Creating CharactersINTRODUCTION TO CLOWN: LEVEL 1

In this 7-week intensive, the brains behind Toronto’s hit zombie clown Jean-Paul Mullet​ will guide you through games and exercises leading towards discovering your own hidden clown. Allan will draw from his 16+ years of experience clowning, as well as improv, writing, and a knowledge of the history of clown and comedy theory. The clown makes fun and parodies, not to single out the differences between us but to reveal how we all are ridiculously alike.

As a participant, you will learn to:

- challenge ingrained inhibitions and play freely
- lose your fear of failure
- be in your body
- follow impulses
- perform with authenticity
- react to both your outer surroundings and inner life
- have fun!

No experience necessary! This introductory course is designed for people with or without performing experience as well as emerging artists of all disciplines looking to re-energize and have fun.

INTRODUCTION TO CLOWN: LEVEL 2

In this NEW Level 2 7-week intensive, Allan continues to guide you on your journey to clown. There will be further explorations of play, status, and being open. New areas include persona, duo and group dynamics, and clown logic. Class culminates in a showcase when friends and family are invited to see you clown around!

INTRODUCTION TO CLOWN: LEVEL 3

In this masterclass, you'll learn how to create material ready for the stage. We'll tackle that dreaded question "Where do you get your ideas?" Over the first half of the course I'll teach you how to generate ideas, capture them, channel them, and give them structure. In the second half, you get me as your personal director and I'll guide you through creating and polishing a finished turn. I don't want to create Allan Turner-style clown performance. What you create is up to you. If there is to be any "Allan Turner" touch, it will just be tight structure, clear storytelling, and meaningful connection with your audience. We'll conclude with a soiree where you present your turns. You'll come away from this course with a piece you can perform in other shows and the tools to create new pieces on your own.

Level 3 is open to previous students who have taken my Level 1 and/or 2. **If you missed 2, you can still take 3.** It's not the end of the earth if you take the classes out of order, though I do recommend you still go back and take 2 when I offer it again in the spring. The three levels cover and emphasize different skills.

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