Most of our
masks are based on etchings, paintings, and other research into what the
commedia masks looked like. They are not purely traditional, in that, in an
attempt to make them affordable for theatre groups and schools, we have
created them out of Neoprene and paint (traditional masks are made from
leather). In some cases we have created masks for characters that are not
traditionally masked. All masks can be painted in different color schemes,
or painted without highlights to look closer to the traditional leather.
greek theatre masks
Some of these masks are new creations based on the style of the
Greeks, however, many of these masks are reproductions of sculptures found in
the course of research. We have included pictures of the original source
where possible. We have created replicas of historical masks with the
interest of teaching actors what is was like to perform in masks in the past.
These are not the full helmet-like masks the Greeks would have used (with the
exception of the Giant Socrates below), however, hats and hair can be
attached by the performer. They are created in neoprene, with the focus being what these sculptures would have
required from the performer.