Mask Making

OCTOBER 26 & 27, 2019

In this intensive, two-day course, participants learn to sculpt, construct and decorate theatrical masks using a variety of materials to create fantastical stage beings. Stratford Festival Prop Builder, Michelle Jamieson,will lead you through the process of development, from idea to completed mask.

In this course students will learn and expand on the following skills:

  • Develop interesting and effective characters that will read well on a theatrical stage.

  • Discuss the history and significance of masks throughout different cultures.

  • Learn effective techniques for sculpting with Plasticene.

  • Create a plastic positive of your mask design with our vacuum-form machine.

  • Explore different mask-making techniques through a myriad of demonstrations.

  • Discover new techniques to create wire, buckram, foam and additive sculpture masks.

  • Develop skills to fit masks properly to actors.

  • Learn painting techniques that will enhance your sculpted mask.


The low student-to-teacher ratio in each course ensures instruction is geared to the participants' skill level and experience. Please indicate your related experience when you register.



Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Factory163,

             163 King Street,

              Stratford N5A 4S2

Target enrollment: 10 students

For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor