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A Commedia Mask Makers Materials

I was recently interviewed about mask making materials associated with Commedia dell’Arte Masks.  I thought I’d share this mask makers response here. Question posed: I know you’ve worked (fabulously) with neoprene and other synthetic materials.  What would you say to the traditionalists who believe that a mask needs to “breathe” or be made of “organic” […]

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Use of custom masks in theatre performance

Since man appeared on the timeline, masks have represented characters in theatrical performances. Primitive man used them.  All indigenous cultures have mask traditions. In Greece, the significance of masks increased from ritual to ritual-drama.  Theatre masks have gained immense popularity with the passage of time. In the Middle Ages masks were used in the mystery […]

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Jordan Moore

Third Bi-Annual Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Jordan Moore the third winner of Theater-Masks.com’s Bi-Annual Scholarship. Jordan will be a student at The University of North Carolina School of Arts School of Filmmaking in the fall of 2017. The number of applications for the Theater-Masks.com Scholarship was amazing this time around. After the initial read there were 8 applications that […]

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How Are Theater Masks Used in Actor Training?

The following is a sequence in which theater masks provide the cornerstone as concerns understanding and integration of physical principles for the actor. Several movement classes are listed and theater masks play a role in some as well as physical classes that are intended as preparation for the mask work. The sequence is designed to […]

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