Mask Characterization: An Acting Process

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Southern Illinois University Press, 1982 - Education - 120 pages
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Behind the mask, Appel notes, the stu­dent is free to create a personality; paradox­ically, because the mask hides the self, it en­ables the student to probe more deeply into himself.

?This book describes, defines, and dis­cusses the mask characterization process, providing the theory behind the exercises and the step-by-step procedure in the organ­ic development of the character from the masks,” Appel notes. The manual is divided into two parts: ?The Instructor's Guide” and ?The Actor's Guide.” There is also an intro­ductory chapter, ?The Class Structure,” which explains mask characterization pro­cedures in the classroom, and a sample class schedule may be found in the back of the manual.

This book adds a new dimension to actor training and learning. It is essential to aspir­ing actors seeking new ways to create honest dramatic characterizations.

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Libby Appel is Dean of the School of Theater, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.

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