Clown Through Mask (Book)

The Pioneering Work of Richard Pochinko as Practised

Richard Pochinko (1946–89) played a pioneering role in North American clown theatre through the creation of an original pedagogy synthesizing modern European and indigenous Native American techniques. In Clown Through Mask, Veronica Coburn and onetime Pochinko apprentice Sue Morrison lay out the methodology of the Pochinko style of clowning and offer a bold philosophical framework for its interpretation. Morrison is today a leading teacher of Pochinko’s Clown through Mask technique and this book extends significantly the literature on this underdocumented form of theatre.


Veronica Coburn is a performer, writer and director; and cofounder of Barabbas Theatre Company. Sue Morrison is a performer, director, the artistic director of the Theatre Resource Centre and a renowned teacher of Pochinko-style Clown through Mask.

What Is A Clown?
How Does The Red Nose Work?
Modern Performance Clown: Clown Theatre
What Pochinko Clown Has To Offer The Art Form


PART ONE: The Basics of Pochinko Clown

PART TWO: Building a Personal Mythology

PART THREE: Masks Two to Six

PART FOUR: Performance

PART FIVE: Joey & Auguste

PART SIX: Clown Theatre

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