Character Masks

Character Masks

Advanced Beginner/Advanced (Santa Barbara) 

Character Masks Workshop - Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
  • 8 Sundays at 6:30 pm- 9:30 pm Pacific

  • Limit 12 actors. 
  • 6/16-8/11

The classic "outside-in" discipline employing a unique collection of celastic masks after the collection of the Comedie Francaise and in the French tradition.  Precise physical and vocal character development from the mirror leads to complete and complex character creation.  Through improvisation, actors allow these final characters to evolve and then go on to create original scenarios featuring costume, props, lazzi, etc. 

Character masks is one of the great training tools for an actor, freeing the body and spirit of the actor. Behind the "safety" of the mask, actors learn to work boldly and break through habitual limitations. They commit to physical and vocal choices that would never be attempted or even dreamed of without the aid of the mask.  Ever fascinating, transporting work.  Ends in an informal scenario performance for friends and family.

8 weeks: $440. (or two installments of $220.)   

              10% Early Bird, Multi-class and Couples Discounts are available

    Early Bird discount for current and former students ends 5/24/24 at midnight

Write to [email protected] or call 805.451.6789 

to register, ask any questions or to schedule an interview 

N.B. All courses progress in a logical and consecutive sequence. Furthermore, students are frequently turned away once the maximum number of participants has been reached. For these reasons, students who begin the session agree to complete the entire session and are, therefore, financially responsible for that session.


"He taught more than any other teacher I had . . . is responsible for creating the kind of actor I am today. He taught me how to truly take risks in my work, invest authentically in my characters, and expect nothing but professionalism from myself and my colleagues. Peter’s standards were high and exacting, and as a student, I was thrilled to be held to them. It was the first time I had been treated like an actor, not just as a student. The method that Peter taught is still one that I use today – he gave me the tools to access, emotionally and intellectually, very dense material. He allowed me to see that with every character, every piece there is always a way that is deeper and truer than you first imagine.”
Julianne Moore, Actress