Commedia Dell’Arte Mask Workshop

a FREE Day of the Arts workshop


Sat (5/4) 2:00


Learn more about Commedia Dell’Arte and stock characters
through a mask movement workshop with Doe Polanz and the Sapass Company!


Dorothee “Doe” Polanz is an Associate Professor of Literature and Performance as well as Culture and Translation in French and English. She also teaches mask acting/making, commedia dell’arte and cabaret performances. As a Performer and Stage Director, Doe specializes in non-traditional acting and interpretative dancing forms, focusing on the mask.

She is also the artistic director of SapassousakasS Theater Company, which tours and directs workshops in Europe, Canada, and the United States. SapassoussakasS is a theater company based in the Shenandoah Valley and founded by Guy Spielmann in 2002 in Washington D.C. The Sapass Company performances are based around commedia dell’arte, street theater, 18th century fairground farce, cabaret and masked acting. The troop performs in French and/or in English, and indoors or outdoors. Their productions are highly visual and always incorporate music, dancing and mime and puppetry. The name, SapassoussakasS is a play on the French phrase “Ca passe ou ça casse” which could be translated as “Do or Die”.


The Day of the Arts is sponsored in part by
The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County,
Earlynn J. Miller Fund for the Arts.

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