March 22nd - 24th

an opportunity for physically curious actors to explore the core principles of Jacques Lecoq's pedagogy for the first time.

It is an over-arching introduction in a playful, intensive setting and will cover such areas as Neutral Mask, Le Jeu, Gestural Languages, Lecoq's 20 Movements, Identification work and ensemble created theater.

The workshop is led by MTS founder and Co-Director, Richard Crawford who studied under Lecoq in Paris and who has been teaching this approach for 15 years in New York and around the world. Richard strives to create an atmosphere of meaningful abandon and physical precision. He is gifted in teaching to each student's particular needs and will help the training actor identify the areas of future physical theater training he thinks they will benefit from.

This workshop is intended to be a jumping off point for those actors who have identified themselves as physically based performers and who want to know how to nurture this impulse. To this end, MTS will provide 20% off EACH of the next two workshops the participants may decide to take.

  • Dates & Hours: Fri March 22nd, 6:30pm - 10pm; Sat 23rd and Sun 24th, 10am - 3pm

  • Location: Hunter College

  • Fee: $265

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April 19th - 21st

A dynamic and playful weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater.

From the nascent and oversized forms of Larval masks to the heightened archetypes of Commedia del'Arte, the theatrical mask has the unique and dynamic ability to portray the human condition in a both profound and accessible way.

This workshop provides an introduction to various character mask forms and the techniques needed to play them. Questions posed over the weekend include:

  • What makes a good mask?

  • How can the actor's body compliment the lines that exist within the mask?

  • What is the speed of mask play and how does it differ from unmasked performance?

  • How do multiple masks play at the same time?

  • How can we draw upon universal archetypes to play and understand a mask?

  • How do you approach the broadness of play that mask often requires while giving the character depth, nuance and specificity?

Types of masks covered: larval, expressive and commedia and utilitarian. This workshop is open to all levels and can serve as both an introduction to mask theater and a comprehensive refresher for the more experienced physical actor. The weekend will culminate in the creation of small 'passages' performed for a small, invited audience.

The aim of the workshop is give the actor the most inspiring experience in the making of masks and the ability to start to create stories using them.

  • Dates & Hours: Fri April 19th, 6:30pm - 10pm; Sat 20th and Sun 21st, 10am - 3pm

  • Location: Hunter College

  • Fee: $265