Resume: Jan Henderson

Mandate - The Creative Process

To develop and teach workshops that are centered around a study of the creative process, and the personalized techniques that allow that process to be applied to any human endeavor, from the arts, to holistic health, to business. These experiential workshops encourage and promote individual creativity, team building, informed risk-taking, innovation, and personal development through free expression of the authentic self.

 

Highlights of Qualifications

Thirty years experience in theatre - national and international:

  • Facilitating workshops for theatres and educational institutions across the country on performance, personal development and creative process
  • Directing plays: traditional, collective, mask, clown
  • Acting and performing: clown, mask, singing, dramatic roles
  • Writing: collective creations
  • Instructor, Acting/Clown/Mask, Drama Dept, University of Alberta
  • Creative Faculty, Leadership Development, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta
  • Contributor - The Stars in the Sky Morning: Collective Plays of Nfld & Labrador - Killick Press
  • Featured facilitator in - Phyllis’ Miracle, NFB documentary film on breast cancer survivors and University of Alberta documentary, Dare to Discover.
  • Broadcast contributor, MediaSense, AccessTV, Edmonton

 

Ongoing Projects

  • Building Foundations of Personal Leadership, The Banff Centre, Banff ongoing
  • Annual Mask & Clown Course: Drama Department, University of Alberta July

 

Experience

Founder and Director - Fool Moon Productions, Edmonton, Alberta, 1982-present

Workshop Leader: Corporate Creativity & Innovation

  • Syncrude Canada Ltd - Research Centre, Edmonton, Alberta 2004
  • Grande Prairie City Planners, Grande Prairie, Alberta 2004
  • Leadership Development, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta 2003-2004
  • Complexity,Chaos Theory and the Neutral Mask, The Banff Centre 2003
  • Heroic Hearts Inc 1995-1998 Corporate Showcase, Calgary
  • Nova Nordisk, Toronto
  • Kodak, Toronto
  • Bayer Pharmaceutical, Toronto
  • Xerox Canada, Bell Mobility, Owens Corning, Toronto
  • Educo International, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 1995
  • Marilyn Herasymowych & Associates, Alberta, 1995-1999

Keynote Speaker - Fool Therapy and the Healing Power of Humour

  • University of Alberta , Special Event, Edmonton, Alberta, 2005
  • Alberta Environment, Northern Region, Sherwood Park, 2003
  • Alberta Dept of Economic Development, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, 2003
  • Worldwide Airline Customer Relations Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 2003
  • Capital Care Grandview, Edmonton, Alberta, 2002
  • Edmonton Public School Board, Edmonton, Alberta, 2002
  • FOIP, Alberta Environment and Human Resources, Edmonton, 2001
  • Alberta Environment, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, 2000
  • AADAC Staff, Henwood Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1997, 2000
  • Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat, Hope Foundation, Edmonton, Alberta, 1999
  • Career Development & Human Resources, Govt. of Alberta, Edmonton, 1999
  • Humour and Healing: John Bradshaw Workshop, Lake Louise, Alberta, 1999
  • Career Development and Human Resources, Govt. of Alberta, 1999
  • Canadian Liver Foundation AGM, Edmonton, 1998
  • Connecting Women, Edmonton, 1998
  • Women’s Conference, Drayton Valley Health Unit, 1998

Workshop Leader - Fool Therapy and the Healing Power of Humour

  • Partners in Healthcare - conference on the arts in healthcare, Edmonton 2005
  • Meteorological Service, Environment Canada 2004
  • Corporate Leadership Development, The Banff Centre 2003-present
  • Intl. Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, 2002
  • Embracing Change, Alberta Environment, Edmonton, 2000, 2001
  • Self Empowerment - Communicating Power Inc and HRDC, Edmonton, 2000
  • Alberta Association of Rehabilitation Therapists, Edmonton, 1998
  • Women’s Conference, Community Health Services, Slave Lake, 1997
  • AADAC Youth Services, Edmonton, 1997
  • AADAC Adult Services, Edmonton, 1997
  • Driftpile First Nation, Community Health Services, Driftpile, Alberta, 1996
  • Alberta Teachers Conventions, 1990-1992

Workshop Leader: Rejuvenation Retreat™ with Catherine Samson

  • Calgary Region Service Provider Council - Persons With Disabilities, Alberta 2001-02
  • Indian Oil and Gas, Canmore, Alberta. 2002
  • Correctional Services Canada, Edmonton Institute for Women, 2001
  • Alberta Human Resources - Central Region Employee Wellness Retreat, 2000

Acting Coach for Singers

  • Alberta College: private students, Edmonton, Alberta, 1996, 1997, 1998 Die Fleidermaus, Edmonton Opera Company, Kelly Robinson, choir. 1996

The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta 1992-present

  • Mask & Clown Intensive, Special Sessions/Drama Department 1997-present
  • Mask, Clown, Acting, BFA Acting Programme, Drama Department, 1992-present
  • Educational Psychology PhD Counselling Programme, University of Alberta, 2002
  • Associate Professor in BA/BEd Programme , Drama Department, 1992-02
  • Family Therapists, Education Department, University of Alberta, 1997
  • Intersession Drama Instructor, Blue Quills College, St. Paul, 1993, 1994, 1996

Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Alberta 1998-2000

  • Clown Workshop, 1999, 2000
  • Mask Making Workshop, 2000
  • Clown Workshop, Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat, Blue Lake, 1998
  • Co-writer/performer, Bunraku puppet show: Psyche and Eros, Blue Lake, 1998

Sheela Na Gigh - Celtic Folk Group, Edmonton, Alberta 1992-2003

  • Co-Founder and Singer
  • Albums: Knee Deep in Moon Shavings , and Live by the Aire

