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KARMA DRAMA AND CLOWNING – exploring biography through play – Emerson College, UK

with Mike Chase and Vivian Gladwell

Course Description:
This innovative course delves into the realms of karmic enactments through psychodrama, and biography work, allowing participants to explore their biography through the transformative power of play, mask work and clowning.

Course Objectives:

  • the principles of Karma drama and its relationship with personal narratives and past experiences.
  • Explore the art of clowning and its potential as a powerful tool for self-exploration and creative expression.
  • create a safe and inclusive space for exploration.

Who Should Attend:
This course welcomes anyone interested in self-discovery, personal growth, and creative expression. Whether you are a teacher, actor, therapist, or simply curious about shedding light on the impact of past experiences through the transformative power of play.

The group is limited to 12


Michael Chase
Mike established The Mask Studio in the mid 90’s and developed masks for training, education, performance and therapy. He has taught in these fields internationally for 35 years. He was the Artistic Director of The Mask Academy and the Glasshouse Arts Centre, Stourbridge for 14 years,  during which he created the Hero’s Journey programme for students using masks and psychodrama. For the last 9 years Mike has been working within a therapeutic community prison HMP Grendon using psychodrama and group psychotherapy. He is currently the therapy manager on a wing men with learning disabilities. His book Mask was published by Hawthorn Press in 2017. Mike is on the faculty of the Mental Health Seminar, looking at mental health in the light of anthroposophy. He has a diploma in psychodrama psychotherapy and an M.Ed. in educational research and is a fully insured member of UKCP.

Vivian Gladwell

Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently.
Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).
He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in 2006 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)

He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.

Course fee: £520  

Deposit: £200

Date and times: 2-7 June 2024
The course begins first day – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends on last day – after lunch – 14h30

Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex

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