Presence Workshop

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with John Beale

February 3, 4 and 5, 2017
Friday 6pm-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON


The study of showing up, being open, sensitive, vulnerable, human and ridiculous. Discover your special quality that connects you to others, being present and engaging to an audience, connecting and opening a channel between you and them.

Practice clown and you'll find that, although you most definitely have a ridiculous side, 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 failure and one's innate, inner idiot - sensitive, open, human and ridiculous and then to craft that into a show that will make everyone burst out laughing every time. After enough practice you'll know exactly what you're doing but make it look like you have no idea every time. It's a lie but so much more interesting than the truth. Finally it has less to do with presenting your vulnerability and more about engaging with a powerful force, beyond the personal, that playfully connects you to the audience.

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 facing fears, showing up and finding a powerful connection with others.

"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


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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