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Big Easy Awards

The Spider Queen wins Best Costumes in this year's Big Easy Awards!  This fantastical show featured 17 of my masks, amazing garments by costume designer Hope Bennett, and five puppet characters designed by Kenneth Thompson working in unison to bring  a new world to life! The NOLA Project earned two other accolades on The Spider Queen—Best Original Work of Theatre … Continue reading Big Easy Awards

NW Coast Masks and the Lelooska Foundation

For two Saturdays in March, I traveled to the Lelooska Foundation in Ariel, WA, to learn more about the art of mask carving in the Pacific NW. The Lelooska Foundation is home to one of the chieftainships of the Kwakwaka'wakw tribe. Many tribes in the NW have amazing mask traditions as a part of their … Continue reading NW Coast Masks and the Lelooska Foundation

A New Face

Hello again It's been awhile since my last blog entry, but I have been adding lots of other content—and a new look—to the site! Now it's even easier to see photos from collaborations with theater companies, performance listings, workshop opportunities, and my online store! Take a moment to check it out! 🙂

The Mask Maker

I've often found that people aren't quite sure what I mean when I say I'm a mask maker. Chris Hatcher of Field Guide Films gives a terrific peek behind the curtains in this video. The Mask Maker from Chris Hatcher on Vimeo. The masks I'm making here are for the production of The Spider Queen by … Continue reading The Mask Maker

Collaboration: Canby HS Dance Team

Hi! It's been awhile. But for great reasons! I've been working on lots of projects in the last few months. Here's a little about one of them. The Project Canby High has a team of about 25 dancers who participate in large dance competitions around the region. The dances are performed on a large gymnasium … Continue reading Collaboration: Canby HS Dance Team

An Italian Summer(y)

Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali Earlier this summer, I posted about my study with the Sartori in Abano Terme, a small city of 19,000 near the larger city of Padova. Here are a few photos of the rest of that work!   From our initial designs on paper, we sculpted our masks in clay. Then … Continue reading An Italian Summer(y)

Tutti piani

  Welcome to my first blog from Italia. In short, it's amazing! The study is engrossing, the people wonderful, a wine costs just a couple euro.Because of difficultly in previous years of the workshop, we aren't allowed to take many pictures during the workshop, so instead of lots of mask process photos, you'll enjoy shots of … Continue reading Tutti piani

Buon Viaggio

Strebor Ailuj At some point—after I had already researched various mask traditions and teachers around the world, and after I had already decided how to focus my next period of study, and after I had already begun strategizing  and planning my trip—I realized something significant. My first study in culture and mask traditions had brought me … Continue reading Buon Viaggio

Mask Making Workshop in Portland April 29–May 1

  Hello all! I've been  blog-silent, but studio-busy...  It's been a great year of building shows, creating mask pieces for museums, selling masks at Mardi Gras, and making connections with mask lovers, performers and teachers all over. I'm pleased to announce another mask making workshop in Portland. See details below. —Tony Design, sculpt, cast and paint your own mask! … Continue reading Mask Making Workshop in Portland April 29–May 1

Hunting for solutions

Behind the Scenes: The King Stag This show was produced at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and designed by Professor Michael Olich. I worked as the movement consultant for the actors and as an assistant designer/ builder of various mask and puppet items. Seven months before the show would open, we met to share broad concepts, … Continue reading Hunting for solutions