Culture Days: Clown, a Crash Intro

Details: This is a crash course in the art of clowning. Allan Turner, the mind behind Toronto’s hit zombie clown Mullet, will guide you through games and exercises leading towards discovering your own hidden clown. No experience necessary! This introductory workshop is designed for anyone looking to re-energize and have fun. Get over shyness, stretch your body and mind, and come clown around! This free class is part of Culture Days.


When: Sun., Sept. 28, 2014, from 7–9:30pm
Where: Arbor Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Advanced tickets required / Tickets available from UofTtix at 416.978.8849 or in person at Hart House


About the Instructor: Instructor Allan Turner is a writer, director, and stage/screen/voice actor as well as being one of the more sought after and respected clowns working in Toronto today. He studied improv at The Second City, bouffon and the Pochinko method of clown through mask with The Theatre Resource Centre’s Sue Morrison, and has an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University. He is a Theatresports and Bad Dog Theatre Company alumnus and continues to be a fixture in the Toronto comedy scene. For the past 13 years, Allan has acted as the fan favourite zombie clown, Jean-Paul Mullet. Mullet regularly performs in the Toronto Festival of Clowns and Lunacy Cabaret, and recently headlined at The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC to a packed house. Television credits include Zoink’d (YTV), Ed the Sock’s This Movie Sucks (CHCH), and Ed & Red’s Night Party (CityTV/G4), where he was a regular guest star. The tragicomedy Mullet’s Make-a-Play premiered in the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival to rave reviews. Currently, he produces and hosts the hit Mullet’s Night Show, a live cabaret done in the style of a late night television talk show. Follow Mullet online at


Hart House offers a seven-week clown class beginning October 5, one of over 35 creative classes in Film, Photography, Theatre and Creative Living & Careers.


Student Testimonials
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