Character Mask to Clown

With Deborah Kaufmann

Inspired by the teachings of Richard Pochinko,

Canadian clown master teacher.

"If we face the six directions of self, we can't help but laugh at the beauty that is revealed."

                                                - Richard Pochinko

This multi-disciplinary investigation is an inspiring way for the artist to make direct connection to aspects of his/her true self. In the spirit of physical discovery and playfulness we will visit our childhood room, experience a bittersweet goodbye, and find the personal meaning in the colors of the rainbow. 

We will each make six masks: North, West, South, East, Above and Below. We will connect to each direction by singing, dancing, sculpting with clay, writing and physically embodying the character of  the mask.  All six characters are combined to create a persona that is unique, with a deeply personal mythology and imagined environment that can be used for exploration and the devising of new material.

“The supportive way in which Deborah taught really resonated for me.”               --- an Australian Student

Slideshow of the Workshop

“It's a dream to find a teacher who combines a sharp directorial eye, intuition as a clown, and a deep knowledge of techniques and material."                                  --- a NY student

“I loved how this class felt both absolutely ridiculous and absolutely vital.“ --Barbara Michaels