Unmasking the Actor is a theatre performance course that provides students with a series of tools to allow them not to “play themselves” but to “play using themselves”.
The course is based on the performance philosophy and practice of Jacques Lecoq, where an investigation of the mechanics of the body is applied to dramatic creation using different acting traditions. Students analyze their body and movement with four different kinds of mask: Neutral mask, Larval mask, Commedia dell’Arte mask and the smallest mask in the world, the red nose of the clown. In this process, the disguise drives the students to discover emotions, movements and thoughts far from their habitual and comfortable modes of performance; by gradually removing the disguise, they reach self-awareness and learn how to enjoy their presence on stage. Combining the methodologies of Jacques Lecoq, Carlo Boso and Philippe Gaulier the course is a careful study of stage performance and its effects.