The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 22 March 2024
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W495 World Performance

Module description

The module engages students in a study of two or three mask-based performance forms, with an overview of interpretative and performative issues in mask work.

Module aims

- To introduce the distinctive performance concerns attaching to the use of mask in a range of World contexts
- To explore the creation of a mask and to experiment with its deployment in performance
- To engage critically with the meaning and significance of the mask in different cultures

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge and understanding of the distinctive uses of the mask in a range of performance forms
- Ability to engage with performance skills for various masked performance forms or traditions
- Creativity and critical awareness in selecting and preparing material for performance and seminar presentation.
- The ability to collaborate and negotiate with peers in practical work
- The ability to articulate and interrogate their own and others’ practice with respect to mask-making and masked performance

Module information

1. Overview: Masked performance
A brief survey of key examples of the Mask in performance from a variety of cultural and historical backgrounds, including professional and community forms.

2. Case studies
In-depth examination and exploration of various forms of masked performance (e.g. Ancient Greek theatre, Commedia dell’Arte, Shamanic performance, Noh theatre, etc), including techniques for adapting, making or developing the mask; movement and (where relevant) vocal skills in each chosen form of masked performance.

3. Mask Workshops: Practical sessions of mask work in various traditions beginning in the first term with Neutral and Character mask work for developing physical expressiveness and creativity. In the second term workshops will continue with in-depth work on two or three significant mask performance forms (e.g. Graeco-Roman masks, Balinese Bondres, Commedia dell’Arte, Japanese Noh, etc.)

4. Creating Masks: In group mask-making workshops, students will be introduced to simple techniques for creating masks. Drawing on case studies of various mask traditions, each student will create a functional mask and describe both the product and process in a seminar presentation which may include performance.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and workshops


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment of Practical Work    50% 
Practical   Seminar Presentation    30% 
Practical   Mask Creation Project    20% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jeungsook Yoo, email: jyoo@essex.ac.uk.
Margaret Coldiron



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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