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Introduction to Teaching Mask

Created by Allison Williams

In Introduction to Teaching Mask, Allison Williams gives you a toolkit of mask and movement exercises to teach students to make big, confident physical choices, to work in their bodies, and play different characters - masked and unmasked.

Access to masks is required, but previous experience with masks is not.

13 Modules
2 hours, 13 minutes
6 Credit Hours

Course Outline

Module 0: Introduction 6:23 FREE PREVIEW
We use masks as a way to explore physical movement and expand a character's physical range, a way to create mask characters for plays like commedias or movement or mask-based plays, and as a way to develop their physical characterization that they can later use playing a regular role without a mask.
Module 1: The Running Man 3:51 FREE PREVIEW
Explanation and video demonstration of two different students performing the exercise "The Running Man".
Module 2: Exploring the Architecture of the Mask 5:49
Identifying specific shapes in mask and encouraging our students to get specific with what they see, and how to put those shapes into a character's body.
Module 3: Character Zero 24:59
Definition of character zero, how we use the body to create a character zero, how to physically commit to that body before moving, how to coach your students to make bigger choices both in their character zeroes and their movement.
Module 4: The Qualities of Movement 28:58
The eight qualities of movement as described by Rudolph Laban, how to instruct you students in the physical exploration of these qualities, how to coach the specific effort factors of each quality, how to bring the students from a n exaggerated expression of the quality to a more subtle realization.
Module 4B: The Qualities of Movement in Mask 4:30
How to apply the qualities of movement to mask work.
Module 5: Mask and Countermask 13:15
How to apply the qualities of movement to mask work.
Module 5B: The Qualities of Movement With Countermask 3:11
What is countermask and how to apply the qualities of movement with countermask.
Module 6: Mask Scenes 6:20
How your students can create short solo and duo improvised mask scenes, and how your students can start acting as mask characters.
Module 7: Using Mask Technique to Explore an Unmasked Role 8:58
How to take everything learned so far and apply these exercises to a 'normal' play; how to leads students in mask exercises in a way that supports character development.
Module 8: Taking Mask into Text 16:06
How to lead students in mask exercises that physicalize the text; how to associate specific gestures with text; and how to scale down mask-work into realistic acting.
Module 8B: Using Qualities of Movement to Explore Text 5:13
Exercise exploring the qualities of movement and how to coach students to go from those exaggerated expression to a more subtle version that can be used with a script.
Module 9: Wrap Up 5:28
Review of overall objectives, course materials, and how to take these newly-learned techniques directly into the classroom.

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