Industry Listing, Workshop / Classes.


June 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2017
Friday 6pm-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON


Practice clown and you'll find that you may or may not BE a clown but your mind will expand in the attempt to achieve clownhood; The next to impossible work of authentically discovering your pleasure to play as well as your inner idiot - fallible, sensitive, open, human and ridiculous. After enough practice you'll know exactly what you're doing but make it look like you have no idea. If your pleasure play is great enough you will engage with a powerful force that connects you on a profound level to the audience.

"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

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. It's a rudimentary practice for anyone.

This form is studied to discover one's clown. For actors it's an essential workout to become more sensitive, open and connected to yourself and your audience. For non-actors it's a practice of re-discovering your pleasure to play, facing fears, showing up and finding your powerful connection with others.


Actors, dancers, filmmakers, painters, musicians, writers, stand-up comics, poets, teachers, acrobats, lawyers, clowns, doctors, public speakers, life coaches, facilitators, administrators, toy-makers, Gestalt therapists, HR, fine artists, surfers, rocket-scientists, computer programmers, inventors, Feldenkrais practitioners, massage therapists, chefs, event planners, mindfulness practitioners, psychotherapists, social workers, university professors and many others.


John Beale is a Toronto-based actor, teacher and director. A graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris, John also trained, performed and taught extensively with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is an artistic associate with reWork Productions in Toronto. He has been holding publicly offered performance workshops since 2005. More at

Cost: $300 + HST
50% discount for returning students
20% discount for Equity and ACTRA
Pre-registration and payment is required
Space will be limited to 14 people.

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