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Workshop (Edmonton): Introduction to Clown

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Workshop (Edmonton): Introduction to Clown



Fool Moon & Small Matters Productions

Master clown teacher, Jan Henderson, offers a 4 day clown workshop.
April 30 – May 3, 2020

Live in the moment! Shoot from the Heart! Break every rule but your own!

We all have an Inner Fool – the child we once were that society doesn’t allow us
to express. It’s playful and ever-changing nature is our greatest creative resource,
its ability to accept itself unconditionally our greatest source of self acceptance.

Hours: 10 am – 6 pm ( 32 hours of instruction )
Location: The University of Alberta
112th Street and 87th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Fee: $500 includes $150 deposit to confirm registration
Max: 12 participants
To register and for more info:

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.


“The best atmosphere for learning I’ve ever experienced,”
– Marianne Copithorne, AD, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Edmonton

“Jan’s an intuitive master – it’s impossible not to gain personal meaning from this workshop.”
– Hazel Borg, pharmacist

“The workshop was life changing – I’m processing everything through joy.”
– Thomas Trofimuk, novelist

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