Workshops and Residencies

Jonathan offers a variety of services as a teaching artist. Classes in mask performance as well as workshops in mask making have been offered to students throughout the United States, in Europe and in China. He also offers course work in movement for actors, physical comedy, acrobatics and unarmed combat.

Some of the pre-designed workshops and the Performance Demonstration are listed here. As with everything Jonathan does, custom workshops and residencies can be created to fit your training program or organization.

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Jonathan Kipp Becker teaching at University of Alabama

Past Residencies have been in:

  • Neutral Mask
  • Character Mask
  • Character Half-Mask
  • Larval Mask
  • The Mask Intensive (Neutral, Larval, Character Half Mask)
  • Greek Theatre Mask
  • The Commedia dell’Arte
  • Theatre Clown/Physical Comedy
  • Mask Making (Creation of Expressive Form)
  • Devising Through Masks of World Culture

Workshops Booked and Scheduled:

February 10 -14. 2022: The Mask Intensive & Facing Humanity: Masks of History and culture, a Performance Demonstration, Millikin University
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Jonathan Kipp Becker teaching devising with masks
funny moment with Jonathan Kipp Becker teaching commedia at University of Colorado

Training with Jonathan makes it seem effortless to awaken the most inspired artist within. His expertise, attention to detail, dynamic presence, and infectious playfulness make each class memorable, innovative and timeless.

– Alexis Black

I recently had the opportunity to take Jonathan Becker’s Character Mask Workshop for educators and performers.  It was an enriching and affirming experience for me as an artist as well as an educator. The arch and purpose of the mask work for actor training has never been more clear to me.

– Sheridan Thomas

This workshop was one of the most unexpected and deeply valuable experiences I’ve had in my life as an artist.  As a leader, Jonathan provided the perfect balance of structure and freedom to allow for organic, courageous and playful collaborations.  He pushed us to let go of our individual comfort zones and fight to see ” the space between.”

– Jana Ross

Workshops and residencies include a performance demonstration of the masks!

The Performance Demonstration:

Facing Humanity: Masks of History and Culture, a Performance Demonstration

In this performance, Jonathan performs masks from across cultures and from throughout history. This demonstration of the masks is an exciting experience for audiences allowing them to experience the art of masked performance at its finest.

Masks are stories. It is through the sharing of our stories that we grow to understand one another, where we realize the human experience is a universal one. Through the understanding and knowledge, the barriers that exist between peoples disappear; instead of walls there rises kindness, compassion, empathy and a celebration of our extraordinary differences. – Jonathan Becker

Facing Humanity Poster Lecture Demo

Jonathan has worked as an artist in residence, teaching mask-work and physical theatre for over 30 institutions in 6 countries:

  • The Theatre Conservatory at Webster University
  • The University of Colorado Boulder
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of the Ozarks
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Ball State University
  • The Baltimore School for the Arts
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • The University of Richmond
  • The University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • The MFA in Actor Created Physical Theatre at Naropa University
  • The Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University
  • The University of Colorado BFA Program
  • Hiram College
  • Miami University
  • The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Apprentice Program
  • The College of Wooster
  • Le Centre des Arts Sevran, France
  • The Houston School for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts
  • The Boston School for the Performing Arts
  • The Rey Schule, Ebikon, Switzerland
  • The Zwischenbhune Theater, Luzern Switzerland
  • Shaker Heights High School
  • The Cleveland School of the Arts
  • The Rhode Island School of Design
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • The Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium
  • The University of Virginia,
  • Oslo University College, Oslo, Norway
  • Denison University
  • The Park School of Baltimore
  • Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • Millikin University