals of mask technique, participants will unleash their Inner Fool – an alter ego character that lives to play!

Learn to:
• Live in the moment
• Shoot from the heart
• Thrive on change
• Laugh at failure
• Enjoy the healing power of humour
• Break every rule but your own

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 performers.

• Instructor: Jan Henderson, assisted by Christine Lesiak
• Dates: June 14-15, 2014
• Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (14 hours of instruction)
• Location: University of Alberta Fine Arts Building (FAB), room 3-125
• Maximum class size: 12 participants
• Cost: $200. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your registration.
• 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 of 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 three awards for excellence in teaching. She is also resident director of Edmonton clown company, Small Matters Productions, whose critically-acclaimed and award-winning shows have toured festivals in Western Canada, the Toronto Festival of Clowns, and the New York International Clown Theater Festival.

Christine Lesiak is an Edmonton-based clown-theatre artist and co-artistic director of Small Matters Productions. She is co-creator/performer of their red-nose clown shows Fools for Love, Sofa So Good and Why Do Fools Fall in Love? and most recently writer/solo-performer of Ask Aggie. Christine has performed her shows at festivals throughout Western Canada, at the Toronto Festival of Clowns and the New York Clown Theater Festival. She curates Edmonton’s Fool’s Gold Cabaret which incorporates a mentorship program for developing clown-theatre performers. Christine has trained extensively in clown theatre with Jan Henderson (Fool Moon Productions), Michael Kennard (Mump and Smoot), and Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey, UK) and bouffon with Adam Lazarus (QuipTake). Other key influences include improvisation (Rapid Fire Theatre, Keith Johnstone), puppetry (The Old Trout Puppet Workshop) and immersive theatre (Punchdrunk U.K).

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