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Introduction to Clown: Level 3 w/ Allan Turner

  • The Redwood 1298 Gerrard Street East Toronto, ON, M4L 1Y7 Canada (map)

**EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE UNTIL AUG 17** 50% deposit guarantees your spot. To sign up, or for more information, email Allan Turner at theaftend[at]gmail[dot]com

When: 6:00pm-9:00pm, Mondays, Sep 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 15, 22, 29 - 7 classes / 21 hours (no class on Thanksgiving)
Where: The Redwood (formerly Centre of Gravity), 1298 Gerrard Street East, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON
Prerequisite: Introduction to Clown: Level 2 (OR related training and/or stage experience. Questions? Contact me.)
Cost: $300.00 (10% early bird discount if you register by Aug 17)


Led by Allan Turner, an award-winning performer and the brains behind Toronto's beloved zombie clown Jean-Paul Mullet. Allan will draw from his 20 years of experience clowning, as well as improv, writing, and a knowledge of the history of clown and comedy theory.

In this 7-week intensive, 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. 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.

Class culminates with a soiree where you present your turns. Happens after the 7th week. Date and location to be determined.


Allan Turner is a writer, actor, comedian, and one of the top clowns working in Toronto today.

He was voted Toronto's 'Best Male Improviser' in the 2015 Now Magazine Reader's Choice Poll.

From 2015 to 2017 he worked with the Toronto Festival of Clowns as one of its Artistic Directors where he helped to curate and create the annual Festival.

He teaches independently and as a member of the Second City Training Centre faculty.

For 18 years and still going, Allan has performed as his alter ego, the zombie clown Jean-Paul Mullet, now a cult celebrity. Appearances include YTV, Toronto Festival of Clowns, Edmonton Clown Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto International Circus Festival, and Lunacy Cabaret, the longest running circus cabaret in Toronto. From 2011 to 2017 he hosted the hit Mullet's Night Show, a live comedy variety show done in the style of a late night television talk show. The tragicomedy Mullet’s Make-a-Play premiered in the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival to rave reviews. In 2012, he headlined at The People's Improv Theatre in NYC to a packed house. Mullet's Dinosaur Adventure, a family friendly and educational show, sold out at the 2013 Toronto International Circus Festival. Mullet's Ghost Story debuted at the 2016 Toronto Fringe. Mullet's Masterclass debuted in the 2018 Toronto Festival of Clowns.

For the 2013 Toronto Fringe, Allan wrote and starred in Sour Grapes, a dark comedy featuring all new characters and clowns that the NOW Magazine awarded Outstanding Ensemble and said included "moments of brilliance." For the 2018 Toronto Fringe, Allan co-wrote and starred in A Kev 'n Cal Mystery to rave reviews.

Allan improvises regularly with his troupe Assface. He co-hosts Lunacy Cabaret as The Moon. He works with Zero Gravity Circus, is a Theatresports and Bad Dog Theatre Company alumnus, and continues to be a fixture in the Toronto comedy scene.

Allan trained in the Pochinko method of clown through mask with John Turner and Mike Kennard of Mump & Smoot at The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance and Sue Morrison at The Theatre Resource Centre. In addition, he recently returned from France where he studied Le Jeu and Bouffons with Philippe Gaulier. Allan trained in improv at The Second City Toronto. He studied voice acting with Melissa Altro (Camp Lakebottom, Arthur) and Stevie Vallance (Madeline). He has an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University and studied creative writing for children at the University of Toronto. Additional education includes a comedy writing intensive with Steve Kaplan (HBO) and workshops on writing for animation and comics with Matthew Luhn (Pixar), John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy), and Ty Templeton (DC Comics).

Television credits include Orphan Black (BBC America), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Zoink'd (YTV), the Canadian Comedy Award winning This Movie Sucks (CHCH), and Ed & Red's Night Party (CityTV/G4), where Mullet was a recurring guest star.