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WELCOME TO JOHN BEALE

acting coach

John Beale is a teacher and award-winning actor based in Stratford, Ontario. He is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris. He has trained, performed and taught extensively as a company member at the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.
As part of the faculty at Seneca at York University, Humber College, and Randolph College for the Performing Arts he teaches acting, scene study, improv and clown. He is a master clown teacher and has been holding publicly offered performance workshops and coaching actors since 2005.

 
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WORKSHOPS
ACTING COACH

 

UPCOMING

Clown Workshop Series in Toronto with John Beale
8 Tuesdays
April 5th - May 24th, 2022
Sweet Action Theatre 180 Shaw St, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON
$400 plus hst
20% discount for students, returning participants, union members.
Pre-registration and payment is required as space will be limited to 14 people.

Weekend Clown Workshop in Stratford with John Beale

April 2nd and 3rd, 2022
$300 plus hst
20% discount for students, returning participants, union members.

Pre-registration and payment is required as space will be limited to 14 people.

This work encourages us to show up- to explore an open channel between ourselves and others. Clown teaches us not to push too much or shy away but to bring our full selves to the moment - to find our open, sensitive, vulnerable, human and ridiculous quality.

The clown, unlike the comic, isn’t trying to be funny. They are committed to showing their virtuosity as a performer with such pleasure, openness, vulnerability and presence that we burst out laughing. We laugh because their pleasure to play is great. We also laugh when things go wrong for the clown or they aren’t received the way they thought they would be. We are engaged by seeing the clown deal with their situation. We fall in love with their energy; something we recognize; something deeply and ridiculously human.

"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

Workshop Series in Toronto Details:

During the 8 sessions (16 hours of instruction) we will explore:
-Igniting our pleasure to play.
-Using costume as body mask to find greater freedom.
-Creating ridiculous ensemble work.
-Exploring the alchemy of failure or becoming friends with flop.
-Developing a short clown piece.

Open to actors, non-actors, clowns, artists, brave souls and those craving to reconnect with the pleasure to play and the liberation that comes with falling flat on your face.

John Beale is an actor and the master teacher of Clown and Bouffon for the Humber Theatre Arts Performance Program. He teaches clown and improv for Seneca College and Randolph College, Character Study for George Brown’s School of Media and Performing Arts and Acting and Scene Study at the Toronto Film School. He has been teaching publicly offered performance workshops in Clown and Presence for over 15 years. John is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theater School in Paris, France.

When:
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30
April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

Where:
Sweet Action Theatre
Artscape Youngplace,
180 Shaw St, Toronto

Cost:
$400 plus hst
20% discount for students, returning participants, union members.
Pre-registration and payment is required as space will be limited to 14 people.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION
john@johnbeale.net
416-892-4322
Proof of vaccination required. Covid protocols will be in effect.

"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

Directly following the workshop stick around for the weekly Save the Show! event -free for workshop participants to watch or participate. Contestants try to stay on stage. The laughter in the audience is what keeps them from being kicked off. Whoever can stay on the longest takes home half the door $$$.

Weekend Workshop in Stratford Details:

During the weekend Workshop (12 hours of instruction) we will explore:

-Igniting our pleasure to play.
-Using costume as body mask to find greater freedom.
-Creating ridiculous ensemble work.
-Exploring the alchemy of failure or becoming friends with flop.
-Developing a short clown piece.

Open to actors, non-actors, clowns, artists, brave souls and those craving to reconnect with the pleasure to play and the liberation that comes with falling flat on your face.

John Beale is an actor and the master teacher of Clown and Bouffon for the Humber Theatre Arts Performance Program. He teaches clown and improv for Seneca College and Randolph College, Character Study for George Brown’s School of Media and Performing Arts and Acting and Scene Study at the Toronto Film School. He has been teaching publicly offered performance workshops in Clown and Presence for over 15 years. John is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theater School in Paris, France.

When:
April 2nd and 3rd
Saturday and Sunday
1pm-7pm each day

Where:
Factory 163
163 King Street,
Stratford. ON

Cost:
$300 plus hst
20% discount for students, returning participants, union members.
Pre-registration and payment is required as space will be limited to 14 people.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION
john@johnbeale.net
416-892-4322

Covid protocols will be in effect.

"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

Cancelation Policy
Full refunds for cancellations one week prior to workshop. For cancellations after that point the workshop fee will be put toward any future workshop.

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 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 - to find our open, sensitive, vulnerable, human and ridiculous quality. For performers and non-performers. 

"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

We are more interesting than we think. We tend to present a polished veneer or a character we think people would like to see -both do us a disservice. With this training we learn about our deeply human and ridiculously funny side. Our idiot twin. The belly laugh from the audience is about the witnessing of something true and human and irresistible. Clear the debris. Step out of your cocoon and discover your beautiful ridiculousness.


TESTIMONIALS


"Dear John, When you did study in my school in Paris I did recognize you as a great actor. When I saw your show I recognized a great writer, poet and actor. But I knew it already. Thanks for your show, your friend, Philippe Gaulier”

Past Participants:

"Your workshop knocked a lot of stuff loose for me in a good way. Very grateful."

"John's workshop and his delivery were brilliant. Being able to play spontaneously allowed me to be at my best creatively. It gave me the opportunity to be "present", feel, let my ego go and unearth some amazing ideas."

"John Beale is a skilled and engaging facilitator. His workshop gave me new confidence in myself. I was brought back to life and discovered a more creative me. I laughed often and harder than I have in a long time. It was a very rewarding experience.”

“Seemed as if whatever plug had fallen out inside my soul was reconnected.”

“Thanks for guiding me through one of the most terrifying and exhilarating moments in my adult life. I very much appreciated your guidance during the last two days, and have certainly found some new perspectives that I would want to pursue further.”

”Thanks a bunch for your stellar workshop. I kind of feel like if I had come to a zen meditation workshop I wouldn't have made nearly the progress towards accepting the present moment as I did with you and the crew. I think i might have a closer understanding of what the Taoist mean by "non-doing" now. Thanks!

“What a stupendous weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed the work, managing to stay pretty loose (vulnerable) as we leapt from one challenging task to another. I do feel I made some real headway in discovering "who I am" i.e. my essence. I surprised myself! Again, thank you for a most exhilarating experience.

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John helps you do what is needed most - the acting techniques and tricks to solve problems. Alternative approaches to the material are developed should you be asked in the audition to deliver the work differently.

 
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"Dear John, When you did study in my school in Paris I did recognize you as a great actor. When I saw your show I recognized a great writer, poet and actor. But I knew it already. Thanks for your show,

Philippe Gaulier

 

CONTACT

145 Caledonia Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 5W7

416-892-4322

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