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Workshop (Calgary): Masks – Inside and Out with Steve Jarand

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Workshop (Calgary): Masks – Inside and Out with Steve Jarand


We all hide behind different versions of ourselves. The roles we play are temporary masks we wear. These masks help us navigate through our lives, yet revealing what lies underneath may feel too personal. But if we wear a real mask and play the game of disguise, honest expression turns our self-consciousness into an adventure. Showing something genuine from inside feels like a universal truth. It is a joy for us, and a gift to the audience.

In this workshop we’ll approach the actor’s endeavour with detachment and selflessness. Masks and mask exercises will help train feeling rather than thinking, instinct over planning and reacting instead of the on-going chore of acting.

Feel what it’s like to play on stage free from self judgement and self consciousness. Let the masks play with you and feel the release inside and out.

WHEN: June 8, 2019 (10:30 AM – 5:30 PM)

COST: $60 (registration online, by phone or email)

WHERE: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre (3512 5 Avenue NW, Lower Level)

This valuable workshop is presented at this low price in the spirit of community theatre.

Space is limited; to participate in the workshop please register in advance through our box office by calling 403.246.2999 or email Iam Coulter at

Online registration:

Instructor Bio: STEVE JARAND

Steve has been a member of Loose Moose Theatre Company since 1987. When not improvising and playing masks, he performs nature theatre in schools, mountain parks, museums and zoos. Beginning in1998, Steve established the Loose Moose Mask Group and has been teaching and performing with masks ever since. Each year the Trancemask tour of Europe gets broader in scope. Advanced student courses are now held in half and full mask. Masks are popping up regularly in Impro shows and prepared mask pieces are also performed.

In 2016 Steve completed a six month round the world trip with the masks teaching and performing in Columbia, Peru, Brazil, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan. Last year the masks showed up in Turkey and Israel as well, and this year they were off to Romania.

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