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"Introduction to Mask Theatre Technique"
Instructor: WACD alum Paulina Sahagun

This 6-week workshop is an introduction to Mask Physical Theatre Technique. This workshop will focus on the physical and improvisational exercises and techniques to bring a mask to life. Each week will begin with a physical warm-up and build on the techniques studied, such as the simplicity of gesture and the importance of sequencing.

Movement Dynamics will be explored through imaging and sound. Basic mime and clowning techniques will also be explored. This workshop will enhance the work of performers in all disciplines.

Saturdays, September 12 - October 17, 2015, 10-1 pm
Cost: $300 (Early Bird Deadline August 15th - $250)

Paulina Sahagun is a theatre artist and educator. She has toured extensively throughout Mexico and the United States with the Independent Mexican Theatre Companies, Los Mascarones and Grupo Zero. She is a solo performing artist with Great Leap, a multicultural performing arts company.

Ms. Sahagun was the recipient of the Gateways Initiative from the Rockefeller Foundation, and an artist in residence at the Center for Intercultural Performance at UCLA. She is a graduate of the Dell Arte School of Physical Theater and the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures.

Sahagun was a visiting faculty member from 2002-2009 at the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicano Studies at UCLA. For the past seven years Sahagun wrote, produced and directed "Calavereando", a satirical, musical, physical mask theater piece inspired by contemporary politics and social upheavals. "Calavereando" is the performance component of her Dia de Muertos Ritual Celebration and Performance, hosted by Highways Performance Space from 2006-2012.

Two years ago, Sahagun brought her adaptation of the Traditional Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration to the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department. This has become an annual tradition at the Woodlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum.

Sahagun's work within the community focuses on restoring and honoring the cultural origins that strengthen the identity of its members.

For more information email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our office at (818)-760-0408.

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 vicmarksVictoria Marks, professor of choreography in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and chair of the Disability Studies minor has accepted the position of associate dean, academic affairs for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, effective July 1, 2017. Marks will be taking over for Professor Diane Favro, who has served in this role for the past two years and is retiring after 33 years of service to UCLA.



WACD Professor Polly Nooter Roberts curates exhibt at LACMA. Featured in the Los Angeles Times,"At LACMA, a don't-miss African art exhibition full of mystery and beauty - Object for object, “The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts” provides perhaps the most flat-out beautiful museum exhibition in Los Angeles so far this year. " See the full story here from the Los Angeles Times. Photo by Christopher Knight LAT


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First Hand: In-progress Choreography from WACD Faculty. Featuring new work by faculty artists Lynn Dally, Jeanine Durning, Jackie Lopez and Sheetal Gandhi, the First Hand Faculty Concert is UCLA’s Department of WAC/D presentation of in-progress choreography. June 8 & 9, 2017 8pm, Glorya Kaufman Hall, Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater (Room 200) $6 general admission. Click here for tickets.


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