Playspace Studio, directed by Alan Clay , was first established in Auckland, New Zealand in 1983, and re-established in Sydney, Australia, in 1998 , where for the next 7 years h e taught year long clown courses .
Following this, for several years Alan toured a 5 day workshop throughout Australia and North America and f or the past 3 years he has been teaching 5 day residential clown retreats in Wanganui , New Zealand. Throughout this period he has been exploring and developing his teaching practice.
" The challenge with teaching clown is to achieve as much as possible in the short time available and many clown teachers use a cathartic breakthrough style. " When I developed my five day workshop series, my aim was to provide students with a series of tools, which they could use in performance situations, thereby empowering them to explore the art form through working in front of an audience. " I am now launch ing a new 3-week Clown Summer School to be held in Wanganui in January 2012 . In this course I am keen to not only give students the tools to work with, but also the opportunity to practice those skills, so they become more second nature. " --Alan Clay Playspace clown training has a physical and emotional focus, and encourages a theatrical and irreverent approach to the art form. Graduating students are now working professionally in many places in the world. "Alan's workshops are consistently described as challenging but fun. Alan keeps you on the edge of the unknown in his teaching work, so you are always comfortable, but always discovering new things. As the work progresses, this process leads to a sense of freedom which produces better and better performing work.