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Second Bi-Annual Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Etana Solomon, the second winner of Theater-Masks.com’s Bi-Annual Scholarship. Etana is a student at Georgetown University. Etana, through her work for a Microfinance NGO that focuses on female entrepreneurs called the Mann Deshi Foundation has been documenting the stories of struggle of women entrepreneurs in Mhaswad, India. Here is what Etana wrote: “These […]

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The Dopey State: Full Face Character Mask as Psychophysical Cleansing

Guest Blog Post 1 This following blog post is what I hope to be a long series of posts by guest bloggers articulating how theater masks are used today in their world of practice, teaching and students of life. The following was written by Jon Stancato, a long time client and collaborator in the design […]

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How Are Theater Masks Used Today: The Bridge Between Tradition and Contemporary Practice.

The phrase: “the mask reveals,” takes our discussion of masks and their important presence in performance, training, ritual and celebration in many directions. This post will focus on how the theater mask acts as an agent connecting the past and the present as if they existed together in the moment with a sense of immediacy […]

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First Bi-Annual Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Tan Vu, the first winner of Theater-Masks.com Bi-Annual Scholarship. Tan’s work as a young artist advocating for the LGBTQ community and efforts and desires to create a more diverse community in the entertainment industry especially as concerns Asian American artists won him the contest.  Tan is a student at The University of California, […]

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How Are Theater Masks Made

When looking at the answer to the question, “how are theater masks made?,” one needs to address two aspects of the mask making process and how they affect the final product. The two aspects alluded to here are one; the materials used and how the technical process of using those materials works and two; what […]

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How Are Theater Masks Used Today Post 4

Using theater masks for actor training began in the western theater with Jacques Copeau in France in 1913. Copeau believed the solution to effective teaching for the actor was to emphasize physical training. To accomplish this effectively he reached for the theater mask. The foundation of mask training lay in the actor’s awareness of the […]

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How Are Theater Masks Used Today in Greek Theater?

Often when writing about the use of masks in ancient Greek theater historians speak in broad general terms. Authors write that the ancient Greek theater masks featured “facial expressions” and “portrayed emotions” such as happiness or sadness. Although these statement s are not in and of themselves completely incorrect, they reflect a very superficial understanding […]

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