|A founding member of Toronto's Theatre Resource Centre
(1975), Ian worked in partnership with Richard Pochinko
to evolve the T.R.C. Mask/Clown Technique, a uniquely
Canadian approach to Mask largely drawn from
Amerindian sources and to establish a safe, creative
environment for theatre artists.
|Since 1976 he has led extensive mask/clown workshops for the T.R.C., and in schools and
theatres across the country, including: Mummers Theatre, Newfoundland; Niagara-on-the
Lake Mime School; Maggie Basset Studio; University of Toronto; Parks Canada;
Da-Boj-A-Ma-Jig Theatre, Manitoulin Island; Native Earth Theatre; Caravan Farm Theatre;
Vancouver Film School; Workshops in the Performing Arts, Van.; Street Kids at Station Street
Theatre, Van.; Musqueam teens; ongoing (10yr.) mask therapy for Friends for Life and People
with Aids, Vancouver; Keremeos, Youth on Purpose, outward bound camps for teens; Xenia,
Bowen Island, attitudinal healing ; Mask for young teens from the Squamish Nation; Theatre
Terrific, neutral mask training; Memorial University, St. John's, Nfld., Cianciana, Sicily, 6 in 1
mask/clown work. It is a workshop of self-discovery, a way in to your creative source and how
to use your unique energies to create a character and clown. The students will make their own
mask as well as learn to internal technique with emphasis on interpret any other character
mask simply communication, gesture, body language and through form and color, bypassing
the thought process.
|Neutral, Character Mask, Clowning with Richard Pochinko for 12 years
Journeyman actor, Stratford Festival with Robin Phillips
Movement Expression, Linda Rabin, Montreal
Voice, Anne Skinner, Ottawa and Toronto
Film Technique, MarushkaStankova, N.F.B. Toronto
Stage-Craft, Neptune Theatre, Halifax
Mask-making, Set Design, Graphics, Painting, Vancouver Art School
B. Ed. University of Alberta, Mathematics & Art.
|Performance work as a multi-disciplinary theatre artist, bringing together elements of mask,
clown, ritual ceremony, video and graphic arts. Journeyman actor at the Stratford Festival in 1974,
continued to perform primarily in Toronto and Montreal for Nightwood, Native Earth, T.W.P.,
Tarragon, Factory, Theatre Centre, Quatre-Sous, PasseMuraille, the Citadel in Edmonton,
Gastown Actors Studio, Vancouver. Played a diversity of characters including Jean Genet, Picasso,
Hitler, Ezra Pound, Pythagoras, Alfred Jarry's Supermale, Goldsmith's Mr. Hardcastle, Jan
Kudelka's American Demon as well as Nion and numerous Fools. Co-founder and artistic
director of the Theatre Resource Centre in Toronto for 10 years, collaborated with Richard
Pochinko from 1971 to evolve what is now known as Pochinko Mask/Clown. Brought together
professional actors and people with life-threatening illnesses. Adapted and directed two short
Pirandello plays, interweaving personal healing stories in a ceremonial mask structure presented
at St. John's church in the west end of Vancouver.
|Vital Signs Jane Martin, The Cavern, Vancouver
Woman With a
Flower in Her Mouth Luigi Pirandello
The License Luigi Pirandello
Andre's Mother Playlet, Theatre Positive, Vancouver
The Maids Jean Genet, TRC, Toronto
Red Noses Peter Barnes, TRC, Toronto
Passages Mask, Ritual, TRC, Toronto
Asylum Clown Show, TRC, Toronto
Winter Solstice Mummers Play, St. John's, Newfoundland
Circus Bizarro Outdoor Circus, Kensington, T.O.
Cyrc en Bicycle Outdoor Circus, Ottawa, N.C.C.
Duck Off Melissa Aston, Vancouver Fringe
|Dora award nominations for Nion:
performance, direction, production,
costume design, set design.
Best new musical, American Demon.
Genie nomination, Kabaret de la Vita
Dora Award, Pythagoras
|Member: B.C.U.P, Actor's Equity
|Ian Wallace (nion) as The General in Auto-da-fe, created by Conrad Alexandrovitch,
|Nion in Kabaret de la Vita, Rivoli, Toronto, 1981