Using Masks for Learning

Using Masks for Learning
09 Jun 2017
17:00 - 19:00
55 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
The University of Newcastle

Education, psychology, the arts and history all tie together when we explore using masks as a learning tool. This creative workshop will demonstrate some of the creative and innovative methods of teaching that are utilised at the University of Newcastle. This workshop will develop your awareness of self. The workshop will illustrate how masks create an opportunity for the physchological to meet the physical.


This creative workshop aims to explore masks from pre-history to current usage and will look at how to use masks as a tool for developing performance and communication skills.


Participants will work with masks in an interactive setting, exploring how they can be used as a transformational tool to allow explorations of physical theatre and identity.

At the completion of this workshop, participants will have a greater knowledge of their own physicality and communication as well as developing presentation skills.


This creative workshop will cover the following content:

  1. Introduction – Context
    1. Ritual
    2. Theatre: Greek – Commedia dell’Arte – Meyerhold - Mnouchkine
    3. Society – Carnival – Halloween – Politics
  2. Warm Up
    1. Health and Safety
    2. Knowing a mask
    3. Best practice
  3. Physical release: Copeau and Lecoq
    1. Self-awareness
    2. Isolated movements
  1. Discipline: Asia and Decroux
    1. Movements
    2. Blocking
  1. Communicating without words: Brecht and Brook
    1. Tableau
    2. Script subtext
  1. Movement and meanings:  Meyerhold
  1. Rehearsing with masks:  Mnouchkine
  1. Tableau Part 2: Bogart
  1. Next Steps: Barba


This workshop is particularly suitable for, but not limited to:

  • Educators
  • Performers
  • Teenagers/adults
  • Those with an interest in performance arts
  • Individuals involved in public speaking

Delivery Style

This will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of a instructor lead lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows you to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application.


This workshop has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public 15 years of age and above.

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