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Dates: March 1 - May 3, 2020

A weekly clown class running March 1st - May 3rd. Participants will go on a 10 week journey to find their clown. Every Sunday evening from 5pm-8pm at Sweet Action.

When: March 1st to May 3rd, 2020, Sundays 5-8
Where: Sweet Action Theatre, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON
Cost: $600 plus HST = $690
20% off for returning students and union members = $480

Tuition includes free access, during the course, to the Hogtown Clown drop-in every Tuesday evening from 7-9 at Sweet Action Theatre.

To register pre-payment is required to secure your spot as space will be limited to 16 participants.

Discover yourself at your most sensitive, open, human, ridiculous and genius! You will learn to engage with a powerful force that connects you on a profound level to an audience, opening a channel between you and them.

"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

We are more interesting than we think. We tend to present a polished veneer or a character we think people would like to see -both do us a disservice. With this training we learn about our deeply human and ridiculously funny side. Our idiot twin. The belly laugh from the audience is about the witnessing of something true and human and irresistible. Clear the debris. Step out of your cocoon and discover your beautiful ridiculousness.

This work helps us get unstuck. It teaches us to listen, to re-discover play, not to push too much or shy away but to let go and be attuned to the moment. You will discover your special quality that connects you to others, how to be present and engaging to an audience. It's a rudimentary practice for any performer.

“How do you find your clown? By following this saying to the letter: ‘When laughter breaks out, the clown isn’t far away. When laughter dies down, the clown goes away. Where is my clown? He is born in laughter, lives near laughter and dies beside laughter”- Philippe Gaulier.

John Beale is a teacher and award-winning actor based in Toronto. He is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris. He has trained, performed and taught extensively as a company member at the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.

He is part of the faculty at Humber College, George Brown College, Seneca at York University, Randolph College for the Performing Arts and the Toronto Film School for acting and clown.

Posted by: John Beale
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