Long before any pandemic, masks emerged in cultures around the world. Their variety of forms and uses is endless. Their ability to transform the wearer and the world is astonishing. Butler University design professor Wendy Meaden will share some of this history and discuss the use of masks in the performing arts.
About the Presenter: Wendy Meaden is a Professor of Theatre and Associate Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University, where she teaches courses in costume, mask and makeup. Her latest travels to Europe included research and interviews with mask artists in five countries. She recently completed the book Masks Inside Out: History, Design, Construction and Performance for Focal Press, a division of Taylor and Francis/Routledge. Locally she has designed costumes for Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Cardinal Stage Company and ShadowApe. Professionally she is an active member of United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Costume Society of America, OISTAT and Phi Beta Kappa.
2 p.m. presentation followed by light refreshments.
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