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.

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

13 Modules
2 hours, 13 minutes
6 Credit Hours

mask character development

Course Outline

Module 0: Introduction 6:23
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Module 1: The Running Man 3:51
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Module 2: Exploring the Architecture of the Mask 5:49
Module 3: Character Zero 24:59
Module 4: The Qualities of Movement 28:58
Module 4B: The Qualities of Movement in Mask 4:30
Module 5: Mask and Countermask 13:15
Module 5B: The Qualities of Movement With Countermask 3:11
Module 6: Mask Scenes 6:20
Module 7: Using Mask Technique to Explore an Unmasked Role 8:58
Module 8: Taking Mask into Text 16:06
Module 8B: Using Qualities of Movement to Explore Text 5:13
Module 9: Wrap Up 5:28

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cr3.1: 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.

TH:Cr3.1: 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.

TH:Cr3.1: 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

TH:Cr3.1: 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.

TH:Cr2.1: 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.

TH:Pr4.1: 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.

TH:Pr5.1: 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.

TH:Pr5.1: 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.

TH:Pr5.1: 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.

TH:Pr4.1: 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.

California VAPA Standards (2001)


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


GRADE 6

TAMS6.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Identifies the elements, themes, and structure of drama
b. Identifies, describes, and classifies character traits
c. Interprets meaning within the context of a dramatic text
d. Explores the connections between theatre and real life
e. Compares and differentiates between various forms of media

TAMS6.2 - Developing scripts through improvisation and other theatrical methods
a. Identifies the elements of storytelling
b. Articulates creative ideas in oral and written forms
c. Demonstrates the conventions of dialogue
d. Identifies elements of drama and dramatic structure
e. Uses the writing process to generate a script

TAMS6.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Demonstrates effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills
b. Demonstrates the relationship between a character’s background and the character’s method of communication
c. Interprets motivation for a character’s behavior
d. Demonstrates appropriate interactions between characters
e. Explores the variety of relationships between characters

TAMS6.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Identifies similarities between theatre and other art forms
b. Draws conclusions about the relationships between theatre and life
c. Identifies theatre’s multi-disciplinary aspects
d. Utilizes a variety of sources to create original theatre
e. Demonstrates a variety of types of theatre performances

Grade 9-12 - FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE II

TAHSFTII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Critiques and analyzes elements of theatrical conventions
b. Generates and uses terminology and outline for critiquing theatre presentation
c. Cites evidence of how theatre reflects life through universal themes
d. Interprets text and subtext
e. Illustrates the process of script analysis in a variety of scripts

TAHSFTII.2 - Developing scripts through improvisation and other theatrical methods
a. Critiques elements of dramatic structure
b. Recognizes realistic and conventional speech patterns within dialogue or dramatic verse
c. Identifies and distinguishes between stock and dynamic characters
d. Lists the steps in the dramatic writing process
e. Differentiates between drama and traditional literary writing
f. Incorporates dramatic elements through improvisation
g. Constructs scenes based on the elements of dramatic structure
h. Compares and contrasts dialogue from various theatrical genres
i. Interprets the objectives, decisions, and actions of characters
j. Develops and critiques various scripts
k. Creates and performs scenes for authentic audiences

TAHSFTII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Investigates mental and emotional methods of actor for preparation
b. Demonstrates awareness of verbal elements of acting (e.g., voice, breathing)
c. Demonstrates non-verbal elements of acting (e.g., posture, facial expression, physical movement)
d. Acquires and incorporates sensory and emotional recall in character development
e. Constructs authentic characters through observation of human behavior
f. Demonstrates the goals, observations, actions, and tactics of characters
g. Differentiates between acting methods (e.g., Stanislavski, Uta Hagen)
h. Revises performance based on self-critique
i. Defends acting and character choices
j. Analyzes critiques of fellow classmates to create improved performance

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


North Carolina Essential Standards


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.

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