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Events CANCELED: Mask Arts Symposium/ Open House

CANCELED: Mask Arts Symposium/ Open House

Mask Arts Symposium

October 1-October 2

2021 Fringe Festival

2 hours, 30 minutes


Asian Arts Initiative, Main TheaterMap

Wheelchair Accessible


During the Open House Oct 1st and Oct 2nd, all participants of any of our workshops will be invited to display their masks in our gallery during our open house as well as perform and demonstrate their mask and theater work for a live audience.

These wonderful master artist teachers will hold the workshops, lectures and demos in mask arts.

Benjamin Bass (they/them) – actor, rapper, teacher and poet.

Craig Jacobrown – theater instructor, director, mask maker and puppeteer

Barbara L. Gregson – theater artist, director and author

Allen Bell – artist, poet, writer and art historian

Patricia Dominguez – director of ArcheDream for Humankind (ADHK), dancer, puppeteer and performer



Friday, Oct 1, 2021 – 6:30pm
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 – 1:00pm

Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.

Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.



Our open house hosts are the teachers and artists that facilitated workshops and lectures at the Mask Arts Symposium.

Barbara Gregson, Craig Jacobrown, Benjamin Bass, Patricia Dominguez, and Alan Bell.

Also special thanks to our assistant producers and staff such as Bella Weil and Judy Nelson.



Content Considerations

Appropriate for Ages 18+

Audience Instructions

Proof of  Covid 19 vaccination is required at the door for all Mask Arts Symposium workshops and on the Open House days as well.

When the doors open you may move around the space and see the variety of masks made by the students. This is a perfect time to network and meet the artists and participants of the Mask Arts Symposium. We will then present a live student showcase of some of their performance work along with demos and mini lectures by the artist teachers.


About the Artists

During The Mask Arts Symposium, these wonderful master artists teachers will hold workshops, lectures and demos in mask arts.

Benjamin Bass (they/them) is an actor, rapper, teacher and poet. Benjamin’s mask background is in the Brahe Mask Method, a deeply personal and highly physical work utilizing Improvised Mask Exploration, Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms and Somatic Intuition. They first began their training in this work under Akil Davis back in 2010 and was given permission to teach the Per Brahe Method.

Craig Jacobrown began teaching and directing theater in 1981. He has produced and performed mask, puppetry, theater and film professionally since 1983. Along with his family, Craig run’s a mask design, fabrication and education company called “The Maskery.” His mask design, fabrication and carving has brought theater pieces to life.

Barbara L. Gregson, theater artist, director and author, began performing with masks in 1984 with her mime and music company, “Mimsik.” She studied neutral masks with Jacques Lecoq, leather and papier mache mask making with Donato Sartori and leather mask making with Lauren Raine. She continues to create masks for her own work, as well as teach mask making workshops and mask performance.

Allen Bell, an artist, poet, writer & art historian, has spent his life’s work creating art to inspire people to challenge the inequalities of society. Alan fled South Africa during the apartheid gaining political asylum in Amsterdam where he founded of the blacklight mask and dance theater company, ArcheDream for Humankind which continues to tour internationally.

Patricia Dominguez is currently the director of ArcheDream for Humankind (ADHK). With a background in dance and puppetry, Patricia found a unique combination of the art forms in the work of ADHK. She aims to examine the relationships of archetypal characters, their process of communication and how that can be used in performance.