The scholarship approval sub-committee consists of the following regular members:
and the following alternate members, who join the committee in case a regular member experiences a conflict of interest:
Jenny is a professor of Acting and Mime at Laurentian University in Sudbury and at the MCCP, works as facilities manager and clown instructor. She has trained at Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, in ensemble creation, physical theatre and mime; as well as at the Mime Centrum Berlin in Berlin, Germany, training with Russian physical theatre master Gennadi Bogdanov in Meyerhold’s system of Biomechanics. For the last 8 years, she has continued her training in Clown and Bouffon with John Turner of Canada’s horror clown duo Mump and Smoot each summer at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Jenny is also a director, designer, puppeteer, puppet builder, theatre technician and playwright.
Jed is a bilingual theatre artist (French and English). He is the Co-Founder of Sizzle and Spark Productions whose inaugural show The Sama Kutra has enjoyed over 50 performances across the country. Their second show, Hushabye, is currently touring across Canada. At the MCCP, Jed is facilities manager and clown instructor. Other clown credits include: The Island (Hectik Theatre), The Lost and Lost Department (Pie Factory Collective), The Sleep Over (Under Ground Cabaret), and Ashes (Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival). After 10 years as a freelance actor, drummer, and theatre artist, Jed began his training in Pochinko clown in 2010 at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance (MCCP), primarily under the tutelage of John Turner of Mump and Smoot. Jed has taught clown for the University of New Mexico, the University of Regina, Bishop’s University, Dawson College, Tricklock Theatre, Momo Dance, and Dancing Sky Theatre as well as at the National Hispanic Cultural Centre in New Mexico. He is currently an Artist in Residence at the MCCP.
Julia “Jr” Lane is a scholar, a clown, a writer, a person committed to ally-ship, and a mother. She began studying at the MCCP back when it was still the Clown Farm and was involved in the process of gaining both not for profit and charitable status for the organization. After studying and apprenticing with John Turner and Karen Hines at the Clown Farm, Julia went on to pursue a PhD in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University, which she earned by writing a thesis about clowning. She has also studied clowning and related performance practices with David MacMurray Smith, Ian A. Wallace, and Deanna Fleyscher. She currently works as a Writing Services Associate at Simon Fraser University on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She is co-editor of the recent book Everyday World-Making: Toward an Understanding of Affect and Mothering published by Demeter Press in 2018.
Kenn is a director, performer, and educator. He received his BFA in Acting at the University of Regina and his MFA in Directing from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a Clown, he has taught clown for the University of Regina, University of New Mexico, Dancing Sky Theatre, Saskatchewan Drama Association, Theatre Saskatchewan, The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Tour, Tricklock Theatre, as well as at the National Hispanic Cultural Centre in New Mexico. He also created and performed in The Island, alongside Jed Tomlinson. Kenn has trained with Number 11 Theatre (Toronto), The North American Cultural Laboratory (New York), Vancouver Circus School (Vancouver), Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre (California), Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Alberta), Nomad Theatre (Portland), and at the top of his heart, The Manitoulin Center for Creation and Performance (Ontario). He is the artistic director of Hectik Theatre (Regina) and Souris Valley Theatre (Estevan), a founding member of Combat Improv, and a founding member of the Prairie Puppet Underground. He is proud to be a Saskatchewan artist, a new father, and a Clown.
Jennifer Dallas is an award-winning contemporary artist, hailing from the Canadian Rockies, and the founder of Toronto-based Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects (Kẹmi). Her work as a dancer, choreographer, designer and clown reflects her belief in the connective potential of dance. Influenced by extended travel, Dallas has earned critical acclaim in Africa, Eastern Europe and across Canada, for her playful and insightful work. In 2017, Dallas received the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding Female Performance, for her performance of Kittly-Bender, which also received nominations for choreography and production. Directed by John Turner, Kittly-Bender was created and workshopped at The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance.