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Workshops (Calgary): Fool Bodied – Jacqueline Russell

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Workshops (Calgary): Fool Bodied – Jacqueline Russell

FOOL BODIED: A seven-week course in pleasure and play

Clowning is a practice that lives in the wilderness of the body.
This course is an expedition into that wilderness, a trek through imaginative worlds and the landscapes of the body.

Designed to lead participants on a journey into the subconscious, this course will focus on accessing impulse, cultivating play, and failing with pleasure. Learn strategies for escorting ideas out of the ether and into the realm of the actual. Voyage into a space of deep listening to self and others. A seven-week course in the embodied pleasures and possibilities found in a transgressive and rebellious clown energy aimed at breaking all the rules.

“I genuinely feel like this was one of the most transformative and holistically beneficial courses. Clown is one of the most stigmatized words in our language and I was surprised every day by all the things I learned about it, and about humanity in general. I am more myself because I took this course.” – Marlo Hepburn, Actor


Dates: Sunday afternoons from 3:00-6:00 PM
May 7 – June 25, 2023 (no class June 11)
Location: Inside Out Theatre Eau Claire Market 200 Barclay Parade SW
Max class size: 12
21 hours of course content
Investment: $425
Early Bird (before April 7): $375
*Previous experience with clown will be useful but is not required.

To register please fill out the following form and send a deposit of $150 via e-transfer to

For more info, contact Jacqueline at

**Participants must agree to the covid safety policies of Wee Witches to attend the workshop.

Jacqueline Russell (she/her) is a director, performer, creator, arts educator, and clown who plays, works, and rests in Mohkínstsis/Calgary on Treaty Seven territory. She has taught workshops in clown, physical theatre, and creation across the country, from Comox to Montreal. As a performer/creator she has contributed to many new works, including her feminist sketch comedy show Raunch (with co-creator Alice Nelson) which was held over at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival in 2009 and appeared at Fem Fest (Sarasvati Productions) in 2010 and Magnetic North in 2012. With her co-conspirator Jed Tomlinson she has created and toured two full-length clown shows, The Sama Kutra & Hushabye, to festivals across the country. Jacqueline is a graduate of the BFA program in Acting at the University of Alberta and completed her MFA at the University of Calgary where her thesis research examined the intersection of clown ways of knowing and feminist ways of thinking. In February 2021 she performed as part of an international lineup of female clowns for the online Red Pearl Festival in Helsinki. Jacqueline currently teaches for the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary, Ambrose University, and Inside Out Theatre. Her new show, Allergic to Water, will premiere in the summer of 2023, presented in partnership with Inside Out Theatre.

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