I’m going to a workshop at the end of this month led by Shawn Kinley and Steve Jarand who are coming over from the Loose Moose improv company in Canada. The theme is Mask and Improvisation (pdf) and I think it will be fascinating. Shawn is that rare combination of awesome performer and teacher. I also remember taking a short mask workshop before and being blown away by the experience. As the blurb says:
Our minds are conditioned to seek out and create powerful emotional responses to faces.
The use of masks is extensive with their use in rituals and occurs throughout the world reaching into our pre history. Masks today are used by skilled practitioners in theatre technique and organisations for deep self discovery and expression.
There are still places available if you want to join me.