Theatre Masks Out Side In examines masks from different angles and perspectives, combining the history, design, construction, and use of masks into one beautifully illustrated resource.

Each chapter includes key information about an element of mask study: history and uses, theatre traditions, practical principles for directing, performing exercises, design considerations, mask-making techniques, and considering makeup as mask. Artist interviews, theatre company profiles, and hundreds of images provide insight into the variety of mask styles and performance applications. Project suggestions, discussion questions, useful worksheets, creative prompts, and resources for sourcing masks are included to inspire further exploration.

Theatre Masks Out Side In is designed with the beginning theatre maker in mind, as well as prop makers, costume designers and technicians, and actors learning to use masks in performance.

chapter |2 pages


Face to Face

chapter Chapter 1|30 pages

First Encounters with Masks

chapter Chapter 2|48 pages

Facing the Stage

chapter Chapter 3|20 pages

The Director's Perspective

chapter Chapter 4|22 pages

The Actor's Perspective

chapter Chapter 5|46 pages

Masks by Design

chapter Chapter 6|68 pages

Mask Making

chapter Chapter 7|24 pages

Makeup, A Living Mask