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Release: March 9, 2001

UI will host National Conference on Masks of the Theatre

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa department of theatre arts will host a National Conference on Masks of the Theatre May 17-20 on the UI campus in Iowa City. Registrations, open to the public, are now being accepted through the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes, and there is a special price for advance registration through March 26.

Featured topics will cover mask making, mask training and mask performance. All conference activities will be held in the UI Theatre Building.

Featured conference presenters will include Sears Eldredge, author of "Mask Improvisation for Actor Training and Performance"; Victor Reese, Tsimpshian mask carver from British Columbia; Ralph Lee, OBIE winner and creator of the "Saturday Night Live" Land Shark; Bruce Marrs, motion specialist for the film "Godzilla"; Judy Slattum, author of "Masks of Bali: Spirits of an Ancient Drama"; and Torbjorn Alstrom, internationally renowned mask maker from Sweden.

The UI organizers are faculty members Loyce L. Arthur, resident costume designer in the department of theatre arts, who has studied masking traditions in West Africa; and movement specialist Ralph Hall, who has an extensive background as a director of mask theater.

The conference will feature contributions from 40 other professional mask artists, and featured performances will include Faustwork Mask Theater of New York, Gateway Performance Productions of Atlanta and Joan Schirle, co-artistic director of Dell’Arte International.

Information, including registration forms and a full schedule, is available on-line at < http://www.uiowa.edu/~theatre/masconf.htm>. Or contact the UI Center for Conferences at conferences@uiowa.edu or (800) 551-9029.

The registration fee is $140 on or before March 26. Registration after March 26 is $150. The fee for student registrants without conference meals is $50; with meals the fee is $100. The conference single day rate is $75.

Financial support for the conference is provided by grants from the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative, the UI department of theatre arts, the UI Division of Performing Arts and Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

For UI arts information, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa> on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.