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Tsungani Mask (no longer offered for sale)

The Tsungani Mask:

The sea was a valuable resource for the natives of the Northwest for it provided food, transportation, as well as inspiration. “Many legends and stories that were passed through generations involve the sea and it’s many creatures. The most important being Kumugwe’, Chief of the Undersea World.” He commanded whales, killer wales, salmon, and sea lions. Many stories involve an ancestor journeying to the bottom of the sea to visit Kumugwe’ and when the ancestor returns to land he’s brought with him wealth, rights and privileges of masks and dances given to him by the Lord of the Undersea.” Tsungani is an important figure in the art work of the Pacific Northwest as the killer whale is clan ancestor for many groups on the Northwest Coast.” Depicted here in vibrant colors, Tsugani demands your attention. Striking, yet oddly calming, you can hear the waves of the Pacific calling your name. What is it asking of you? Will you answer the call? Whether you have Native American heritage or not, a simple beauty can be found in honoring the traditions and culture of those who had an intimate relationship and a divine respect for the world in which they inhabited. What spirits of nature will you decorate your life with? Order your own custom mask today, and connect with nature in a unique way that has stood the test of time.

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2020 Mask Workshop Welcome!!  Jonathan Becker offers on-site workshops in partnership with The North American Laboratory of the Performing Arts, a small institute dedicated to a broad cultural exploration of the performing arts, the creation of new works, the exploration of fundamental principles and inspiring artists to be agents of change.

The Mansion, in Muncie, IndianaThe Mansion

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. 

Acting Mask Training

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.