"The Pedagogy of The Mask"

June 22nd-July 13th, 2019

This training, taught in a master-class format, is led by Paola Coletto and Amy Russell, two master teachers of the Lecoq pedagogy. Paola and Amy have the distinction of being two of only 40 students in the world to have been certified as pedagogical specialists under the direction of Jacques Lecoq (see École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq).

The program takes a dialogic and experiential approach giving the educators an opportunity to experience firsthand the transformative power of mask work. The training is suitable for educators already working with masks as well as those who have no previous experience but are interested in adding mask to their curriculum.

The intention is to provide educators with innovative exercises and new perspectives, giving them the tools to enhance their curriculum and/or to guide their own students through the process of creating devised work.

The journey encompasses a fundamental approach to specific types of theatre masks, including the study of Neutral Mask, Larval Mask, Primary Mask, the Half Masks of Human Comedy, Commedia Dell'Arte Mask and the Red Nose. Participants will have the opportunity to explore each mask experientially as students, and also to devise pedagogic proposals in which they will lead other participants. 

Registration Deadline is Friday, May 10th, 2019


Summer Intensive for Theatre Educators Coursework encompasses fundamental approaches to theatre mask:

  • Neutral Mask

  • Larval Mask

  • Primary Mask

  • Human Comedy/Commedia Dell'Arte Mask

  • Red Nose Mask

Summer Intensive for Theatre Educators Curriculum
Participants will be immersed in a curriculum that focuses on key aspects of mask work including:

  • The body of the mask

  • Movement analysis and physical preparation for mask work

  • Daily Viet T’ai Chi warm-up

  • The voice of the mask

  • Themes for improvisation

  • Autonomous Ensemble Work: Devising, Writing, Directing

  • Provocations for classroom and studio work

  • Discussion sessions on pedagogic history and theory

  • Excursion to the workshop and museum of Amleto and Donato Sartori

Dates & Deadline

MAY  10TH Application deadline

JUNE 22ND Arrival/Settling in

JUNE 23TH Meet the group @5pm

JULY 12TH "The Last Supper"

JULY 13TH Departure day

Classes are held Monday through Friday: 
9.00am to 5.45pm with a short lunch brake



Program Cost

The cost of the program is 2,200 Euros. Be aware that airfare, accommodation and other personal expenses are not included in this fare.

30% of the amount is due at registration as non-refundable deposit, The remaining amount is due by May 31st 2019.

Payment must be made in EUROS