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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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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr4.1.6.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr4.1.HSII.a - Discover how unique choices shape believable and sustainable drama/ theatre work.

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 6

TH:Cr3.1.6.b - Identify effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work.

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 7

TH:Cr3.1.7.b - Develop effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 8

TH:Cr3.1.8.b - Refine effective physical, vocal, and physiological traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Cr3.1.HSI.b - Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2019)

6.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr4.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

Acc.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

Acc.TH:Pr4.a - Discover how unique choices shape believable and sustainable drama/ theatre work.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

8.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

8.TH:Pr5.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Prof.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Prof.TH:Pr5.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

North Carolina Essential Standards

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts

MS 117.212 LII - Creative Expression: performance

B.2.G - create improvised scenes that include setting, character, and plot.

MS 117.213 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

B.1.C - create expressive movement and mime to define space and characters.

Alberta, Canada

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Reasoning and reflecting

Receive, offer, and apply constructive feedback

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Communicating and documenting

Compose, interpret, and expand ideas using symbolism, imagery, and elements

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Apply feedback to develop and refine ideas

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Communicate and document

Experience and express emotions through dramatic conventions

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

Ontario, Canada

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