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Introduction to Clown: Level 1 w/ Allan Turner

  • The Redwood 1300 Gerrard Street East Toronto, ON, M4L 1Y7 Canada (map)

**EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE UNTIL SEP 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, Tuesdays, Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11 - 7 classes / 21 hours
Where: The Redwood (formerly Centre of Gravity), 1298 Gerrard Street East, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON
Prerequisite: 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.
Cost: $300.00 (10% early bird discount if you register by Sep 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, Allan will guide you through games and exercises leading towards discovering your own hidden clown. 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!


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.