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Mask Workshop in PDX - This weekend!

Katie McClenahan

Our friend and collaborator, Tony Fuemmeler is hosting a mask-making workshop this weekend only.

Design, sculpt, cast and paint your own mask!  Find new sources of creative inspiration, learn about the qualities that promote dynamic onstage play, and discover techniques for shaping a well-engineered character mask. You will leave the workshop with a plaster cast of your face and one painted mask.

Masks are awesome! Though they obscure part or all of the face, masks reveal so much more. Masks are powerful objects that inspire character and transform the people that wear them. They have a part in nearly every culture of the world, they show up in holidays like Halloween and Mardi Gras, and they are one of the original elements of theater as we know it today.

This workshop is excellent for actors and performers, costume designers and mask enthusiasts at all levels of experience. Ages 18+


6–10 pm Friday, April 29

10am–7 pm Saturday, April 30

10am–7 pm Sunday, May 1


The Mask Studio, 1516 NE Mason St


$300. Cost for materials is included.  Check, PayPal, Square, Chase QuickPay accepted. Pre-registration required by April 27. To enroll, email

 Use code PUPPET to register for a discounted price of $250. 



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Over the past 13 years, Tony Fuemmeler has designed masks for multiple productions on the West Coast and across the country. Locally, he has designed and built masks for productions like the Drammy Award-winning The Snowstorm (Many Hats), The King Stag (Lewis and Clark College), The Velvet Sky, The Adding Machine (Theatre Vertigo), The Storm in the Barn (Oregon Children’s Theatre), and Alice in Wonderland (Nomadic Theatre). 

Tony began working with masks at the University of Kansas in a production of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist. After graduation, he spent a year with In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (Minneapolis), and then pursued further training with Bruce Marrs and Joan Schirle at the Dell'Arte International School (Blue Lake, California). In 2014, Tony traveled to Ubud, Bali, to study with master mask carver Nyoman Setiawan, and then to Mumbai, India as a volunteer mask maker for The Maya Project(a collaboration of Teach For India and Artists Striving to End Poverty). Tony is based in Portland, Oregon.