Clown Training & Creative Workshops

Training that celebrates original creative impulse and offers pathways for its expression.

“Working with John remains one of the most creatively inspiring three weeks of my life.”

– Danielle Wilson
Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts
Brock University

A Clown’s Quest:

He is best known as the Smoot half of the award-winning Canadian Clown duo Mump & Smoot. He is also the founding Artistic Director of the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance (MCCP) aka The Clown Farm, a unique facility for research, training, creation and performance in all areas of the performing arts.

While the global pandemic resulted in the closing of the doors of the Manitoulin facility, John continues with the work as an internationally sought-after teacher and coach in the fields of acting, mask, clown, and movement. John has been working virtually and has also returned to teaching in-person.

Mump & Smoot

Co-Artistic Director of Mump & Smoot, John is the “Smoot” half of the award winning clown duo that have been a hit from coast to coast for the past 36 years. Read More


John teaches physical theatre, clown, comedy, mask and movement from the introductory levels through advanced performance and creation techniques. Read More

Directing & Dramaturgy

John works with creators/performers who are developing and producing their own work. Read More

Pochinko Style

Clown Training

Richard Pochinko was a theatre visionary whose greatest legacy may be the Clown Through Mask Workshop, affectionately known as the Baby Clown Workshop. His work has been widely interpreted over the years.

John trained and worked with Richard and is a premier proponent of the Pochinko Technique of clown training. John has taught over 10,000 hours and 1,000 students the introductory Mask and Clown Intensive also known as Pochinko Style Baby Clown, and has taught many more at the advanced level of Clown Boot Camp, as well as through dramaturgy working with other clowns, artists, and theatre production companies.

The Critically Acclaimed

Mump & Smoot

With Mump & Smoot, John Turner has created and performed in 8 full-length shows, performing in major regional theatres across North America and in the Middle East. Mump & Smoot have won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and two Canadian Comedy Awards and were nominated for the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in Theatre, among other industry honours including being Associate Artists at the Yale Repertory Theatre for 7 years.

& Training

Coaching and directing applications are limitless and determined through consultation with the individual artist or theatre company.

  • Pochinko Style Baby Clown
  • Clown Boot Camp
  • Writing from the Body
  • Solo Clown Creation and Performance
  • The Joey, Auguste, Ringmaster Workshop
    (working in duos and trios)
  • The Teacher’s Perspective


“I spent three weeks at the Clown Farm in the summer of 2008, and when I look back I can see clearly what I felt then; it was a magical platform that sprang me into a new phase of my life and my work.”

– Aurora Browne, Baroness von Sketch Show

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