The Face and the Mask

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Face and the Mask

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    History, practice and key developments of facial masking in theatre and the arts in a historical, cultural, political and social context, through theory and workshops. Introduction exercises to working with masks on stage.

    Fundamental questions of face, mask and masking as relevant to necessary for all performance practitioners whether actors, directors, dancers, choreographer and designers. Students will gain an understanding of face and masking as a scenic element and art form that moves beyond the boundaries of the stage proper and defines a particular domain of expression. Students gain basic studio skills that may complement their future professional aims.

    As a result of taking this course the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate understanding of the contribution that the face and the mask make to the idea of theatre as an art of metamorphosis.
    2. Demonstrate a familiarity with representative examples of masking and masks from different historical periods, their material culture, and the purposes for which they were made and contexts in which they were used.
    3. Identify how masks influence the meaning-making in theatre by providing a visual and sometimes even an acoustic context for action.
    4. Experiment with the use of masking and masks in stage productions, and their relation to acting, stage design and to the interpretation of dramatic texts.
    5. Develop their studio craft skills including mould making, casting and sculpting techniques in relation to individual design concepts.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Lectures, class discussions, video presentations.
    - Workshops
    - Office hours where students can discuss with instructor their concerns over ongoing projects.
    - Use of a Blackboard site where lecture notes, assignment instructions, announcements, and other materials related to the module are posted. 


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