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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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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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A Few Comments on Theater Masks as Tools for Actor Training

This semester at Ball State University has been about using theater masks in the actor training sequence.  The training sequence is based on the work done at the Lecoq School in Paris.  We are using the neutral and larval (Basel masks) to teach acting principles so the actors can approach text and scene work more […]

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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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