Mask Improvisation for Actor Training & Performance: The Compelling Image
Because mask improvisation is relatively new in American theatre training, this work is designed to acquaint readers with the theory of mask improvisation and to instruct them in the techniques of the method as well. It gives a historical survey of the role masks of masks in various cultures.
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Masks in Western Theatre
The Lesson of the Mask
The Beginning Character Masks
The Life Masks
The Totem Masks
The Found Object Masks
Masks and Faces
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