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Jonathan Becker provides masks to professional theatres, individual artists, educational institutions and collectors worldwide.


Revealing humanity through masking.

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Commedia Dell’Arte Masks

Our most popular masks are designed for the Commedia Dell’Arte. Consisting of stock comedic characters such as Arlechino and Pantelone, they have great significance, each with a rich history and story behind it. Commedia Masks are often used in actor training, focusing on the connection between movement and expression. Our Commedia Dell’Arte Masks are based in the historical forms, but lean toward a more modern sculptural style.

Character mask being worn

Character Masks and Character Half-Masks

These Character masks and character half masks have been designed for both classroom use and for professional touring companies. The character masks are based very strongly in particular passions (rage, fear, jealousy etc.). For actor training the masks are great for encouraging an understanding of action and play. The full-face character masks lend themselves to a pure play of action and the character half masks allow for the use of text.

Neutral Masks

Neutral Masks

The neutral theatre masks are intended mainly for the training of actors. The neutral mask leads the actor toward a state of alert availability and an understanding of discovery, economy of movement and presence. It is a mask that is most strongly connected to the teaching methods developed by Jacques Lecoq. Neutral masks from the studio are currently being used in many of the top training programs.

Greek mask being worn

Greek Masks

Masks were an essential part of the Greek Theatre. Masks in the Greek Theatre provided means of transformation. The Greek actor was able to put on a second face and transcend everyday life taking on a theatrical persona. Our masks have been created over the years for a variety of plays and have been based loosely on ancient designs. Our Greek Masks are a three-quarter mask, covering the face except for the mouth.

Comedy and Tragedy Masks

Comedy/Tragedy Masks

The comedy tragedy masks originate in the Greek Theatre. They have come to symbolize drama in the western world. We have both decorative and wearable Comedy Tragedy masks.

Mardi Gras Mask

Mardi Gras & Costume Masks

Mardi Gras, the Carnival of the Americas, is the largest masked party on the continent. Mardi Gras has its origins in the mix of the French and African cultures of New Orleans. Like carnival, Mardi Gras begins on “Fat Tuesday” and ends with the beginning of Lent. Our Mardi Gras masks are of the highest quality and intended to inspire mystery and celebration.

Frog Mask

Masks for Shows & Miscellaneous Individual Masks

The predesigned individual masks and masks for shows have been created specifically for scripted works where masks are the central part of the theatrical event. Masks are available for Aesop’s Fables, James and the Giant Peach, Jack or the Submission, and others. This is an area of the site where animal masks and Greek masks are in abundance.

Larval Masks

Larval Masks

These Larval Masks are based on the Carnival masks of Ball, Switzerland. They’re oversized and abstract, representing a character of sorts that is in it’s very early stage of intellectual development.

Each of the masks is caught in a very simple state of naiveté. The world looms large and unsolvable for these masks. Wear one and humor ensues!

Jonathan Becker

About The Artist

Jonathan Becker is a mask maker, teaching artist and performer. He began sculpting masks in 1986 while a student in Paris, France and founded Theater-Masks.com in 1990 upon his return to the United States. Clients include Disney Theatrical in association with The Lion King, The Bravo Cable Network and Theater of Enchantment in Philadelphia. Jonathan has created hundreds of masks for theatre companies, producing organizations, individual artists and training programs in over 50 countries.

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The Masks in Action/Teaching The Commedia Dell’Arte

Custom Maskmaking Services Teaching, Workshops, & Residencies View All Mask Categories Full-face Character Masks Character Theater Masks Commedia Masks Neutral Masks Greek Theatre Masks Larval Masks Animal & Insect Masks Comedy, Tragedy, and Decorative Masks Mardi Gras & Costume Masks
2020 Mask Workshop Welcome!!  Jonathan Becker offers on-site workshops in partnership with The North American Laboratory of the Performing Arts, a small institute dedicated to a broad cultural exploration of the performing arts, the creation of new works, the exploration of fundamental principles and inspiring artists to be agents of change.

The Mansion, in Muncie, IndianaThe Mansion

The Charles Over Mansion in Muncie, Indiana’s historic district provides an ideal setting for artistic retreat and study. The workshops are held at the Mansion or in the historic theatres and studio spaces of downtown Muncie. Workshop participants are housed at The Mansion and other locations within the historic district all within walking distance of the workshop location, restaurants for dinner and Muncie’s quiet nightlife. The Mansion at 825 East Washing Street is one of Muncie’s greatest architectural offerings.  The beauty and handwork of the structure itself are an inspiration to its visitors.

Masks in Performance Teacher/Actor Training Workshop – June 22-26, 2020

A workshop for performers, students and teachers. Explore one of the most effective methods of actor training through Neutral, Larval and Character Half Mask. the mask tangibly reveals to the actor the intricacies of the art of performance, directing and an application of understandings to all styles of acting.


Mask Making: An Exploration of Expressive Form Workshop – June 16-19, 2020

This workshop explores the entire process and understandings necessary to create an expressive form, a mask that appears to change expression as it moves through space. 

Acting Mask Training

Each Workshop is $750 and includes lodging, breakfast and lunch for five days.

Early Bird Special - Save $150

Register before April 1, 2020 and receive the full of week of training, lodging and meals for only $600.

Flexible Payment Available

We recognize that even $600 can be a significant investment for theater practitioners and instructors, so we offer flexible payment plans. Reserve your spot today with only $200, and pay the remainder before the workshop begins. We also offer financial aid for qualified participants and grant submission support. Contact Jonathan if you are interested.