Clown through Mask intensive

'Of the many clown courses I've done this was by far the most inspiring.'

Samantha Holdsworth, founder Clowns without Borders UK

Please note: the next CTM course, originally planned for January 2021 has been postponed due to Covid-19. Watch this space or contact me for updates.

This groundbreaking, intensive course is a rare opportunity to develop your clowning in ways you could never previously imagine.

Combining Native North American and European traditions, it draws on the power of masks to free all aspects of your self to play. Out of these beautiful, surprising and ridiculous contradictions, your clown emerges. 


Over the four week training, each person makes and wears six unique masks – an act of facing and embodying all directions of the self. By facing all the fundamental aspects of our humanity, we can act as a mirror to the audience, revealing far more of ourselves through the physicality and vision of the masks than we ever could without them.


The first week begins with exercises that engage the whole self through movement, sound, paint and colour, laying the groundwork for wearing the masks. Subsequent weeks follow a process of making, and wearing each mask, followed by time to integrate and perform with the mask in clowning exercises, Feldenkrais, improvisation and performances.


The full-time course provides a thorough grounding in the art of the clown, combining exploration of the emotional and mythological realms where the clown lives with sessions on technique, structuring scenes, and physical expressivity. No previous experience of clowning is necessary, but a willingness to play, take risks and step outside your comfort zone is. 

Places are limited to 12 max; book early to avoid disappointment. 


This transformative method is based on the pioneering work of Richard Pochinko and subsequently Sue Morrison. Facilitator Jonathan has developed the work through his own 24-year engagement with Clown through Mask, drawing on his Lecoq and Feldenkrais trainings to supplement and enrich the work.

He has been teaching Clown through Mask since 2005, including several times as part of the London International Mime Festival. As well as being an award-winning theatre-maker, scriptwriter and director, Jonathan is an experienced teacher and facilitator who teaches theatre and movement at LAMDA, Central School of Speech and Drama, Embodied Poetics and arthaus Berlin (formerly LISPA). See full biog here

Dates: [4th - 29th January 2021 all weekdays; first week 4th - 8th: 10am - 5pm; thereafter 10 - 4pm weekdays (except Weds, 2-6pm) + soiree evening of 29th Jan.] - CANCELLED

Please note this course is full-time, intensive and energetically demanding. In addition to the hours listed, you will be papier-maching 6 masks in 3 weeks in the evenings and on weekends, so you are strongly advised to minimise other commitments during the four weeks of the course's duration. 

Where: Chisenhale Dance Space, London, E3 5QZ

Fee: Early Bird Price: £995 book* by 30th June 2020, then £1085 thereafter. - INDICATIVE COST.

How to apply: Email Jonathan (at foot of page) with a short letter of introduction about yourself & interest in clowning. *A non-refundable deposit of £195 is due to secure your place; the remainder of the fee is due in two payments in late October and by New Year. 

'Mind-blowing and incredible fun.' Matteo C., past student

'This was a wonderful and life-expanding way to spend a month! I learnt so much it will take me a long time to absorb it. Already I have grown as a person and as a performer in unexpected ways... I haven't laughed so much in a long time.'   Gerry Carroll, past student

'Clown through mask completely revolutionised clown for me, and what a joy! Jonathan is a sensitive, listening teacher with a deft ability to hold you, guide you and kick you up the bum at exactly the right moment... a gloriously mad, intuitive, dreamlike experience combined with a fantastically practical and rigorous ‘how to’ element that actually leaves you equipped to go and start making work - what a relief!'   Saskia Solomons, past student


'I can't recommend Jonathan Young's approach enough... it's a surprising and honest exploration of human emotions, a journey from the depths to the heights.  He leads each participant to discover something true and inherently human about themselves.' Genny Steccone, past student

'An exquisite journey...  I felt completely held and pushed to develop a tactile craft of the knowledge of clowning... It was the experience of a lifetime and lead me to create my own one-woman show! Technically useful, spiritually healing - I wish I could do it all again.'   Andrea Spisto, past student

'An astonishing journey... Hilarious, challenging, playful, empowering, profound, subtle, full of laughter and tears, love and pain.  I learnt so much about myself and the art of clowning.  It was such an enriching experience, that I would recommend to anyone in the performing arts who is interested in authentic human connection and the power of empathy... Jonathan is a wonderful facilitator and a true delight to work with.  He is both sensitive and firm with his guidance, creating a culture of trust and tenderness within the group, but was also not afraid to push individuals when he deemed necessary.'   Tiff Wear, past student

'Jonathan's course was mysterious, practical, hilarious and profound, and the performances created during the course were surprising and hysterical. Especially recommended for those who want to create and explore clown performances during the course.' Nat Bolonkin, past student 


'I'd definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in performance. The work is surprising, challenging, powerful, and will stay with me for a long time... Jonathan has a special way of empowering his students - he is adept at creating an atmosphere that can both challenge and nurture.' 

Daniel Hernandez, past student