Masque Smorgasbord

School of Drama: Movement

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Masque Smorgasbord

Fall 2018

Taught By: Shelley Wyant

Section: A

CRN: 7691

Credits: 1

The mask is an ancient transformation tool. Theater programs use mask to aid with concentration, freedom of expression, as well as physical confidence. This course is designed as a sampler plate. The class will explore a variety of masks that can aid in the development of stagecraft for any performer. It is especially valuable to actors and singers. Students will engage in a brief exploration between several styles of masks. The class begins with Neutral mask. These are full-faced non-speaking masks, which offer a window into breath and personal awareness. Next, the class will explore the Larva Mask. These masks were developed in Basil, Switzerland and offer the performer segue into full body expression using language. From there, students will develop a world of characters with Character Mask, adding clothing, language, and text. Through Character Mask there is an invitation to discover the pantheon of individuals that inhabit the imagination. The class will end with a look at the Commedia dell Arte from the 16th century Italian theater. No prior experience with masks is necessary. Professor Shelley Wyant has studied with Pierre LeFevre who originally devised the theatrical mask work with Michel St. Denis and developed it further at Juilliard, in Paris with Jacques LeCoq and in Bali with Idi Bagus Anom.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Movement (TMVT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 12

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:00pm 7/19/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 5:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Drama 151 Bank

Room: 106

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/13/2018