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Professional Development – Clown Trainer’s Training with John Turner

May 12 – 17, 2008

Artist and staff of Debajehmujig Theatre Group have been enjoying the rigors of John Turner’s (Mump and Smoot) Baby Clown Training for almost a decade now. Recently, three staff members had the opportunity to participate in and complete Trainer’s Training – a rare opportunity in this art form.

The Art of Clown is very popular among First Nation artists and audiences, reflecting a long cultural association to clowning and a healthy contemporary Anishinaabeg sense of humour to invigorate it. Clown has been integrated as a key foundation element of Debajehmujig’s Four Directions Creation Process.

The Train er’s Training was completed by Joe Osawabine, Joahnna Berti, and Bruce Naokwegijig.