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Jonathan Becker Theatrical Mask Maker

What are Theatrical Masks Made Of?

Theatrical masks are made from different materials depending on their purpose. Over time, the creation of theater masks has become more sophisticated with improvements in technology. Around the world you can find masks made out of wood, leather, metal, fabric, paper, plastic, and rubber composites. In today’s world, a simple party mask found at a […]

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The Theatre Mask and Devising

The question: why study devising as a theatre artist, actor, creator or playwright will be explored in this blog post. And as always “the mask” will be discussed as the vehicle driving the learning process and leading the student/artist toward understanding a deeper creative product. The current climate in today’s performance practice, on the surface, […]

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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 theatre 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 […]

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