Drama: Exploring Identity and Character through Neutral Masks |F18

Ages: 12-18
Day, Time: FRIDAYs, 12:00-1:00
Location: rOOM 2
COST: 95


Melanie White

Melanie White worked as a Production Stage Manager at Teatro ZinZanni for more than ten years, wrangling acrobats and serving up nightly helpings of circus, music, and mayhem. She is currently the Education Programs Director for SANCA, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle. Melanie also works as a director, with credits in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Seattle, and has more than 20 years’ experience as a teaching artist working with at-risk and under-served youth. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and an MA in Contemporary Shakespearean Practices from the University of Essex. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three children.

class description

There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common” — Jacques Lecoq
In this class, we will explore identity through the lens of theatre… We will use neutral masks to investigate body language, spatial relationships, and character interaction. We will play theatre and playground games, explore text and visual art and write for ourselves and each other – scenes, journaling, and character investigations. We will investigate who we are as individuals, as a community, and within society. The neutral mask helps us to see more clearly what we present to the world, and as we wear it we develop more concise movements, more specific emotional choices, and cleaner stories. If you’d like to read more about how a neutral mask works and see some images, click here: http://www.foolmoon.org/neutral-mask/

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

A willingness to take chances, play, and think hard!

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.


There may be an occasional short writing assignment to be completed at home (max 200 words once or twice during the session)

field trips:


additional fees/supplies:

Students should bring a notebook and pen and pencil to class.

parent involvement:

This class is intended for students only.

Age Variances:

Students outside of the age range listed on this class description will not be granted age variance admission.

Please see our Age Variance Policy.