Winnipeg – April 2018: Clown Workshops with John Turner

The Manitoulin Conservatory, in partnership with The Red Nose Diaries,
presents two clown workshops in Winnipeg

Mask & Clown Intensive (Baby Clown)
Dates: April 14 – 29, 2018

Clown Turns Workshop
Dates: April 22 – May 1, 2018

Winnipeg Mask & Clown Intensive
Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 29
Schedule: Full day classes with one day off
Maximum 16 students
$1300.00 + $65.00 GST = $1365.00
Pay in full by February 20, 2018 and save the GST.
A deposit of $650.00 + $32.50 GST = $682.50 is required to guarantee a spot in class

This 100+ hours intensive workshop is the foundation course as taught at the Manitoulin Conservatory. This course is based on the work of Canadian Clown Master Richard Pochinko and has been named many things: From Mask to Clown, Clown Through Mask, or The Baby Clown Workshop (the student’s clown is born at the end).

In this workshop students begin with a focus on listening. The initial exercises are used to awaken and encourage a sense of pleasure, an awareness of the audience, and an honest physical and emotional response to internal impulses and external events. Many exercises are done with eyes closed to help exercise and expand the student’s experience of perception and focus. The body (through specific movement exercises) is approached as a source of visualization for character or story elements through improvisations that include a great deal of work with colors.

Once the color work is done the students are ready for the making and wearing of six masks. This is an involved process of physicalization and visualization, exploring the innocence and experience of each mask and the relationships between them. The masks are guideposts to the student’s creative playground and as such are also the guideposts to his/her clown. With each mask the student prepares a short turn (sketch) to express the essence of the mask without the use of verbal language. Through these turns and the exercises of the entire workshop the rules of clown emerge giving the student a fundamental understanding of clown and a deeper experience of the elements at play in any performance situation. This workshop is an intense blast and furnishes the student with multiple characters and a malleable structure for continued creative exploration with limitless applications. It is not necessary to be a performer to take this course. All are welcome, from all walks of life. 

Registration & Inquiries: For all inquiries and to register, please email Spenser Payne or Alissa Watson at

Location: TBA

Clown Turns  Workshop
Sunday, April 22, 1 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday, April 24, 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, April 26, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, April 30, 1 pm – 5 pm
Tuesday, May 1, 1 pm – 5 pm, with 7:30 show***
Maximum 12 students
$200.00 + $10.00 GST = $210.00
Pay by February 20, 2018 and the fee is $175.00 + $8.75 GST = $183.75

This workshop is designed for those who wish to work on developing and performing short clown pieces. The majority of class time will be devoted to the creation of turns and on performance; with additional time for exercises, discussion, & the exploration of themes that arise during class.

Students should bring a short turn that is less than 5 minutes to work on during class. This can include work not traditionally considered clown (i.e. text, song or dance) especially if students wish to explore the broader application of clown and mask to a variety of performance genres.

This course is largely designed for students who have completed the Pochinko Style Mask and Clown Intensive (Baby Clown) and additional gesture, mask, and colour work. Priority will be given to students with this experience.


Registration & Inquiries: For all inquiries and to register, please email Spenser Payne or Alissa Watson at

Location: TBA


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