Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Masked to unmasked: The value of mask work in actor training
by Shaw, Christopher, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 58; 1528046
Abstract (Summary)

Actors create blocks based in fear, over-intellectualization of acting concepts, and the limiting assumptions they often make from any given theatrical text. Mask work can release the actor out of fear and into a non-intellectualized flow of freedom, expressivity and character transformation. Exploration with the various pedagogies and styles of Mask work can open doors for the actor that other contemporary training methods cannot, and therefore should be considered an essential component of the actor's training process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: LaBank, Erza
Commitee: Caban, Andrea, O'Gorman, Hugh
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Performing Arts, Theater
Keywords: Commedia, Copeau, Lecoq, Mask training for actors, Mask work, Metaphysical mask, Neutral mask
Publication Number: 1528046
ISBN: 978-1-303-98570-6
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