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Workshops (Edmonton): Introduction to Clown

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Workshops (Edmonton): Introduction to Clown

Fool Moon/Small Matters Productions presents:
Introduction to Clown ! (Edmonton)

Stressed by the state of the world? Need some fun? Get in touch with your most authentic, creative, playful self. Unleash your Inner Fool – the one that has grown up within you, and which society doesn’t allow you to express!

Permission to:
• Live in the Moment
• Shoot from the Heart
• Thrive on Change
• Laugh at Failure
• Break every rule but Your Own!

Clowning is both a highly regarded part of actor training, and a catalyst for creative awakening for people from all walks of life.
“Every great clown is a great actor.” – Jacques Lecoq, master teacher

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

“Working with Jan was life changing for me. An absolute masterclass in vulnerability, presence and turning
perceived failure into legitimate victory. Go, go, go!”
– Luc Tellier, Director of Education and Outreach, Citadel Theatre

“I can’t recommend this workshop enough. I learned a lot more than clown technique – it’s the foundation of my whole creative process, and a design for living. Jan is a true master.”
– Trevor Anderson, Trevor Anderson Films

Dates: May 16 -19, 2024
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm ( 32 hours of instruction )
Location: University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Investment: $600 Includes: a $150 deposit
Early Bird: $550 til April 1st
Class size: Min 10, Max 12
Noses provided!

“The situation is hopeless but not serious.” – Irish proverb

For more info, and to register, contact Jan at

N.B. Participants must agree to the safety policies of Fool Moon Productions to attend workshops. See our Covid policy for more information.

Jan Henderson is one of North America’s leading teachers and directors of Mask and Clown. Through her company, Fool Moon Productions, she has devoted the last 40 years to helping people get in touch with their most authentic, playful and creative aspect – their inner Wise Fool – and use it to enrich their personal and professional lives. She studied and performed extensively with master clown teacher, Richard Pochinko, and co-founded with him what is now the Theatre Resource Centre, Toronto. As co-artistic director and performer with internationally acclaimed Small Change Theatre, she literally clowned her way around the world, discovering first hand that laughter is the universal language.

Jan teaches Neutral Mask at Grant MacEwan University, Opera Nuova, and the University of Alberta, where she has received four awards for excellence in teaching. She is a recipient of Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award, and the Elizabeth Haynes Stirling Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre. Jan is Senior Artistic Associate of Small Matters Productions, where she has c0-created and directed shows that enjoy critical acclaim on international stages. Her lifetime of work is celebrated in the documentary, The Wise Fool, available now from director, Geraldine Carr. Foolmoon

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