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

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

Small Matters ProductionsMaster clown teacher Jan Henderson offers her 4-day introductory workshop, suitable for both performers and non-performers. Noses provided.

Using the fundamentals of mask technique, participants will discover and develop their Inner Fool – an alter ego character that lives to play and have fun!

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: May 19-22, 2016
  • Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (28 hours of instruction)
  • Location: University of Alberta Fine Arts Building (FAB), room 2-43
  • Cost: $400. 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 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 four 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.

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