Exploring Communication and Cooperation with Mask

Exploring Communication and Cooperation with Mask

Doug conducts versions of this 45-60 minute interactive workshop for elementary to high school students. Students learn and practice skills in better cooperation and communication by exploring how we “talk to each other through body language.” Students engage in movement and character development and experience mask theater and mime. Younger elementary students will participate in physical theater games that encourage cooperation, following directions, communication, and movement. Older elementary, middle and high school school students explore more subtle movements and communication through techniques from mask theater and mime.

Artist Background

When I introduce students to theater arts, foremost on my mind is to create a safe environment in which each student will be comfortable exploring and playing together with ideas as a group. I strive to create a relationship with the students that fosters trust and openness. I make use of many tools such as circus skills, music, mime, masks and puppets to add imagery and variety and to keep the student audience engaged Doug Berky’s performances are an intricately woven fabric of several classic theatre forms: mime, mask theatre, circus arts, and storytelling. His training includes a B.A. in Drama from Furman University, study at the Dell’Arte School of Mime and Comedy and an apprenticeship with mime artist, Tony Montanaro. Before beginning his solo career in 1983, Doug toured as a performer and mask maker with Two Penny Circus, Montanaro Mime Theatre and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He has appeared on the award-winning children’s TV series, See-Saw, and four TV specials for Swedish National Television. Doug has been a featured performer and teacher at the Eugene O’Neill Symposium, Commedia School in Denmark, Roanoke College among others.

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