These neutral masks have been created in the spirit of training methods proposed by Jacques Lecoq and were inspired by the neutral masks of Sartori used at Ecole Lecoq in Paris, France.
The idea of using a neutral mask to train actors was first introduced by Jacques Copeau at The Theatre du Vieux Columbier. Copeau started with hoods, moved to a blank form and then discovered the need for a mask that represented neutrality. His students carried this idea away from his school. It was Jacques Lecoq along with the Italian sculptor Sartori who fully developed the methods and the neutral mask itself for actor training.
The neutral mask is a mask of calm. It is without expression and represents a being that has no past and no thought of the future. It exists only in the present. The mask is used to help the actor understand and develop a heightened sense of discovery, awareness of the space, a greater presence and a profound awareness of self. It is an extraordinary tool for actor training.
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.
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.