Inspiring Interview with Sue Morrison (CA)
June 2 @ 17:00 - 18:30
Sue Morrison is the world-class teacher of performance-oriented Clown and Bouffon and has been instrumental in redefining clown for today’s world. An experienced performer, she is a sought after show creator, director, and consultant.
Early in her career, Sue was the protégé of Richard Pochinko, chosen to develop and add multiple new dimensions to his original Clown Through Mask. Today, Ms Morrison’s unique and powerful work brings together the diverse elements of Native American and European Clowning, Bouffon, Le Jeu, Improvisation, and Puppetry, creating dynamic performances that grip the audience.
She has co-created and directed successful award- winning productions at Fringe and theatre festivals across North and South America and Europe. Examples of her work include co-creating and directing ‘Absence of Magic’, acclaimed in both the Village Voice and TimeOut NY, and ‘Party of One’, winner of Best Clown Show at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Ms Morrison is also the co-creator of the popular bouffon, Red Bastard and co-created and directed the widely known Burnt Tongue trilogy – ‘Burnt Tongue’, ‘It’s Me Only Better’, and ‘Out of My Skin’ – a section of which is a part of Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity show in Las Vegas.
Sue’s teaching approach is individually-oriented, with an intense focus on developing and releasing each student’s potential to bring them to a new level. Her intensive workshops allow for the emotional excavation necessary to evolve stellar performances, as exemplified by her many students in global powerhouses Cirque du Soleil, Second City, Blue Man Group, Slava’s Snow Show and as individual performers internationally.
Sue is regularly invited to speak at international theatre conferences and her work is the focus of several documentaries and books. Most recently, Sue and co-author Veronica Coburn have written a book on the work titled “Clown through Mask: The Work of Richard Pochinko as Practiced by Sue Morrison”, published by Intellect Press