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Face Hacking

What makes a mask a mask? How does a change in technology affect this ancient practice of transformation? I stumbled upon this video on Facebook. It's pretty interesting what they are doing. In one respect, it's a live-time version of makeup—the face is decorated with moving images, but the dimensions of the face are not altered … Continue reading Face Hacking

Mask Making Intensive Workshop in Portland: March 27-29

Hi everyone! I'm leading a workshop on half masks for the stage. Read more below! To be sure to hear about upcoming workshops and performances, join my mailing list. - Tony Making the Stage-ready Mask Learn how to make a mask that feeds the performer and is designed to play powerfully on indoor and outdoor stages. In this … Continue reading Mask Making Intensive Workshop in Portland: March 27-29

So. Epic.

The Epic Project Inspired by the study of mythology by Joseph Campbell (a favorite of mine too!), as well as theatre creators Ariane Mnouchkine, Jacques Lecoq, Peter Brook, and Complicite, Professor Stephanie Roberts is leading an exciting collaboration between UMKC Theatre and  the UMKC Conservatory IMP Ensemble. The working title is The Epic Project. It is a three … Continue reading So. Epic.

Devising mask theater

Hoping for a Remount in Fall 2015! Over the course of the last three years, I've had the great pleasure to work with Many Hats Collaboration's Jessica Wallenfels and Eric Nordin (and a slew of other talented artists) on the development of an original work of dance theater, The Snowstorm.  It's been a great journey, and I … Continue reading Devising mask theater

Faces of India

Once it was confirmed that I would be working in India this fall, I was excited to see if I could find out more about Indian mask traditions. Quick internet searches yielded little, only some tribal Himalayan masks to the north, and a number of colorful pieces in neighboring Sri Lanka.Talking with some people on the Maya … Continue reading Faces of India

Shots from the rehearsal room

I spent this last week in Pune, rehearsing with the cast at KCT.  We had more fittings and used the masks in rehearsal to discover any potential difficulties in comfort and sightlines. In the second act, there is a large dance featuring all sorts of animals, in a variety of masks styles that cover different … Continue reading Shots from the rehearsal room