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FALL 2023 MASK PERFORMANCE TRAINING
Want to take MASK PERFORMANCE classes with us?
We are thrilled to announce that in September of 2023, we will be hosting a month and change of mask performance courses in Baltimore, Maryland thanks to a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council!
We offer unique physical theatre performance training in mask and body mask that are not to be missed. All workshops will be hosted by Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore MD, cost is 125.00 for 4 hours of training, 10am to 2pm, for ages 16 +. Discounts are available for multiple class registration! Registration is required.. Taught by Tara Cariaso and Parker Matthews, don't miss this opportunity to get embodied and celebrate raucous devising and mask performance with us! Send questions to Tara@waxingmoonmasks.com If you prefer to register outside of Eventbrite, please email me!
Sept 9th: Emotion & Character Masks
Explore complete body and breath transformation, creating characters with large emotions and distinct character shapes
Sept 10: Larval Masks & Body Masks
Delve deeper into character transformation using shape, geometric masks & body socks to develop characters that are larger than life
Sept 16: The Solo Clown
Find your wellspring of engagement through movement, big emotions and authentic play
Sept 17, Red-Nose Clown & Ensemble Devising
Unearth the wild play, discovery, and pathos when clowns interact and create onstage
Sept 23, Reimagining Commedia, day 1
Develop dynamic speaking masked characters with archetypal qualities. Day 1 features Solo character scene development, Historical contexts, archetypes
Sept 24, Reimagining Commedia, day 2
Develop dynamic speaking masked characters with archetypal qualities. Day 2 features multiple character scene development, Historical contexts, power structures
About the facilitators:
Tara Cariaso is a Filipina-American, Baltimore-based educator of physical theatre, archetypes, somatic acting, mask performance, and is founder/designer for Waxing Moon Masks Education and Fabrication Company. Tara earned her MFA from Dell’Arte Int'l School of Physical Theatre, and has received funding from GRIT FUND, Baltimore BASE Grant, and Alternate Roots to support her work in anti-oppressive organizing for DMV area educators. Cariaso and her mask fabrication and education company, Waxing Moon Masks, received a grant from the city of Baltimore in 2022 to recalibrate all their offerings around creating greater cultural diversity in theatrical mask performance and addressing inequitable practices in the theatre field. Her ongoing work with non-profit B4 Youth Theatre uses Somatic Acting practices for social justice play-making in Liberia, West Africa, and her pedagogy “Embodying Archetypes” is being used in devised theater practices across Maryland. She has been resident mask maker and consultant for Faction of Fools since 2021, reimagining an anti-oppressive Commedia Dell'Arte framework, character creation processes and masks for the next generation of comic actors.
Parker Matthews serves as the Education Director of Single Carrot Theatre and is a Baltimore-based theatre artist, teacher, mime, and storyteller. As an educator and performer, he has brought physical comedy and dramatic performance to audiences across North and South America. His works have been seen in settings as diverse as urban schools, mountain villages, exclusive private clubs, and agrarian community centers. While working with Baltimore City Public schools, Matthews originated the experiential-learning “Story Journeys: Live!” pedagogy and curriculum, which helps young students develop literacy and critical thinking skills through theatrical, imaginative play. Centering student empowerment, agency, and creation, this approach invites students into the role as co-creators and collaborators, so that everything created in the classroom reflects the varied perspectives and wild imaginations of the participants. He holds an MFA in Devised Physical Performance from the University of the Arts.
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