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Theatrical mask has the unique and dynamic ability to portray the human condition in a both profound and accessible way. This class is an introduction to various character mask forms and the techniques needed to play them. It is dynamic and playful exploration of the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater. The speed of mask play and how it differs from unmasked performance. The broadness of play that mask often requires while giving the character depth, nuance, and specificity. Drawing upon the universal archetypes to understand and play mask. We will work from forms of Larval & Character masks and heightened archetypes of Commedia del’Arte. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and permission of instructor. Completion of a Tufts acting class, especially Acting Shakespeare or Acting Comedic Shakespeare, strongly recommended.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences