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Uploaded on Feb 14, 2011

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Clown through Mask

Based on the pioneering work of Richard
Pochinko, the workshop synthesises Native
American and European clowning traditions to
guide you in the discovery of the clown.
Participants are taken on a journey exploring
colour, innocence and experience. Six clay masks
are made, creating your own personal mythology.
As they are worn and explored, various characters
emerge which lead you to your clown. This course
is taught by Sue Morrison, Artistic Director of the
Theatre Resource Centre.

Sue Morrison has been teaching, directing and
collaborating on Clown and Bouffon across the globe for
more than 25 years. Her work is performed on stages around the world and her students are featured in
Cirque du Soleil, Slava's Snow Show, Blue Man Group, and Second City. Sue trained with Second
City and Keith Johnstone, performed improvisation throughout Canada, and later became a Second
City writer/performer. On a quest to 'work from her heart' she met and studied with Clown Through
Mask visionary Richard Pochinko. He took Sue on as his protégé to continue to the expansion and
evolution of the work. An accomplished Clown and Bouffon in her own right, Sue also studied and co-
facilitated with Master Teacher, Phillipe Gaulier. Today, Morrison's unique and powerful work brings
together the diverse elements of Native American Clowning, Clown Through Mask, Bouffon, Le Jeu
and Improvisation, to create dynamic performance spectacles. Sue works with a wide diversity of
people, including some of the most established and respected performers and she has played a pivotal
role in the development of many emerging talents. Her work has been acknowledged as the basis for
some of the most innovative, award-winning theatre. She has taught in many countries, ranging from
the Dell'Arte School in California, Brazilian companies LUME and Teatro Anonimo. and Escola de
Clown in Barcelona. The Bravo Arts Channel aired Burnt Tongue, directed and co-written by Morrison,
and her work is the focus of several documentaries. A book on her work, written in collaboration with
the talented Irish artist and writer Veronica Coburn, is soon to be published.

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