How to bring a mask to life

Kahulu Maluo / MACC photo

Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Artist in the Community Program arranged for Andrew Phoenix (holding mask), the co-founding artistic director of Wonderheads Theatre in Portland, Ore., to visit Linda Carnevale’s mixed-level theater/drama class at Baldwin High School on Feb. 1. Phoenix had a suitcase full of masks of various expressions and introduced the students to the techniques of bringing a mask to life. He took them through a series of games and guided exercises, where they were able to gain a greater understanding of physical expression and “nonverbal articulation.”