Led by theatre-makers and Lecoq alumni
Emily Ayoub & Madeline Baghurst,
Clockfire Creative Lab is education for the theatre.


Interactive improvisations, a heightened sense of play and the shared imagination converge to form a dynamic laboratory of creativity.

At the core of our approach to creative learning is the principle of ensemble collaboration and Jacques Lecoq's® insight that tout bouge - 'everything moves'. Our programs are geared towards unlocking the fundamental principles of physical theatre while encouraging students to search for unique and resourceful styles of storytelling.


Emily Ayoub

Company Director / Teaching Artist

A theatre-maker, director, performer and teacher, Emily studied at Theatre Nepean (2005) and is a graduate of Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School Paris (2011).

After two incredibly inspiring and motivating years at Lecoq, Emily founded Sydney-based Clockfire Theatre Company in 2012 with a vision to form an ensemble that create live performance works through collaboration and improvisation.

As a teacher and director, she seeks to draw on the artist's ability to imagine, write, collaborate and perform unique and dramatic content in a highly synergetic environment.

She has taught Mask & Mime, Devising Theatre, Clown, Bouffon and Approaches to Movement at AIM Dramatic Arts, AFTRS, Casula Powerhouse, InPlay Arts, Riverside Theatres and for school drama students across NSW.

Madeline Baghurst

Company Director / Teaching Artist

Madeline is a performer, director, movement coach and teacher. She has recently returned to Australia since graduating from Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School Paris (2018).

Madeline graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Performance at AIM Dramatic Arts where she studied theatre-making and producing, with a focus on acting. In 2015 she joined Clockfire Theatre Company where she inherited her passion for creating theatre that moves. 

She has taught devising theatre, movement and mathematics across NSW and reminisces on key moments throughout her studies when the magic of theatre revealed itself in its strength and wonder to unite and provoke an audience. She makes it her goal as a teacher to invoke these moments in a student’s journey.

The Story


It all started wITH…

… our training at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq Paris. At our varied conclusions of the two year course, a collective ambition to create new work was also characterised by an eagerness to share discoveries with those who seek to invent and devise theatre with a particular focus on ‘process’.

Clockfire Theatre Company was founded by Emily Ayoub in 2012 and the company have been devising as an ensemble ever since. 2019 brings the newly established Clockfire Creative Lab, a collaboration between Emily Ayoub and Madeline Baghurst and a learning model dedicated to the teaching of creative approaches to devising theatre with particular focus on Jacques Lecoq’s® ingenious pedagogy.