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Mask Characterization

Mask Characterization

An Acting Process

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Libby Appel


Paperback (Other formats: NLEB)
136 pages, 6 x 9, 22 illustrations


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Behind the mask, Appel notes, the stu­dent is free to create a personality; paradox­ically, because the mask hides the self, it en­ables the student to probe more deeply into himself.

“This book describes, defines, and dis­cusses the mask characterization process, providing the theory behind the exercises and the step-by-step procedure in the organ­ic development of the character from the masks,” Appel notes. The manual is divided into two parts: “The Instructor’s Guide” and “The Actor’s Guide.” There is also an intro­ductory chapter, “The Class Structure,” which explains mask characterization pro­cedures in the classroom, and a sample class schedule may be found in the back of the manual.

This book adds a new dimension to actor training and learning. It is essential to aspir­ing actors seeking new ways to create honest dramatic characterizations.


Libby Appel is an Artistic Director Emerita of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


“Libby Appel in this book offers teachers of acting a detailed view of a way of working with masks. While the underlying assumptions are profound, the reader will find a wealth of practicality and specificity.”—John Ransford Watts, Dean, Goodman School of Drama, DePaul University, from the Foreword