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Posted by John Beale

6 Tuesday evenings
November 7th- December 12, 2023
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Sweet Action Theatre, 180 Shaw Street, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto ON

$400 plus hst
20% discount for returning participants, union members.
Scholarship positions available and financial assistance in cases where the cost is prohibitive. Pre-registration and payment is required as space will be limited to 14 people.

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This work explores the pleasure to play and the alchemy of failure. It encourages us to show up- to explore an open channel between ourselves and others. Clown teaches us to play, not to push too much or shy away but to bring our full selves to the moment – to find our open, sensitive, vulnerable, human and ridiculous quality. Open to actors, non-actors, clowns, artists and brave souls- all those craving to reconnect with laughter, the pleasure to play and a freedom from the fear of failure.

“With this work people have to find a way of being beautiful and surprising…and by beautiful I mean being in the grip of pleasure or freedom.” -Philippe Gaulier

John Beale is an actor and theatre professor based in Stratford Ontario. He is the master teacher of Clown and Bouffon for the Humber Theatre Arts Performance Program. He is a professor of acting, mask, clown, improv and scene study at Seneca College and Randolph College, Character Study at George Brown’s School of Media and Performing Arts and acting and scene study at the Toronto Film School. He has been teaching publicly offered performance workshops in Presence and Clown for over 15 years. John is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theater School in Paris, France.


“Dear John, When you did study in my school in Paris I did recognize you as a great actor. When I saw your show I recognized a great writer, poet and actor. But I knew it already. Thanks for your show, your friend, Philippe Gaulier”

Past Participants:

“Your workshop knocked a lot of stuff loose for me in a good way. Very grateful.”

“John’s workshop and his delivery were brilliant. Being able to play spontaneously allowed me to be at my best creatively. It gave me the opportunity to be “present”, feel, let my ego go and unearth some amazing ideas.”

“John Beale is a skilled and engaging facilitator. His workshop gave me new confidence in myself. I was brought back to life and discovered a more creative me. I laughed often and harder than I have in a long time. It was a very rewarding experience.”

“Seemed as if whatever plug had fallen out inside my soul was reconnected.”

“Thanks for guiding me through one of the most terrifying and exhilarating moments in my adult life. I very much appreciated your guidance during the last two days, and have certainly found some new perspectives that I would want to pursue further.”

“What a stupendous weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed the work, managing to stay pretty loose (vulnerable) as we leapt from one challenging task to another. I do feel I made some real headway in discovering “who I am” i.e. my essence. I surprised myself! Again, thank you for a most exhilarating experience.

Cancelation Policy

Full refunds for cancellations one week prior to workshop. For cancellations after that point the workshop fee will be put toward any future workshop.

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