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Theatre Capstone Features Mask Work and Physical Theatre


Actors throughout history and across cultures have used masks to convey characters in rituals and performances.

This is what intrigued RU senior theatre major Stephanie Goad to explore the techniques of mask work and physical theatre in her Honors Capstone. The majority of her study has been based on the teachings of two well-known artists, Jacques Lecoq and Rudolf Laban. The project applies the neutral mask training of Lecoq combined with exercises from Laban. Through this training the actor’s body develops a deeper understanding of movement’s storytelling potential.


The capstone will culminate in Stephanie’s performance of an original movement piece based on her study. This piece features a character mask she developed, created and built as part of the project.

Stephanie would like to invite all to see the outcome of her semester-long work. The performance will take place Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pridemore Playhouse in Porterfield Hall. A talk-back will immediately follow the performance.

A public reading of Cody Boyd’s original play “Blood Stained Stripes” will follow Stephanie’s performance.

There is no admission and ample seating.

May 2, 2013

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