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Workshop (Edmonton): Clown & Mask Intensive

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Workshop (Edmonton): Clown & Mask Intensive


MAKE A FOOL OF YOUR SELF – and enjoy it!
Fool Moon & Small Matters Productions

WHEN: July 5 – 26 , 2020

Get in touch with your most authentic, playful, creative aspect in order to discover
and perform your own unique Clown character.

* Creation of 3 Masks – characters brought to life through action & monologue
* Neutral Mask – prime resource for presence, power, authentic impulse
* Colour & Element movement work
* Makeup & Costume as mask
* Play as the source of all creativity
* Discovery of your unique creative process & methodology
* Principles of Comedy
* Juggling
* A final presentation for invited audience

For performers, directors, writers, teachers, and anyone interested in creative process.

“There are many great actors who are not great clowns, but every great clown is a great actor.”
– Jaques Lecoq, master teacher, mask and clown

“ Fabulous course, amazing, wonderful – single best thing that has ever happened to me. ”
– Chris Bullough, actor, director

“ So many discoveries along the road to clown…I’ve truly found my heart “
– Elizabeth Brimicombe, actress, clown, Prof Psychology, U Victoria

“Jan’s wonderful training was such an enriching feast of the arts – a fertile basis for everything I later undertook as clown, actor, and puppeteer.”
– Maarten Leo Reinard, clown, De Spiegal Theatre, Belgium

Jan Henderson is one of Canada’s leading clown and mask teachers and directors. She studied and performed extensively with master teacher, Richard Pochinko, before co-founding with him what is now the Theatre Resource Centre, Toronto. From 1982-91 she was co-artistic director and performer with internationally acclaimed Small Change Theatre, literally clowning her way around the world, discovering first hand that laughter is the universal language. Jan teaches at Opera NUOVA, the Citadel Theatre Young Company, Grant McEwan University, and the University of Alberta, where she has received four awards for excellence in teaching. Her work is featured in the documentary Phyllis’s Miracle, the NFB film To Be A Clown, and the U of A films, The Art of Clowning and Clown and Mask. From 2003 to 2016 Jan taught as part of the Creativity Faculty of the Leadership Development program at the Banff Centre, and she is a recipient of Global Television’s 2005 Woman of Vision award. In 2014 she was nominated for an Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, and she received the 2018 Elizabeth Haynes Stirling Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton. Jan directs for Girl Clown Theatre and is coartistic director of Small Matters Productions, whose shows have toured to festivals in Western Canada, the Toronto Festival of Clowns, Le Festival des Clowns de Montreal, and the New York International Clown Theater Festival. After a twenty-five year hiatus, she recently returned to the stage in the popular Small Matters Productions comedy, Over Her Dead Body, for Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Adventures. Jan is the subject of a new documentary, called the The Wise Fool, directed by Geraldine Carr of Shiny Carr Productions.


Schedule: July 5 – 10, 13 – 18, 21 – 26, 2020

Location: The University of Alberta
112th Street and 87th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

Acceptance: Through interview with instructor – Jan Henderson
Registration: On acceptance
Max enrolment: 12
For more information: Contact

Workshop fee: $1,500.00 (144 hrs of instruction )
Deposit to secure registration: $150.00 (non refundable)

“The vulnerability and openness of your inner clown is absolutely your key strength.”
– Geoffrey Rush, actor

“Clowning offers the performer a freedom that can’t be found in any other form.”
– Angela de Castro, clown

“Play is the highest form of research.”
– Einstein

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