Alberta Culture, Edmonton, Alberta 1984-present

  • Instructor, Dramaworks, Adult Drama Programme, 1984, 1987, 1994, 1996, 1999
  • Curriculum Team, Artstrek, Youth Drama Programme, A.D., Allen MacInnis 1992, 93
  • Instructor, Artist in the Schools Program, 1990, 1991

Small Change Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta Clown & Mask 1982-1991

  • Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director
  • Director: Hazard and Darlene in Love; This Side Up, At the Beach, In the Rockies
  • Clown/Mask Performer: One Beautiful Evening; Wings, The Bat’s Secret
  • Performed: New York, Edinburgh Fringe, London, Tokyo, Paris, Singapore
  • Tours: Alberta, New Zealand, Australia

The Theatre Resource Centre, Ottawa/Toronto, Ontario 1975-1976

  • Co-founder with Clown and Mask teacher, Richard Pochinko
  • Performer and Instructor

 

Free Lance Theatre 1973-present

Mask and Clown Instructor

  • Director, Cirque de Nez, Edmonton 2003
  • Holy Spirit High School, Lethbridge, Alberta, 2003
  • Annual Advanced Clown-Joey/Auguste Workshop, Edmonton, 1990-present
  • Axis Mime - Edmonton, 2002
  • Clownwise Inc, Winnipeg, 2000, 2002
  • Fringe Theatre Adventures, Edmonton Fringe Festival, 1999
  • Lakeland College, Lloydminster, Alberta, 1997
  • Regina International Children’s Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1995
  • Edmonton International Street Performers’ Festival, Alberta, 1995
  • L’unitheatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1994
  • Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1994
  • New Creations Theatre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1994
  • Walterdale Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1993
  • Red Deer College, Drama Department, Red Deer, Alberta, 1992
  • Precipice Theatre, Banff, Alberta, 1992
  • Faculte St. Jean, Education Department, Edmonton, Alberta, 1991
  • Catalyst Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1991
  • Takwakin Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1991
  • Grant McEwan College, Drama Department, Edmonton, Alberta, 1981, 1986, 1988
  • One Yellow Rabbit Theatre, Mask and Clown Intensive, Calgary, Alberta, 1984
  • Catalyst Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1982, 1983
  • Ontario Arts Council, Artist in the Schools Program, Toronto, Ontario, 1978, 1979
  • The Mummers’ Troupe, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1977
  • National Arts Centre, Student Young Company, Ottawa, Ontario, 1973, 1974, 1976
  • Kam Theatre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1978
  • Factory Theatre Lab, Toronto, Ontario, 1978
  • National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, 1973

Director of Plays

  • Silken Dreams,with magician, Sheldon Casavant, Edmonton, 2005
  • Under the Moon With Aunt Birdie, New Creations Theatre, Thunder Bay, 2001
  • Move-Ease, Clown Director, Kompany! dance troupe - Edm, Alberta, 2002
  • Ta Da, Edmonton International Children’s Festival, Citadel Theatre, Alberta, 1992
  • The Body Image Project, New Creations Theatre,,Thunder Bay,,Ontario,1992
  • Clown & Mask shows, Small Change Theatre, 1982-1991
  • Clown & Mask shows, Theatre du Coyote, Edm, Alberta, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Peacemaker, Chinook Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1991
  • Hi-Tech, Catalyst Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1983
  • Stars in the Sky Morning, Mummers’ Troupe, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1976, ‘82
  • Bone Dance, New Creations Theatre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, 1980

Clown & Mask Performer

  • CFRN TV, Paul Hann Show, 1985, 1986
  • Wings, Small Change Theatre, Edmonton, Singapore 1985
  • Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, 1980, 1986
  • Expo ‘86, Alberta Pavilion, Vancouver, B.C., 1986
  • Expo ‘85, Canadian Pavilion, Tskuba, Japan, 1985
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1984
  • Chinook Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1983
  • Dawson City Folk Festival, Dawson City, Yukon, 1980
  • Farrago Folk Festival, Faro, Yukon, 1980
  • Good InTents , a show for Alberta Parks, Alberta tour, 1979
  • Clown Chowder , a show for Parks Canada, Maritime tour, 1977
  • The Royal Brothers Circus, Maritime tour, 1974
  • Creation Myth , Theatre Hour Company, St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, 1973

 

Education/Professional Development Workshops

1974-present Transformational Speaking - Laura Kennedy

  • Bouffon -Serge Martin
  • Puppetry, Mask - Felix Mirbt
  • Extended Voice - Richard Armstrong
  • Feldenkrais, Constructive Rest - Jackie Ogg
  • Shadow Work - Noelle Poncelet
  • Singing - Diane Nelsen
  • Improvisation - Michele George, from the Royal Shakespeare Company

1970-1976 Mask and Clown training with master teacher Richard Pochinko:

  • Clown, Kinetics, Neutral Mask, Character Mask

1970 Bachelor of Arts, Honours Theatre, Dalhousie University

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2005 Woman of Vision - Edmonton's Global Television
  • 2005 Nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards
  • 2004 William Alexander Hardy Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Alberta
  • 2004 Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Alberta
  • Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund - Award for Career Development
  • Nominated for 1992 Best Fringe Experience, The Sterling Awards
  • Short Term Projects, The Canada Council
  • Edmonton Arts Council - travel grant, for Celtic band, Sheela Na Gigh

 

References

  • Jan Selman, Chair, Department of Drama, University of Alberta
  • Colin Funk, Creativity Director, Leadership Development, The Banff Centre
  • Kathleen Foreman, Professor, Department of Drama, University of Calgary,
  • Susan Ferley, Artistic Director, The Grande Theatre, London, Ontario
  • Allen MacInnis, Artistic Director, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre, Toronto, Ontario